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The Beverly Hillbillies

Max Baer, Jr.

Jethro Bodine

Unlike the oafish dolt Jethro, Max Baer, Jr. is an educated man with a degree in business administration and a minor in philosophy. Son of heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer, Sr., the younger Baer became a studio player for Warner Brothers soon after graduating from the University of California at Santa Clara. A few years later, he was cast as Jethro (and his look-alike sister Jethrine) and the rest is typecasting history. After the cancellation of The Beverly Hillbillies, Baer moved behind the camera and became a film producer. Baer's first effort, Macon County Line, (which he also wrote) became a big hit and led to his next film, Ode to Billy Joe. Baer appeared in a couple of episodes of Murder She Wrote in the early 90s and still acts from time to time. Currently a resident of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Baer is using his entrepreneurial skills to create "Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino," an only-in-America amalgam of gaming and pop culture.

Character Bio

Jed Clampett's nephew, Jethro Bodine, is the ultimate dumb brute. He's a big boy who happily devours all manner of vittles, even if they've been prepared by Elly May. Jethro fancies himself a playboy (and with his sixth-grade education, why not?) and his appetite for Granny's possum stew is matched only by his appetite for pretty women. Believing himself to be more cosmopolitan than the rest of the Clampett clan, Jethro tries his hand at being a double-naught agent, a guru and even a neurosurgeon. Jethro's biggest problems arise when he tries to use his weakest muscle, his brain, and his numbskull schemes get him into nothing but trouble. Something to note: his resemblance to Jethrine Bodine is uncanny!

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

November 3
The Old Folks Home
Granny fears that her kin plan to send to an old folks home when they suggest she'd be happier in a country cottage.
Flatt and Scruggs Return
Country music stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs return for a song-filled visit to the Clampetts.
November 4
The Folk Singers
Jethro abandons his dangerous career as an "Astronaut" for the even more precarious one of the folk singer.
The Beautiful Maid
A glamorous Swedish actress who yearns to play a hillbilly moves in with the Clampetts to study backwoods dialect. Guest stars Julie Newmar.
November 5
The Bird Watchers
A bird-watching professor jeopardizes Elly May's romance with film star Dash Riprock.
Jethro Gets Engaged
Jethro is elated, sure he's going to be twice as big a movie star as Dash Riprock, when he lands a job as Dash's double.