‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Max Baer Jr. Explained Why He Can’t Pick a Favorite Episode: ‘So Repetitious’

by Chris Haney

While speaking in a 2015 radio interview, The Beverly Hillbillies star Max Baer Jr. revealed why he can’t choose a favorite episode of his classic television show.

Baer Jr. spoke with “The Five Count” on KMSU Radio in Mankato, Minnesota. During the telephone interview, the actor opened up about his career. He shared how he got into acting, which he called an “accident.” And spoke about his experiences on The Beverly Hillbillies.

The actor was also asked if he had a favorite episode or a performance he was most proud of. Interestingly enough, Baer Jr. said he didn’t have one.

“Oh gosh no. There really isn’t. You know, when you play a character, it’s so repetitious,” Baer Jr. explained. “Anyway, I really don’t have any favorites because you’re playing the same character over and over. And it’s pretty hard to pick out who you really like and who you don’t. I mean which one, which particular episode out of 274?”

Although Baer Jr. couldn’t pinpoint one favorite episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, he did enjoy filming certain scenes. He said some specific scenes were fun to shoot because of a solid script. But he highlighted getting to act with other young women as one of his favorite parts of the job as well.

“I enjoyed it if I had some good scenes to do in it, it was fun. If I was doing them with girls, it was fun because I was a young guy then. And so that was fun, but I really don’t have [a favorite episode],” he added.

‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Max Baer Jr. Said His Lucky Break Was An ‘Accident’

During the same interview, Max Baer Jr. explained how he got his lucky break in Hollywood. As he describes it, his career began as an “accident.” While it seems unlikely that someone could lock in a nine-season long acting gig with zero experience, that was the case for Baer Jr. However, it did help that he looked like another famous actor.

“That was just an accident. I was at lunch at Warner Brothers one day. Somebody took me over there, a friend of mine. They saw me on the lot, and James Garner had just left Maverick,” Baer Jr. explained. “And I resembled Jimmy a little bit because somebody from ABC saw me and thought I was him at a distance. So they asked me if I ever wanted to act and I said, ‘I don’t know. What does it pay?’”

Since the pay seemed decent enough, Baer Jr. decided to give it a go. After reading for his The Beverly Hillbillies role, he got the part and didn’t look back.

“I think it was $250 a week, this was in 1960. So I said ‘Okay, I’ll try.’ And I went ahead and I did a reading for them. No screen test. I just did a reading for them and they signed me,” he said.