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Actor, Comedian, Film Director & Producer, Screen Writer (1937)
Tue Mar 21 2023
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Many fans of The Beverly Hillbillies want to know whether the actor from this TV series Max Baer Jr. is still alive or not. Well, let's find out through this article. 

Max Baer Jr. is a talented actor who is popular among the public for his role as Jethro Bodine in the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962). He is also the son of late heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer Sr.

In the early 1990s, Baer Jr. was also named one of the most well-known actors. Surprisingly, he was the director and writer of the film Macon County Line (1974).

Who Is Max Baer Jr. Wife? Are They Still Together?

The Beverly Hillbillies actor Max Baer Jr. was married to Joanne Kathleen Hill (1966 - 1971). The former couple began dating in 1965 to know each other better.

In less than a year of dating, Joanne and Baer decided to marry privately in 1996. The marriage ceremony was attended by close friends and family. The couple had no children after years of marriage.

Max Baer Jr. and his ex wife Joanne Kathleen Hill.
Max Baer Jr. and his former wife Joanne Kathleen Hill. Source: Briefly News

As the year passed by, Joanne and Baer's relationship took a turn of divorce in 1971. The reason behind their divorce was that Baer wished to start a family, whereas Joanne preferred to focus on her acting career.

Dating History of Max Baer Jr.

After the divorce, Baer went on multiple dates with Jane Waid and Kathy Kersh. Among all the other dates he went, Baer still goes silent when someone speaks about Chere Rhodes.

Well, Chere was the girlfriend of Baer, who shot herself on January 27, 2008, and was found unconscious at Lake Tahoe Home. The police stated that she wrote a note saying she was the one and tried to take her own life. 

After three days, Chere died in the hospital, but Baer still felt the chaos from that day whenever anyone spoke of the incident. 

Physical Stats: Baer's Height And Weight 

Max Baer Jr. is standing at the height of 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) same as the actor Kevin Csolak. His weight is about 87 kg and he has stunning brown eyes.

Max Baer Jr same stunning hair style from his 20s to 80s.
Max Baer Jr the same stunning hairstyle from his 20s to 80s. Source: Pinterest

Baer is also a well-known celebrity who has maintained the same hairstyle since the 1990s without using any product.

How Much Is Max Baer Jr. Worth?

Max Baer Jr. has accumulated a net worth of over $50 million as the actor Harold Ramis. He earned half of his wealth from his role as Jethro Bodine in the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies.

CBS paid Baer over $800 per episode and made 272 presence in The Beverly Hillbillies. The TV series has a worldwide box office record of over $57.4 million under CBS.

The Million Dollar Project Of Baer Got Cancelled

Yes, Baer's massive project to build a 40 thousand square foot gaming area with a 200-foot-tall (61 m) mock oil derrick was canceled in July 2012 due to its size.

Baer made much effort from 1985 to 2012, hoping to build up a gaming empire The Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino. In 1999, he began using his fame as Jethro Bodine as a market opportunity to make relations with gambling and hotels.

Max Baer Jr project under the name of Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino.
Max Baer Jr project under the name of Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino. Source: around Carson

In 1999, Baer and Roger Camas's business partner spent about one million to purchase 60 slot machines. On May 4, 2007, he purchased 1.0 hectares of land near north Douglas Country for $1.2 million and more land after zoning variances.

Baer's plan covered about 40 thousand square feet with eight hundred slot machines, 16 tables, and a five-story hotel with a cinema complex.

About Max Baer Jr. Family

The multi-talented personality, Baer was born on December 4, 1937, in Oakland, California. He was named after his father Maximilian Adelbert Baer Jr.

Baer's parents are Max Baer Sr. (father) and Mary Ellen Sullivan (mother). His father's full name is  Maximilian Adelbert Baer. 

Baer Father's Boxing Career

Baer's father, Max Baer Sr. was a professional boxing champion who won over 50 matches by knockout. He was named one of the top 100 punchers of all time.

Professional boxing champion Max Baer father of Max Baer jr.
Professional boxing champion Max Baer father of Max Baer jr. Source: Outsider

Unfortunately, The world heavyweight champion Baer Sr died in 1959 due to a massive heart attack. Baer's father's funeral was attended by 1500 mourners in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Siblings Details 

Baer is the brother of James Manny Baer died on July 23, 2009. The late brother of Baer died peacefully at home in Sacramento County, California, USA.

However, the cause of James' death was buried with his body at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum.

James is not the only sibling Baer has because he also has a sister. His sister is Maude Marian Baer who lives a healthy life in the USA. 

Death Of Baer's Friends And Mentor 

Except for Baer, the entire cast of The Beverly Hillbillies died. To begin, in 2003, actor Buddy Edsen died of respiratory failure at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

 Max Baer Jr with other cast members of Beverly Hillbillies
 Max Baer Jr with other cast members of The Beverly Hillbillies. Source: NPR

The death of Baer's friend Edsen was only the beginning of his agony. Recently, his former mentor Donna Douglas died at Baton rouge General Hospital due to pancreatic cancer on January 1, 2015. 

Educational Background 

Baer finished high school at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. He lettered in four sports and won the Sacramento Open junior golf tournament two years in a row.

While Baer's studies were going on, he also got to play with professional golfer Charles Luther Sifford in 1968 at the Andy Williams pro-am tournament. 

Baer achieved his Bachelor's Degree in Business administration from Santa Clara University. Santan University is one of the most reputed universities in the world.

About Baer's Journey To Be A Producer

Baer started his journey to be a producer with the cancellation of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1971. After the disbanding of the TV sitcom, he discovered mistakes that slow down his acting career.

Realizing the mistakes, Baer forged his own path by concentrating on producing a motion picture film called Macon County Line. He wrote the script with the help of his friend Compton and debuted himself as Deputy Reed Morgan.

Max Baer Jr own production film Macon County Line (1974).
Max Baer Jr own production film Macon County Line (1974). Source: IMDb

Baer's production gained more success than anyone could have anticipated. He made a massive breakthrough in North America, where the film earned over $18.8 million in 1974.

The movie Macon County Line (1974) was a total success that earned over $35 million under a budget of $250 thousand

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