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Joe Maggard

American actor, voice artist, director, writer, and comedian

Joseph "Joe" Maggard (born December 8, 1955) is an American actor and former deputy sheriff,[1] who has starred on many different roles on many films and television shows. He is best known for falsely claiming of portraying the Ronald McDonald character in the McDonald's commercials and voicing Ronald in The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald from 1995 to 2007.[2][3]

Joe Maggard
Joseph Maggard

(1955-12-08) December 8, 1955 (age 63)
Other namesJoseph Maggard
Joe Magard
Joseph Magard
OccupationActor, deputy sheriff
Years active1989–1998, 2013–2015


Early careerEdit

Maggard original served in the Vietnam War from 1974 to 1976. After returning from the army, he began working as a deputy sheriff for the Brunswick County North Carolina Sheriff's Department in North Carolina. Serving three years as a sheriff before getting into acting in 1989.[4]

Ronald McDonald scamEdit

During an interview with The Guardian in 2014 of the documentary film Ronald, Maggard stated that he portrayed the Ronald McDonald character from 1995 to 2007, replacing Jack Doepke. However, in a 2003 article by The Baltimore Sun, McDonald's stated that Maggard was only a stand-in actor for one commercial shoot only in the mid 90s and stated that "he is defiantly not Ronald McDonald", as Jack Doepke and David Hussey were the real current portrayers as Ronald throughout the time period Joe claimed he did.[3] In 1998, he was charged of carrying a weapon in the New Hanover County, N.C. and the following year he was convicted in making harassing telephone calls posing as Ronald. The judge ordered Maggard to take anger management classes.[3]



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
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"


  1. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Food & Wine.
  2. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "McDonald's plans a Ronald revival". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. "'Ronald' Is a Touching Interview with an Actor Who Played Ronald McDonald for 12 Years". Food & Wine.

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