Richard and Maurice McDonald
|Died||July 14, 1998 (aged 89)|
Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Calvary Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|Known for||Co-founder of McDonald's|
|Died||December 11, 1971 (aged 69)|
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California, U.S.|
|Known for||Co-founder of McDonald's|
Richard McDonald (February 1909 – July 14, 1998) and Maurice McDonald (1902 – December 11, 1971), together known as the McDonald Brothers, were American entrepreneurs who founded the fast food company McDonald's. They opened the original McDonald's restaurant in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, where they created the Speedee Service System to produce their meals, a method that would become the standard for fast food. After hiring Ray Kroc as their franchise agent in 1954, they continued to run the company until they were bought out by Kroc in 1961.
The McDonald brothers were born in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Patrick McDonald and Margarete McDonald, Irish immigrants who came to the United States as children. Maurice was born in late 1902, and Richard was born in February 1909. In the 1920s, the family moved to California, where Patrick opened a food stand in Monrovia in 1937.
In 1948, the brothers fully redesigned and rebuilt their restaurant in San Bernardino to focus on a reduced menu consisting of nine items: In addition to their 15 cent hamburger, the menu would include a cheeseburger, soft drinks, milk, coffee, potato chips and a slice of pie.
The McDonald brothers' restaurant was a success, and with the goal of making $1 million before they turned 50, the McDonald brothers began franchising their system in 1953, beginning with a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, operated by Neil Fox.
On November 30, 1984, Richard McDonald, the first cook behind the grill of a McDonald's, was served the ceremonial 50 billionth McDonald's hamburger by Ed Rensi, then-president of McDonald's USA, at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York City.
Death and legacy
Richard McDonald also died from heart failure in a nursing home in Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 14, 1998, at the age of 89. He was buried at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.
In the 2016 film The Founder, a biopic about Ray Kroc and his business relationship with the McDonald brothers, Richard McDonald is played by Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch portrays Maurice McDonald.
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