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Willard Herman Scott, Jr.

(1934-03-07)March 7, 1934
Died September 4, 2021(2021-09-04) (aged 87)
Nationality American
Occupation Weather presenter, author, television personality, clown, comedian, radio personality, actor
Years active 1950–2015
Notable work
Weatherman for the Today show
Portrayer of Ronald McDonald in the original McDonald's commercials
Mary Dwyer Scott
(m. 1959; died 2002)

Paris Keena (m. 2014)
Children 2
Family John (grandson)

Willard Herman Scott, Jr. (March 7 1934 – September 4, 2021) was an American weather presenter, author, television personality, clown, comedian, radio personality and occasional actor. He was best known for creating and originally playing Ronald McDonald in the McDonald's commercials. He was on The Today Show for many years.

Scott died on September 4, 2021, of natural causes in Delaplane, Virginia at the age of 87.


Scott has published several fiction and non-fiction books:

  • The Joy of Living
  • Down Home Stories
  • Willard Scott’s All-American Cookbook
  • America Is My Neighborhood
  • The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune
  • If I Knew It Was Going To Be This Much Fun, I Would Have Become A Grandparent First

He has also co-authored two books with Bill Crider:

  • Murder Under Blue Skies
  • Murder in the Mist
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