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Joe Maggard

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Joe Maggard
BornJoseph Maggard
(1955-12-08) December 8, 1955 (age 63)
Lynch, Kentucky, U.S.
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada[1]
Other namesJoseph Maggard
Joe Magard
Joseph Magard
OccupationActor, singer, deputy sheriff
Years active  1989–present
Known forClaiming of portraying the Ronald McDonald character in the McDonald's commercials from 1995 to 2007.[2]

Joseph "Joe" Maggard (born December 8, 1955) is an American actor, singer and former deputy sheriff who has appeared in various different films and television shows. Maggard is known for falsely claiming to have played Ronald McDonald in McDonald's commercials and voicing Ronald in The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald from 1995 to 2007.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Maggard originally began his career as a soldier for the Vietnam War in which he served from 1974 to 1976. After returning from the army, he later became a deputy sheriff for the Brunswick County North Carolina Sheriff's Department. He served three years as a sheriff before getting into acting in 1989.[3]

Ronald McDonald character scam[edit | edit source]

Maggard claimed in a 2014 interview with The Guardian that he portrayed Ronald McDonald from 1995 to 2007.[4] However, McDonald's revealed to The Baltimore Sun in 2003 that Maggard was simply a stand-in actor for one commercial shoot in the mid-90's, and stated that "he is definitely not Ronald McDonald." In 1998, Maggard pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in New Hanover County, N.C., and the next year was convicted in county court of making harassing telephone calls posing as Ronald. The judge ordered him to take anger-management classes.[5]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Film
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 movie
2015 Toy Soldier Uncle Nick (voice) Animated Short

Television[edit | edit source]

Television
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"

Theatre[edit | edit source]

Stage
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Mafia Marriage
1991 Driving Miss Daisy Man
1992 Rattlesnake in a Cooler Himself

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joe Maggard Reminisces About Being Ronald McDonald". 6 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. "McDonald's plans a Ronald revival". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. "I was Ronald McDonald – video". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. "McDonald's plans a Ronald revival". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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