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The actors listed in this table are generally understood to have portrayed Ronald McDonald under an official contract to the McDonald's Corporation.

Actor  Year Areas appeared Notes
Willard Scott 1963-65 local to US East Coast
  • Originated character in Washington, D.C. area TV ads in 1963.
  • Well respected TV personality/longtime weatherperson on NBC-TV's Today morning show.
Michael Polakovs 1965-68 U.S./Global
  • Reinvented the character for corporate McDonald's
  • Best known for being Coco the Clown
Bev Bergeron 1966-68 local to Southern California
  • Appeared in TV ads on the West Coast.
  • Career includes 15 years of performing 5 magic shows a day at Walt Disney World's Diamond Horseshow Review, as well as over 16,000 shows.
Ray Rayner 1968-69 U.S./Global
  • Portrayed Ronald in the U.S. McDonalds commercial ads for only one year.
Viv Weekes 1968-70 U.S./Global
  • Portrayed Ronald in the U.S. McDonalds commercial ads for only two years.
George Voorhis 1968-70 local to Southern California
  • Helped introduce the "Big Mac" sandwich in McDonald's TV/print ads.
Bob Brandon 1970-75 local Ronald
  • McDonald's banned him from the role after coming out
King Moody 1969-85 U.S./Global
  • Longest serving stint as Ronald McDonald (16 years)
  • Played role of "Shtarker" in the CBS-TV series Get Smart.
Squire Fridell 1985-91 U.S./Global
Jack Doepke 1991-99 U.S./Global
  • Last actor to portray Ronald in the fictional world of McDonaldland.
David Hussey 2000-2014 U.S./Global
  • 2nd longest stint as Ronald McDonald amongst actors (14 Years)
  • Portrayed Ronald in McKids Adventures.
Brad Lennon 2014-present U.S./Global
  • Current actor in role as Ronald McDonald.