The Frightening Original Incarnation of Ronald McDonald

Yesterday, in my “Before They Were Stars” feature on Jodie Foster, I posted an old McDonald’s commercial featuring the debut appearance of Grimace, who was originally a villain and pretty damn creepy-looking one at that. However, that’s nothing compared to the creepiness of the original incarnation of Ronald McDonald. These are his first appearances in McDonald’s commercials back in 1963 and I think the clips pretty much speak for themselves. It’s worth noting that Ronald was originally played by Willard Scott, who went on to become the world’s most famous weatherman on The Today Show.

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