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Joe Maggard
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Born Joseph Maggard
December 8, 1955(1955-12-08) (age 64)
Lynch, Kentucky, U.S.
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada[1]
Other names Joseph Maggard
Joe Magard
Joseph Magard
Occupation Actor, singer, deputy sheriff
Years active 1989–present
Known for Claiming of portraying the Ronald McDonald character in the McDonald's commercials from 1995 to 2007.[2]
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Flag of the United States Army (1775).gif United States Army
Years of service 1974–1976
Battles/wars Vietnam War

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 infamously known for 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] This has been refuted by observing facial features of Ronald McDonald from the show, where the character was actually played by Jack Doepke and David Hussey. A 2003 Baltimore Sun article also revealed that Maggard portrayed Ronald McDonald as a stand-in for one commercial shoot, and never portrayed the character in any official capacity ever again.


Early careerEdit

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 scamEdit

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 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.[2]



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


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"


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


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