23 comments on “Where Are They Now: Max Baer Jr.: Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies

  1. loved Jethro and he is still sexy will always love the Hillbillies and i have a 12 vd collection from years ago 4 episodes on each tape still play them and LOVE them alll we still have the clampletts on tv stilll love you alll take care now ya hear

  2. Jr. was right to be angry at ERon GHoward. Max Baer, Sr. was a great boxer, and who loved people. He was not at all cruel or haughty.

  3. they have started reruns of the beverly hillbillies. i watch them every night… jethro and granny made the show so popular in my eyes. enjoy watching the show

  4. I watch this show at 7 A.M. with my 32 year old son. My son is a teacher and the show just gives us a good laugh to start our day. You are right Granny and Jethro really make the show…

    • Vikki, That is great that you and your son can enjoy a show, that ended 42 years ago. Beverly Hillbillies is one of those shows like Andy Griffith, that will be funny as long as it is on television.

  5. II was the baby sitter for Max Jr, Jimmie and Maudie in 1945. I lived with the Baer family twice that year. Max Sr. and his wife Mary Ellen were very nice people, told me many stories , showed me pictures and memorable things. Many things had been destroyed in a fire some years before. Max Sr. took and autograph book for me and got autographs for me from Elizabeth Taylor to Clark Gable. I have many pleasant memories of knowing them.

    • Jean,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences babysitting for the Baer children. Max Baer Jr. probably would have been in more movies, but once he was Jethro, guess he was typecast. The whole Baer family sounded like very nice people from your description. Thank you again for sharing.

  6. I read somewhere that Max was going to open a casino in Vegas called the Beverlly Hillbilly’s Casino. What ever happened to that?

    • I did a Google search on Max Baer Jr’s attempt to open a casino and most of the stories I found were several years old. He even has a website about the casino, but it showed a drawing of the casino, so it is either in progress of being built or his plans have fell through.

  7. My stepdad passed away July 5TH, 2012, his name was Jack Baer and his father’s name was Harrison Baer. He always told me that you were his cousin. Jack was born in Akron, OH, but his father was from PA. Is Jack your cousin? He often spoke of your Father. Just curious
    Appreciate your time, thank-you.

    • Deb, I am sorry but I only wrote the article and don’t know Max Baer Jr. personally. Wish I could have helped. Hope you find out the answer to your question.

  8. I remember two guys were talking about going to the
    Clampetts. One of them said,” Oh no I am not going to the Clampetts. The last time I went there I ended up in the pool.” The Second guy said ” Oh Jethro>” the first guy said ” NO Granny” lol loved those people

  9. “Playing Jethro Bodine more or less ended his chance of ever being taken seriously as an actor.”

    Utter nonsense. Playing Vinnie Barbarino didn’t kill John Travolta’s career. Nor did playing Buffy Wilson in Bosom Buddies kill Tom Hanks career (and that was a real bomb of a character). Yes a great part can really help, but a goofy one doesn’t mean the end of an actor with real talent.

    • Max Baer Jr. was on 3 other Cheyenne shows also and always played a different character.

      His last two shows on TV were Matt Houston and Murder She Wrote. He was in 2 episodes of each show with his last show being in 1991. He hasn’t been on TV or in the movies for 23 years now.

      He played a post office clerk in one Andy Griffith episode “Barney and the Governor” in 1963, at the same time he was in Beverly Hillbillies.

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