Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Hamburglar was a pint-sized burglar who first appeared in March 1971 and was one of the first villains on the commercials. He is dressed in a black-and-white hooped shirt and pants, a red cape, a wide-brimmed hat, and red gloves. His primary object of theft was hamburgers, hence his name. The character, like Grimace, started out as a villain, only he was old, had a long nose, gray hair, and was called the Lone Jogger in some 1970s commercials, sporting a shirt that said "Lone Jogger". He was revised in the mid-1980s; his look changed from a trollish old man to a red-headed child, and his unintelligible muttering became the familiar "robble robble." Hamburglar was later retired. In the 2000s, he was temporarily revived for an ad campaign for generic burgers instead of Happy Meals. In "The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald," he takes on a new sporty appearance wearing green goggles, a leather jacket, striped shirt, shorts and sneakers. He loves playing tricks on his friends and still loves burgers. He was played by Frankie Delfino from 1971 to 1991 and Tommy Vicini from 1982 to 2003. Hamburglar was voiced by Howard Morris in most commercials, Charlie Adler in some 1980s commercials and The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald, and Carl W. Wolfe in some 1990s commercials.