Max Baer Jr. Net Worth

Net Worth: $50 million
Age: 80
Full name: Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr
Born: December 4, 1937
Country of Origin: United States of America
Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Last Updated: 2018


Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr. popularly known as Max Baer Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. If you want to know more about this legendary producer’s life, net worth, family, please read on.

Early Life

He was born on the 4th day of December, 1937 in Oakland, California, he is the son of boxing champion Max Baer and his wife Mary Ellen Sullivan.

His father was from German, Jewish, and Scots-Irish descent. His brother and sister are James Manny Baer (1941–2009) and Maude Baer (b. 1943).


Max Baer Jr. was a boxer and actor Buddy Baer. He is best known for playing Jethro Bodine, the dimwitted son of Jed Clampett’s (played by Buddy Ebsen) nephew on The Beverly Hillbillies.

After the death of Donna Douglas in January 2015, Baer became the last surviving member of that show’s main cast.

Max Baer Jr. attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, the capital city of U.S. state of California, where he earned letters in four sports and twice won the junior title at the Sacramento Open golf tournament.

Playing with Charlie Sifford (a professional golfer who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour.

He won the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969.), Later on Max Baer Jr. won the pro-am tournament at the 1968 Andy Williams – San Diego Open.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, California with a minor in philosophy.


Max Baer Jr.’s first acting task was in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Black pool Pavilion in England in the year 1949.

He started acting professionally in 1960 at Warner Bros., there he made several appearances on television programs which includes; 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, Cheyenne, Maverick and The Roaring 20s.

His career kicked off two years later, when he joined the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies

In the year 1962, Max Baer Jr. was told to play the role of the doltish Jethro Bodine, Jed Clampett’s cousin’s son. This attested to be the high point of his acting profession and the role for which he is best remembered.

He continued to play other roles during the nine-year run of The Beverly Hillbilles and emerge on the television programs Vacation Playhouse and Love, American Style, as well as in the western A Time for Killing.

Later Profession

The Beverly Hillbillies went off the air in the 1971, and Baer made numerous guest appearances on television. However, he found himself typecast by his former role. He then concentrated on feature motion pictures, at this point he was behind the camera, writing, producing and directing

Max Baer Jr. wrote and produced the drama Macon County Line (1974), in which he played Deputy Reed Morgan.

This was the highest-grossing movie per dollar invested at the time. Made for just $110,000, (One hundred and ten thousand dollars) this earned almost $25,000,000.00 (Twenty five million dollars) at the box office. This record lasted until the time it was broken by The Blair Witch Project in the year 1999.

Baer also wrote, produced, and directed the drama The Wild McCullochs (1975), in which he played Culver Robinson.

He then got the idea of using the title of a popular song as a movie title, thereby acquiring the rights to the Bobbie Gentry hit song and producing Ode to Billy Joe in the year 1976. Made for $1.1 million (One million one hundred thousand dollars), it grossed $27 million (Twenty seven million dollars) at the box office, plus earnings in excess of $2.65 million (Two million six hundred and fifty thousand dollars) in the foreign market, $4.75 million (Four million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars) from television, and $2.5 million (Two million five hundred thousand dollars) from video. The movie featured Robby Benson and Glynnis O’Connor.

Ever since the success of Ode to Billy Joe, the motion picture industry has capitalized on the idea, producing more than one hundred song title movies.

Max Baer Jr. decided to pursue the rights to the hit song “Like a Virgin”, this song was recorded by the singer Madonna in the year 1984.

When ABC tried to prevent him from making the film, he sued and won a judgment of more than $2,000,000.00 (Two million dollars).

He was the coordinator / director of the comedy Hometown USA as at the year 1979, later on, he then retired to his home at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He still makes occasional guest appearances on television.

Max Baer Jr. has said he feels playing Jethro Bodine sank his acting profession. He was asked by Paul Henning to reprise the role for a 1981 television movie, which he refused.

However, when the featured film The Beverly Hillbillies was made twelve years later, Baer was reportedly troubled that only Buddy Ebsen was asked to play a cameo role.

In the year 2004, Max Baer Jr. had recognized the marketability of The Beverly Hillbillies and then emerged with actress Donna Douglas at the annual TV Land Awards.

 Jethro’s Casino

In the year 1985, Baer embarked on investigating the gambling industry. He noted that tourists paid a $5 (five dollars) to $6 (six dollars) admission to tour the “Ponderosa Ranch”, which was the location for filming some episodes of TV’s Bonanza.

