Baer: American boxer of the ‘30s and actor
Baer, Jr: American actor, screen writer, producer, and director
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Adelbert "Madcap Maxie" Baer (February 11, 1909 –
November 21, 1959) was a famous American boxer of the 1930s,
onetime Heavyweight Champion of the World, and actor.
Adelbert Baer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of German
immigrant Jacob Baer (1875-1938) and Dora Bales (1877-1938). His
older sister was Fanny Baer (1905-1991), and his younger sister
and brother were Bernice Baer (1911-1987) and boxer-turned-actor
Jacob Henry Baer, better known as Buddy Baer (1915-1986).
father was a butcher. The family moved to Colorado before Bernice
and Buddy were born. In 1921, when Maxie was 12, they moved to
Livermore, California, to engage in cattle ranching. Baer often
credited working as a butcher boy carrying heavy carcasses of
meat for developing his powerful shoulders.
turned professional in 1929, progressing steadily through the
ranks. A ring tragedy little more than a year later almost caused
him to drop out of boxing for good. Baer fought Frankie Campbell
(brother of Brooklyn Dodgers star Dolph Camilli) on August 25,
1930, in San Francisco and with only two blows, knocked him out.
Campbell never regained consciousness. After lying on the canvas
for nearly an hour, Campbell was transported by ambulance to a
nearby hospital, where he eventually died of massive brain
hemorrhaging. An autopsy revealed that Baer's devastating blows
had knocked Campbell's entire brain loose from the connective
tissue holding it in place within his cranium.
Baer has never been documented as boasting about Campbell's
death, the incident earned Maxie the reputation as a "killer"
in the ring. Campbell's death was used for promotional purposes
to make Baer seem dangerous. This publicity was further
sensationalized by Baer's return bout with Ernie Schaff, who had
bested Baer in a decision a few years earlier. At the close of
the 10th round, Baer nailed Schaff square in the temple with what
some witnesses claimed to be the hardest right hand that ever
connected in boxing. Schaff was saved by the
bell, though he ended up losing the bout by way of decision.
Several minutes passed before Ernie Schaff was revived and able
to stand under his own power. Schaff was never quite the same
after that bout. He complained frequently of headaches and his
ring performance lagged immensely in succeeding bouts. Six months
after the Baer fight, Schaff died in the ring after taking a weak
jab from the Italian behemoth Primo Carnera. Although Carnera was
vilified as a "man killer" by some, it was obvious to
others that Schaff had died as a result of damage previously
inflicted by Baer.
death of Campbell and accusations over Ernie Schaff's demise
profoundly affected Baer, even though he was ostensibly
indestructible and remained a devastating force in the ring.
According to his son, actor/director Max Baer Jr.:
father cried about what happened to Frankie Campbell. He had
nightmares. "In reality, my father was one of the kindest,
gentlest men you would ever hope to meet. He treated boxing the
way today's professional wrestlers do wrestling: part sport,
mostly showmanship. If I were to make a comparison, he was more
like Muhammad Ali than the Sonny Liston of his day. He never
deliberately hurt anyone." He helped put Frankie's children
Baer, Jr. (born December 4, 1937) is an American actor, screen
writer, producer, and director.
was born Maximilian Adalbert Baer, Jr. in Oakland, California,
the son of legendary boxing champion Max Baer and Mary Ellen
Sullivan. His brother and sister are James Baer (born 1941) and
Maude Baer (born 1943). His first acting role was in Goldilocks
and the Three Bears at the Blackpool Pavilion in England in 1949.
grew up in Sacramento, California. He attended Santa Clara
University, where he received a bachelor's degree in business
administration, with a minor in philosophy and domestic science.
acting career began in 1960 at Warner Bros., where he appeared on
television programs including Maverick, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye,
Cheyenne and 77 Sunset Strip.
1962, Baer was cast in the role of the doltish "Jethro
Bodine" on the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. It was a
role for which he continues to receive notoriety. This would
prove to be the high point of his acting career.
Beverly Hillbillies proved to be one of the most successful
television series in history. The hit comedy also starred Buddy
Ebsen, Irene Ryan, and Donna Douglas. During the nine-year run of
the show, he also appeared on Vacation Playhouse, Love, American
Style, and in the Western movie A Time for Killing.
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