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Ronald McDonald
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A Ronald McDonald costumed character in 2007
First appearance 1963
Portrayed by Willard Scott (1963–1965)
Michael Polakovs (1965–1968)
Bev Bergeron (1966–1968)
Viv Weekes (1968–1970)
George Voorhis (1968–1988)
Ray Rayner (1968–1969)
King Moody (1969–1985)
Squire Fridell (1985–1991)
Jack Doepke (1991–1999)
David Hussey (2000–2014)
Brad Lennon (2014–present)
Voiced by Squire Fridell (Ronald McDonald and the Adventure Machine, The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McTreasure Island)
Jack Doepke (The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald; ep. 1–3)
David Hussey (The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald; ep. 4–6)
Bob Stephenson (Logorama)
Gender Male
Occupation Clown mascot for the McDonald's fast food chain
Home McDonaldland

Ronald McDonald is a clown character who is a mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant. He wears yellow and red stipes and has wacky hair. He lives in McDonaldland, with lots of others including Grimace, the Hamburglar, Birdie the Early Bird, Mayor McCheese, and the Fry Kids.

The clown Michael Polakovs (known in America as Coco the Clown) designed his clothes and make-up. He appeared in the first eight of Ronald's television commercials. The actor Jeff Giuliano played Ronald McDonald for many years on television. Later he became a vegetarian, and was sorry he had spent so much time promoting hamburgers.


McDonald's has many actors employed to portray Ronald McDonald in restaurants and events. It is assumed, however, that the company uses only one actor at a time to play the character in television commercials. This is a list of these main actors:

  • Willard Scott (Washington, D.C. 1963–1965)
  • Bev Bergeron (Southern California, 1966–1968)
  • George Voorhis (Southern California, 1968–1988)
  • Ray Rayner (1968–1969)
  • Bob Brandon (1970–1975)
  • King Moody (1975–1984)
  • Squire Fridell (1984–1991)
  • Jack Doepke (1990–1999)
  • Joe Maggard (1995??–2007??)
  • David Hussey (2000–2014)
  • Brad Lennon (2014–present)

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Ronald McDonald para niños

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