‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Max Baer Jr. Described One Mistake He Made on Set

by Joe Rutland
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People all over the world know Max Baer Jr. from paying Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies. He was very aware of his mistakes, too.

Including one that he was still remembering years later.

Baer Jr. talks about this in an interview with The Five Count radio show.

“The only thing I did was one time I made a mistake and I never used an accent,” Baer Jr. says. “And nobody knew what was wrong with the scene, but it didn’t sound right. And I talked in my own voice?”

That was not going to work as the snow featured hillbillies from, well, the Ozarks.

The Beverly Hillbillies was one of television’s most popular sitcoms throughout its run on CBS.

Besides Baer Jr., other cast members included Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Raymond Bailey, and Nancy Kulp.

So, for your listening pleasure, is the entire interview with Max Baer Jr.

The sitcom happened to be created by Paul Henning.

Due to its success, it allowed Henning to have some creative power on CBS.

What did he do with it?

Only created two more memorable sitcoms in Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. Henning would find a way to include these shows with The Beverly Hillbillies and vice-versa.

Some episodes featured Granny, played by Ryan, getting to the Shady Rest Hotel in Hooterville. There, she would meet up with the Bradley girls or maybe even run into Uncle Joe Carson, played by Edgar Buchanan.

Actually, there was a connection between the casts of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. Actress Bea Benadaret appeared as Pearl Bodine, Jethro’s mother, in early seasons out in Beverly Hills. Later, Benadaret, who auditioned but didn’t get the Granny part, played hotel owner Kate Bradley.

Talk about a full circle, Outsiders.

‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Would Get His Start As Actor On A Fluke

Ever wonder how this talented actor and entrepreneur started his career in the world of acting?

He says it was an accident or fluke.

“Oh, it was an accident,” Baer Jr says. “I was at lunch at Warner Brothers one day with a friend of mine. Someone recognized him there.

“Since James Garner had just left Maverick, and they were looking for somebody to replace him,” he says. “I resembled him a little bit because somebody thought I was him from a distance. So, they asked me if I wanted to act, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what does it pay?’ They signed me to a general contract that was $250 per week. It was 1960 when this happened.”

He learned a lot at ABC cameras and other industry elements.

Yet the venerable actor remains best known for his role on a 1960s sitcom that people love.