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 Hamburgler, Birdy 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 appear as 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 (1990–1995)
- Viv Weekes
- David Hussey
- Joe Maggard (1995–2007)
- Brad Lennon (2007–present)
- Obituary in The Daily Telegraph, 16 December 2009, p.33
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