Max Julien’s net worth: Maxwell Banks was an American actor, sculptor, and clothes designer. Max Julien’s net worth is estimated to be around $500k at the time of his death. We have estimated Max Julien’s net worth, salary, money, income, and assets.
|Died||January 1, 2022|
|Date of birth|
|Spouse||Arabella Chavers Julien|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, sculptor, clothes designer|
|Partner(s)||Vonetta McGee (1974–77)|
Max Julien Died
Actor Max Julien, who starred in the blaxploitation classic “The Mack,” died on New Year’s Day at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles aged 88. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Julien began his career in another famous blaxploitation title, supporting “The Black Klansman” in 1966 before the criminal film genre with black stars and funk soundtrack became a cinematic slant.
His filmography full of cult movies also includes the psychedelic “Alucinada Search” (Psych-Out, 1968), with rocker Jack Nicholson, the sensational “O Poder Negro” (1968), in which Jules Dassin anticipated “Judas eo Messias Negro” (2021) with a screenplay by activist Ruby Dee, and “In Search of Truth” (Getting Straight, 1970), with Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen, about the student protests of the period.
But the film that consecrated him was really “The Mack”, in which he played Goldie, an ex-convict who became a famous pimp in Oakland with the help of Slim, a character played by the young comedian Richard Pryor.
With songs by singer Willie Hutch, the 1973 film became one of the most praised examples of the era. According to Quentin Tarantino, it is “the best and most memorable crime film of the entire blaxploitation genre”. In addition, the electronic band The Chemical Brothers created their own version of one of the hits on the track, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out”, which they even named one of their albums DJing in 1998.
Julien took advantage of the film’s success to write the screenplay for “Cleopatra Jones” (1973), which became another cult following, starring Tamara Dobson.
Despite this, the period gangster film “Thomasine & Bushrod” (which he also wrote), released the following year as a “Black Bonnie & Clyde,” was his last film work in decades.
He has done a few off-Broadway productions, including “Shakespeare in the Park” for famed producer Joseph Papp, and guest appearances on series such as “Mod Squad” and “The Bold”, but only returned to theaters one last time in 1997, on the comedy “Love Traps” (How to Be a Player), as the protagonist’s uncle – who by the way was a fan of “The Mack”.
See below the trailer of the cult production and the scene with dialogue sampled by the Chemical Brothers.