There was no job available as at then, he commenced work at cattle ranch, but people liked the job because of the Bonanza connection. Max Baer Jr. decided that tourists would also pay for something dealing with The Beverly Hillbillies.

He then started using his Jethro Bodine function as a marketing strategy towards the gambling and hotel industry.

He obtained the sub-licensing rights, including food and beverage rights, to The Beverly Hillbillies from CBS in the year 1991.

Max Baer Jr.’s business associate estimates the cost of acquiring the rights and developing the ideas has been $1,000,000.00 (one million US Dollars).

Sixty-five Beverly Hillbillies slot machines were constructed in the year 1999 and placed in 10 casinos.

Towards ending of year 2003, Baer attempted the redevelopment of a former Walmart location in Carson City into a Beverly Hillbillies themed hotel and casino, but was abortive due to building code conflicts and other developers on the neighboring properties.

On 4th May, 2007, he declare the sale of the property and the purchase of another parcel just outside the city of Carson, in neighboring Douglas County, where he expected less resistance to his plans.

He purchased a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) parcel in North Douglas County for $1,200,000.00 (one million, two hundred thousand dollars) and will purchase an additional 20 acres (81,000 m2) once he has obtained the required zoning variances.

The plans were for a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) gambling area with 800 slot machines and 16 tables, side by various eateries including “Jethro’s All You Ken Et Buffet.” The project would include a showroom, cinema complex and a 240-room, five-story hotel.

Max Baer Jr.’s  plans for casino included a 200-foot-tall (61 m) mock oil derrick spouting a 20- to 30-foot (9.1 m) flame.

As of December 2017, development of Jethro’s Casino had been suspended. Ongoing litigation involving Max Baer Jr, the developer and Douglas County has delayed the development of the project indefinitely.

Recent Years

Previously, Max Baer Jr. had spent the last several years working on his hotel and casino project.

Despite his efforts, however, it was recently announced that its development has been delayed indefinitely due to ongoing litigation between Douglas County and the developer.

Interest is the best key to achieve your dreams. Max Baer Jr had a great affection for filming since childhood, and this boosted his career.

He kicked off small, but as years went, he became better. That is a lesson well learned by many people in the world.

Biography and Fast Facts About Max Baer Jr.

Full Name:                           — Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr

Date of Birth:                        — December 4th 1937

Birth Place:                          — Oakland, California, United States

Profession:                           — Actor, producer, screenwriter, director

Height:                                 — 6ft 4in (1.93 m)

Mary Ellen Sullivan                — Mother

Max Baer                               — Father

Ethnicity                                — White

Nationality                             — American

School Attended                  — Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento

Number of children             — N/A

Net worth                               — $50 million

 Max Baer Jr’s. Marriage, Children, Relationship

According to our records, Max Baer Jr. is possibly single.

Children: N/A


Max Baer Jr. was previously married to Joanna Hill (1966 – 1971).

Max Baer Jr. has been in relationship with Victoria Principal (1970), Jane Wald (1965), Kathy Kersh (1962), Christy Canyon, Donna Douglas, Tracey Adams, Jeanne Carmen, Gina Gianetti and Misty Regan.

Awards & Achievements

Max Baer Jr. has been appreciated in the entertainment industry by millions of people. He has won a Tv Land Award which boosted Max Baer Jr. Net Worth and his popularity.

 Max Baer, Jr.’s Net Worth 2018

Max Baer, Jr. is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter who has a net worth of $50 million in 2018.

He began acting in England in his late 40s, and then began working on various projects for Warner Brothers, including, “Surfside 6”, “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip”, and “Cheyenne”. In the early 60s, he was cast in the role that would make him a household name, as Jethro Bodine on “The Beverly Hillbillies”.

While the role brought him legions of fans, it also brought his acting career to a relative standstill, as he was subsequently offered similar roles for the rest of his career.

Write directly to Max Baer, Jr.’s Via the Below Address

Max Baer, Jr.

2760 Benedict Cyn. Rd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Secondary Address:

Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino

c/o Terry Behrens Hughes

2795 Tam O’Shanter Drive

El Dorado Hills, California 95762-4240




This iconic producer has left his legacy on the sands of time as a movie producer. We revel in his amazing works.

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