Frank Delfino

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Frank Delfino
Frank and Sadie Delfino.jpg
Frank Delfino and wife Sadie Delfino
Born Frank J. Delfino
(1911-02-13)February 13, 1911
Brooklyn, New York
Died February 19, 1997(1997-02-19) (aged 86)
San Diego, California
Cause of death Bone Marrow Cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–1992

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 McDonald's advertising campaign television commercial's over a 20-year period.

Early life and career[edit]

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 McDonald's, beginning in 1971 and continuing for more than 20 years, portraying what was perhaps his best known character, The Hamburglar.[1][2]

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.[1]

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.[1]


Delfino died of bone marrow cancer at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California on February 19, 1997, just six days after his 86th birthday.[1][2] He was survived by a daughter, Ruth Delfino Spiering.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Frank J. Delfino; Actor Played Hamburglar". The Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1997. 
  2. ^ a b "Frank J. Delfino, Television's Hamburglar". San Jose Mercury News. February 23, 1997. 

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