Max - Lugubrious English bulldog
that belonged to hefty district attorney Jason Lochivar "JL" McCabe
(William Conrad) on the detective drama JAKE & THE FATMAN/CBS/1987-92.
McCabe and Max
Max lives in a large Southern California city (presumably
Los Angeles) until his owner retired as D.A. and moved to Hawaii and
worked as an undercover investigator for the Honolulu prosecutor's
office. A year later, McCabe and Max moved back to Los Angeles when J.L. was offered his old job back. Throughout the series, Max and
McCabe were constant companions.
TRIVIA NOTE: One year prior to the
series, William Conrad played a very similar lawyer named James L. McShane on a two-part episode "The Don" (10/26/1986) on the legal
During these episodes, which were a blueprint for JAKE &
THE FATMAN, McShane had a pet German Shepherd named Max. McShane
helped Atlanta-based attorney Ben Matlock with the murder case
involving Nicholas Baron (Jose Ferrer), a mobster accused of murder.
His son, Paul Baron was played by Joe Penny (who would later become
Jake Styles, the Fatman's special investigator).
Max sired a Bulldog son named Taker who has appeared in Kinko's
and Pepsi commercials and on the sitcom EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND.
William Conrad died of a heat attack in 1994.
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