McDonald's Wiki
McDonald's Wiki
Jim Delligatti
Jim Delagatti.jpg
Jim Delligatti, enjoying his now iconic creation, the "Big Mac" sandwich.
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1918-08-02)August 2, 1918
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: November 28, 2016(2016-11-28) (aged 98)
Deathplace: Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
Businessman, former McDonald's franchisee
Appeared in/
Involved with:
Early McDonald's franchisee' owned and operated several Pittsburgh, PA stores
credited for creating the Big Mac and Egg McMuffin sandwiches

Jim Delligatti (born August 2, 1918-died November 29, 2016) is credited by McDonald's for developing the Big Mac sandwich in 1967, as well as the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich two years later, in 1970, both of which were originally sold in his Pittsburgh, PA area restuarants.[1]

About Jim

Jim, a graduate of Michigan State University, is credited for "inventing" McDonald's Big Mac. He originally named it the "Big Mac Super Sandwich".[1] Delligatti was one of McDonald's original franchisees from the mid-1950's who, at the time, operated several restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. [1][2] His franchise was based in Uniontown, PA, where he was born and raised, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh, and grew to having 48 stores.[1]

The Big Mac was first served at Delligatti's Uniontown, Pennsylvania store in 1967. In 1968, McDonald's, with McDonald's Corp. CEO and founder Ray Kroc's blessing, began selling the now iconic Big Mac sandwich nationwide. Two years later, Delligati created another iconic McDonald's menu item, the Egg McMuffin, which he began selling in his stores in 1970 before Kroc gave the go-ahead by McDonald's to begin selling the breakfast sandwich, which paved the way for the creation of a regular breakfast menu in 1972, in all McDonald's stores.

Personal/Family life and death

Delligatti died on November 28, 2016, at his home in [[Fox Chapel section of Pittsburgh, PA, at age 98. He was survived by his wife, Ellie, two sons, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Big Mac creator Jim Delligatti dies at 98", USA Today, August 21, 2008. Retrieved on November 30, 2016. 
  2. "Inventor of the Big Mac dies, aged 98", BBC News, November 30, 2016. Retrieved on November 30, 2016. 

External links