Getting Straight (1970) was up next for Max, and it was a good role in a film by Richard Rush who he previously worked with on Psych-Out and The Savage Seven. The picture did pretty well at the box office but It took a few years, alongside the likes of Richard Pryor, where Max would help write, produce and star in the film he would ultimately be most known for: The Mack (1973).
Julien next went on to write and produce the Blaxploitation fav Cleopatra Jones (1973) as well as Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)... A film in which he was the star, alongside girlfriend, the beautiful Vonetta McGee... who he originally wrote Cleopatra Jones for.
Max, who was a classically trained actor, to everyone's surprise virtually dropped off the face of the earth. He became a notorious recluse, instead focusing his attention of poetry and writing but eventually popped up years later in a cameo part in 1997's How To Be A Player and later a role on One On One (2005). By then, Max's role as Goldie, the smooth talking pimp in The Mack, had such a profound effect on those who've seen the film that traces of it's effect can still be found in the world of rap & hip hop today.
The Mack and Max Julien was the man!