The Captain
Cap'n Crook
Vital Information
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Gray (early 70s)
McDonaldland pirate who steals Filet O' Fish sandwiches
Character information
Appeared in: Has appeared in many TV/print ads for McDonald's from 1971-1987

Captain Crook (later referred to as The Captain beginning in 1984) is a character who was featured in McDonald's McDonaldland series of commercials. He is a pirate and is similar in appearance to the famed Captain Hook from Disney's 1953 movie Peter Pan. The character is comparable to the Hamburglar, the difference being that this villain does not attempt to steal hamburgers but instead tries to take as many Filet-O-Fish sandwiches as possible.

In later commercials, he was referred to simply as The Captain and his appearance was modified to make him look less sinister (and somewhat muppetlike). He was dropped from McDonaldland commercials following streamlining of the characters in the 1980s. His true last appearance would be a small role in The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McTreasure Island.

He was voiced by Lennie Weinrib.


Captain Crook is a pirate whose name and appearance is based on Captain Hook from Peter Pan. He wears a blue (later black) pirate hat, a red coat, tan pants, white gloves, and black boots. In his early appearances, he was a scary, angry looking man with a bushy mustache and eyebrows. His pirate hat also had a Jolly Roger insignia on it.

In the 1980s, his look changed to appear more kid friendly; he would drop Crook from his name and simply refer to himself as The Captain. His scary face looked more neutral, he carried a green parrot named Matey on his shoulder, and his pirate hat replaced the Jolly Roger logo with a "C" for Captain The "C" is similar to centavo sign.


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