Max Baer Jr.

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  • Trivia

    • Max married Joanna Hill on July 30, 1966 until divorcing in 1971. Though, they were married for 5 years, they had no children.

    • Max's height is 6'4" (1.93m).

    • In 2008, Max's girlfriend killed herself, she was 40 years younger than him.

    • Max auditioned for the role of Jethro Bodine after he had driven his roommate there to audition for the same role.

    • Max went without work for three years after "The Beverly Hillbillies" was cancelled.

    • Max's niece, Amy Lynn Baxter, is an actor as well.

    • Max's uncle Buddy Baer was a heavyweight fighter like his father and also an actor.

    • Max tried losing his Jethro image by making a pilot of "The Asphalt Cowboy," a series that would've featured him as a crimefighter, but it was never picked up.

    • Max dated porn actress Christy Canyon for a time.

    • Max received a minor in philosopy while in college.

    • Max dated Donna Douglas before they starred on The Beverly Hillbillies together.

    • Max's film, Ode To Billy Joe, was the first to use the title of a song for a movie title.

    • Max was very angry with Ron Howard's film portrayal of his father in the 2005 film Cinderella Man, saying that it was very innacurate and mean-spirited.

    • Max had trouble with ABC Network trying to prevent him from making a film based on Madonna's 1984 hit, "Like A Virgin," and he successfully sued them, winning a $2 million settlement.

    • Max wrote as well as produced several successful independent films in the 1970s, including Macon County Line and Ode To Billy Joe.

    • Max's first acting role was in a grade school performance of "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" at the Blackpool Pavilion in England in 1949.

    • Max received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

    • Max is working on opening a casino named "Jethro's" as he now has the license rights from CBS Network to use the "Beverly Hillbillies" name and characters. He is planning on opening it in Carson City, Nevada, spending around $250 million. He had bought a closed Wal-Mart building there in 2003 for around $3 million, but has changed his plans on using that building, opting to build new facilities instead. Some of the attractions he plans on featuring include a 200-foot high oil derrick with a burning flame on top of it and a Hillbilly limosine, designed after the truck on the series.

    • Max was friends with Elvis Presley in the 1960s.

    • Max is left-handed.

    • Max's father, Max Baer Sr., was a heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Quotes

    • (About Ron Howard and the film "Cinderella Man)
      Max Baer: Ronnie didn't want to show anything positive about my dad. He didn't want to show he was a hero. 'Jimmy Braddock was a great guy,' my father always said. But you don't build him up as the hero of the downtrodden by bringing my dad down.

    • (On being called Jethro now):
      Max Baer: It's like somebody calling you a son of a b____. If he's your friend, it's okay. If he's your enemy, it's not.

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