Squire Fridell

Actor, TV Actor

1943 –


Who is Squire Fridell?

Squire Fridell is an American actor, perhaps best known for his infectious enthusiasm displayed in over three thousand television commercials.

Since 1978, he has portrayed “The Toyotaman” in American TV ads for The Toyota Motor Corporation. From 1984 to 1991, he served as the official "Ronald McDonald" clown character in American television commercials for the McDonald's Corporation chain of fast-food restaurants, even played the McDonald character in Mac and Me. From the 1970s until the mid-1990s, Fridell also had supporting character roles in a number of popular TV series, such as Rosetti and Ryan, M*A*S*H, Newhart, Ironside and Adam-12.

In 1980, Harmony Books published Fridell's book, Acting in Television Commercials for Fun and Profit, subsequently re-released by Random House in 2005.

Fridell returned as himself in several Toyota commercials in 2010, responding to the image damage the company suffered due to a slow response to safety issues in 2009.

Fridell was born in Oakland, California and currently resides with his wife, Suzy, at Glen Ellen where they have operated the GlenLyon Vineyards and Winery since 1989. Squire and Suzy have one daughter, Lexy, who is pursuing an acting career in New York City.

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Feb 9, 1943
Also known as
  • Ronald McDonald
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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