Max Baer

Active - 1933 - 1958  |   Born - Feb 11, 1909   |   Died - Nov 21, 1959   |   Genres - Comedy, Western, Romance, Drama, Musical

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Boxing champ Max Baer made his film acting bow in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933). This MGM "special" co-starred Baer with Walter Huston and Myrna Loy--not to mention his fellow pugilists Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Jesse Willard, Jim Jeffries and Stranger Lewis. Though he evinced movie-star potential, Baer would never again have so worthwhile a film role. Nor was he as busy in Hollywood as his boxer brother Buddy Baer, with whom Max appeared in the 1949 Abbott and Costello comedy Africa Screams. In 1951, Baer was teamed with another boxer-turned-thespian Maxie Rosenbloom in a quartet of inexpensive Columbia 2-reelers. Max Baer was the father of Max Baer Jr., famed for his portrayal of Jethro on TV's The Beverly Hillbillies and for his second career as a film producer/director.

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