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, then named "Donald McDonald", in Washington, D.C. area TV ads in 1963.
  • Well respected TV personality/longtime weatherperson on NBC-TV's Today morning show.
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.
George Voorhis 1968-70 local to Southern California
  • Helped introduce the "Big Mac" sandwich in McDonald's TV/print ads.
Ray Rayner 1968-69 U.S./Some global ads
  • Longtime Chicago area TV personallty and staple of children's television in the 1960s and 1970s on WGN-TV.
Bob Brandon 1970-75 U.S./Global
King Moody 1975-85 U.S./Global
  • 2nd longest stint as Ronald McDonald amongst actors; 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
  • Longest serving stint as Ronald McDonald (14 years)
  • Portrayed Ronald in McKids Adventures.
Brad Lennon 2014-present U.S./Global
  • Current actor in role as Ronald McDonald.