RONALD McDonald is one of the most famous mascots in the world.
But who is the red-haired character with a painted face at McDonald’s? Here you will find everything you need to know…
Who is Ronald McDonald?
Ronald McDonald is a clown character and the main mascot of McDonald’s.
In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland.
Here he has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird and The Fry Kids.
McDonaldland has not appeared in advertising since 2003, but Ronalds remains.
Over the years he has appeared in books, comics, animations, films and video games.
Is Ronald McDonald a real person?
It is believed that the character was created in 1963 by radio host Willrd Scott, who also played Bozo the Clown.
Since then, 12 men have done it played the role for the fast food giant‘s ads.
The current Ronald McDonald is played by Brad Lennon.
McDonald’s wrote on its website: “‘The smile known around the world,’ Ronald McDonald is second only to Santa Claus in terms of popularity.”
“According to a survey, 96% of school children in the United States of America recognize Ronald.”
Many people’s full-time jobs include appearing in Ronald McDonald costumes, visiting children in hospitals, and attending regular events.
It is believed that at the height of its popularity there were up to 300 full-time clowns at McDonald’s.
In 2016, Ronald appeared less frequently due to a series of spooky clown sightings in the United States.
A McDonald’s spokesman said Tuesday that the fast-food chain is “considerate of Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events.”
And they confirmed this L.A. Times This was due to the “current climate surrounding clown sightings in communities.”
However, it is now the focus of advertising around the world.
What is Ronald McDonald’s affiliation with McDonalds?
Ronald is the face of Ronald McDonald House Charities, which works to keep families together.
They provide families of seriously ill children with a home where they can cook, sleep, be together and be just a few moments away from their sick child.