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Willard Herman Scott Jr. was born on 7 March 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia USA, and is a television personality, actor, author, and weather presenter, best known for working on television’s “The Today Show”. Ronald McDonald was first portrayed by him too. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Willard Scott? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $10 million, mostly earned through a successful career on television. He’s won numerous awards, butd he’s also worked on radio. Aside from these, he’s published several fiction and non-fiction books. All of these activities have ensured the size of his wealth.

Willard Scott Net Worth $10 million

Willard attended George Washington High School, and by the age of 16 had become interested in broadcasting while working as an NBC page for WRC-AM. After matriculating, he attended American University, becoming a part of the school’s radio station. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and religion.

In 1955, Scott would team up with Ed Walker, becoming the hosts of the “Joy Boys” radio program on WRC-AM. He worked there until 1972, leaving for a few years to serve in the US Navy. They became very popular during the 1960s, and were often referenced by numerous publications. They would move with the show when it became a part of WWDC.

While he was becoming very popular because of radio, Willard also hosted children’s television programs, and played characters such as “Bozo the Clown” and “Commander Retro”. He also started working as a weatherman in 1970, and effectively created Ronald McDonald, a television role requested by McDonald’s. According to his book, Scott was the one who helped create the character. These all contributed to his net worth.

In 1980, Willard was called up by NBC to become the weatherman of “The Today Show”. As part of the show, he would do weather reports on the road and would interview locals during various events. He was also requested to wear a hairpiece, but didn’t comply when reporting outside which resulted in varying images of him. Aside from this show, he also worked as a spokesperson for True Value Hardware Stores, and even recorded a commercial for McDonald’s rival, Burger King. In the late 1990s, he appeared less on television, and was succeeded by Al Roker. He announced his retirement in 2015, and the show did a tribute on him.

Scott also did other television work aside from being a reporter and weatherman. He had a small role in “The Hogan Family” and also hosted the annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” for 10 years. He was given numerous awards throughout his life, including a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine, “National Partner in 4-H Citations”, and an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University.

He also released a number of non-fiction books that talked about various aspects of his life. These include “The Joy of Living”, “Down Home Stories”, and “America Is My Neighborhood”. He also co-authored two fiction books with Bill Crider, entitled “Murder Under Blue Skies” and “Murder in the Mist”. They also helped his net worth to rise.

For his personal life, Willard married Mary Dwyer Scott in 1959 and they remained together until her death in 2002; they had two children. The following year, he started dating Paris Keena and they would marry in 2014.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 7, 1934
Birth place: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Profession:Author
Education:American University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Paris Keena (m. 2014), Mary Dwyer Scott (m. 1959–2002)
Children:Sally Scott, Mary Scott
Books:America is my neighborhood
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Portrayed Bozo the Clown for a number of years in the late 1950s to late 1960s on Washington DC's PBS channel.
2Co-host, with Beverly Breckenridge, of an infomercial for Universal Music's "Those Wonderful Years" music collection. [2006]
3Still steps in occasionally to do weather on Today (1952) for Al Roker. Appeared on the 50th Anniversary "Today" program on January 14th. [January 2002]
4Is the announcer in the television commercials for Smuckers [May 2007]
5Father of two daughters.
6in "Willard Scott's Down Home Stories," he recounts from his radio days when he received his all-time favorite letter from a fan: "Dear Mr. Scott - I think you're the best disc jockey in Washington. You play the best music and have the nicest voice of anyone on the air. Please excuse the crayon - they won't let us have anything sharp in here."
7His "Happy Birthday" segements on Today began in 1983 when a viewer wrote in to ask him to wish her mother happy 100th birthday on air.
8McDonalds dropped him as Ronald McDonald when they went nationally with the character in favor of somebody thinner.
9In the 1960s he became McDonald's very first redhead clown, Ronald McDonald (originally named Donald McDonald).
10Began career as an NBC Page.


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1997)· Brad Lachman (executive producer)
· Bill Bracken (producer)
· Katie Couric (host)
· Al Roker (host)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1996)· Brad Lachman (executive producer)
· Bill Bracken (producer)
· Katie Couric (host)
· Al Roker (host)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1993)· Katie Couric (host)
· Dick Schneider (executive producer)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1994)· Katie Couric (host)
· Bill Bracken (producer)
· Brad Lachman (executive producer)
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1991)· Dick Schneider (producer)
· Katie Couric (host)
1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1987)· Dick Schneider (producer)
· Mary Hart (host)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Valerie's Family: The Hogans1987-1989TV SeriesPeter Poole
Bozo the Clown1962TV SeriesBozo

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today1980-2015TV SeriesHimself - Feature Correspondent / Himself - Features / Himself - Features Correspondent / ...
In Their Own Words2015TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2011TV MovieHimself
The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Commander Retro / Ronald McDonald from McDonald's Ads
How to Live Forever2009DocumentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
I Love the Holidays2005TV Special documentaryHimself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHimself
Christmas Across America '991999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Christmas Across America 19981998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Holy Man1998Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1998TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1997TV MovieHimself - Host
Ellen's Energy Adventure1996VideoHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHimself - Host
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1995TV MovieHimself - Host
Sisters1995TV SeriesHimself
Roommates1995Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1994TV SpecialHimself - co-host
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
Bill Nye, the Science Guy1994TV Series documentary
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1993TV MovieHimself - Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHimself - Host
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1991TV MovieHimself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1990TV MovieHimself - Host
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1989TV MovieHimself - Host
The Jim Henson Hour1989TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1988TV SpecialHimself - Host
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular1988TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHimself - Host
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Guest Appearance
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1983TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Creative Arts Awards
Hee Haw1983TV SeriesHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1982TV SpecialHimself
Early Today1982TV SeriesHimself - Weatherman

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself

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