Joe Maggard

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Joe Maggard
Joseph Maggard

(1955-12-08) December 8, 1955 (age 65)
Other namesJoseph Maggard
Joe Magard
Joseph Magard
OccupationActor, deputy sheriff
Years active1989–1998, 2013–2015

Joseph "Joe" Maggard (born December 8, 1955) is an American actor and former deputy sheriff,[1] largely cast in minor roles in both film and television. However, he is best known for falsely claiming that he portrayed the Ronald McDonald character in the McDonald's commercials and that he voiced Ronald in The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald from 1995 to 2007, as well as for his 1999 conviction for numerous harassing phone calls made while posing as the character. [2][3]

Career[change | change source]

Early career[change | change source]

Maggard served during the Vietnam War from 1974 to 1976. After returning from the army, he began working for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department in North Carolina. He was employed for three years as a deputy sheriff before getting into acting in 1989.[4]

Ronald McDonald claim[change | change source]

During an interview with The Guardian in 2014 of the documentary film Ronald, Maggard stated that he portrayed the Ronald McDonald character from 1995 to 2007, replacing Jack Doepke. However, in a 2003 article by The Baltimore Sun, McDonald's stated that Maggard was a only lighting stand-in for one commercial shoot in the mid 90s and stated that "he is definitely not Ronald McDonald", as Jack Doepke and David Hussey actually portrayed the character throughout the time period in which Maggard claimed to have held the role.[3] In 1998, he was charged with carrying a weapon in New Hanover County, N.C. The following year he was convicted of making harassing telephone calls while posing as Ronald and was ordered to take anger management classes.[3]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Burning Vengeance John Dayton
Black Rainbow Audience Member
1991 Nightmare in Columbia County Scanlon TV
1992 Wild Card Bartender TV
Love Field Redneck
1994 One Christmas Dixon Hobbs TV
1996 Pure Bliss Best Friend Short
Sophie & the Moonhanger Andy Palmer TV
Bastard Out of Carolina Man at Cafe
1998 Ruby Bridges State Trooper TV
2013 Itsy Bitsy Spiders Doctor Short
2014 Ronald Himself Documentary
2015 Toy Soldier Uncle Nick (voice) Animated Short

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1994 Matlock Orville / Boat Owner Episode: "The Diner" (as Orville)
Episode: "The Accused" (Boat Owner)
1996 American Gothic Townsperson #1 Episode: "The Plaque Sower"

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Food & Wine.
  2. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "McDonald's plans a Ronald revival". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Food & Wine.

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