McDonald’s mascot has evolved significantly through the years. From his humble beginnings hawking hamburgers to his current role as an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald charity, the clown has certainly changed with the times.
Ronald was originally portrayed by Willard Scott, a Today show vet, from 1963–1965. The first Ronald was kind of scary! But the famous clown has since developed a softer image, with the latest makeover in 2014. Ronald is now second only to Santa Claus in terms of worldwide recognition.