Willard Scott Biography – Willard Scott Wiki
Willard Scott (born Willard Herman Scott Jr.) was an American weather presenter, radio and TV personality, actor, narrator, clown, comedian, and author. He was best known as the weatherman for “The Today Show” from 1980 to 1996 and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.
Born March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia, Scott’s broadcasting career began in the 1950s, after he graduated from American University in Washington. In 1955, he began hosting the “Joy Boys” radio show on the NBC radio station WRC and remain on the program until it ended in 1974.
In the 1960s, he also hosted children’s TV shows and appeared on WRC playing a wide range of characters, including Bozo the Clown, a bygone children’s icon who appeared on airwaves around the country in the ’60s and ’70s.
Scott also had the distinction of being the first person to play Ronald McDonald, appearing in commercials in the Washington area starting in 1963.
Scott remained in Washington throughout the 1970s, becoming the weatherman for NBC’s local channel 4 station. In March 1980,the network came calling, and he replaced Bob Ryan as weatherman on TODAY. