If the phrase “five gozinta five one times, five gozinta ten two times” still sounds familiar to you, then you are undoubtedly among the millions of admirers of Jethro Bodine and the Clampett family who relocated to Beverly Hills, California, but maintained their rustic way of life.
No matter how much time goes by, one TV series that never goes out of style is The Beverly Hillbillies. The show ran for nine years, during which time many viewers enjoyed the exploits of the family who “caused a turmoil in their privileged society with their simple and unsophisticated way of living.” The first episode aired back in 1962.
Among the characters that defined the show was Jethro Bodine. He was the brilliant math student and the son of Jed’s cousin Pearl. The man who created the character, Max Baer Jr., went on to become one of America’s most well-known comedic icons. You could say that he fell into acting by chance.
He set out on a journey with his motorcycle and ended up standing in a Los Angeles parking lot in 1959, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
An executive saw his charisma and amazing appearance and felt he looked a lot like James Garner. He was then offered the chance to sign a contract and try his hand at acting. After Max tried it, the rest is history.
Acting, meanwhile, is really only a hobby for Max, as he stated to The Times in 1971, despite the fact that he is primarily known for his work in movies. My job is playing golf. Although the actor participated in a variety of sports, such as basketball, baseball, and football, it appeared that golf was his true calling. Professional golfer Charlie Sifford and Max Baer Jr. won the pro-am category of the Andy Williams Golf Classic in San Diego in 1968.
For the past few years, the 85-year-old has lived a quiet life in Tahoe, and little is known about his activities or health.
We appreciate Max for all the fun he has given us over the years and wish him all the best.
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