|Born||Frank J. Delfino
February 13, 1911
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||February 19, 1997
San Diego, California
|Cause of death||Bone Marrow Cancer|
Frank J. Delfino (February 13, 1911 – February 19, 1997), was an American actor. Delfino had dwarfism, and most of his roles were related to his small stature, he remains best known for portraying the character of The Hamburglar in the McDonalds advertising campaign television commercial's over a 20 year period.
Early life and career
Delfino was born in Brooklyn, New York. Standing 4 feet, 5 inches tall, he became a professional violinist and performed in "Midget Village" at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Delfino began his professional acting career appearing as "Johnnie" selling cigarettes for Philip Morris and subsequently appeared in advertisements for Curtis Candy, Little Caesar's Pizza, Sprite, and Snickers, as well as first appearing in commercials for McDonalds, beginning in 1971 and continuing for more than 20 years, portraying what was perhaps his best known character, The Hamburglar.
In 1949, Delfino moved to Los Angeles to perform in his own local cartoon show, Jupiter Mars from Out of the Stars and made his feature film debut in 1956 with an uncredited role in The Court Jester. He later had minor parts in films such as Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Planet of the Apes and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as more significant roles in productions including Under the Rainbow (aka: The Princess and the Magic Frog), The Odd Couple, Little Cigars, White House Madness, The Feather and Father Gang and Never Con a Killer.
Frank Delfino and his wife Sadie Delfino also worked as stand-ins for well-known Hollywood child actors, including Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen who portrayed Bobby and Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch. In addition to serving as stand-ins, the Delfinos appeared as "Kaplutian" extraterrestrials in one of the episodes of the final season of The Brady Bunch entitled, "Out of This World". One of Frank Delfino's last on-screen role came in 1988, when he played a minor character in the TV series Circus.
He was survived by a daughter Ruth Delfino Spiering also of the San Diego,CA. area (who has made a few corrections to this entry)
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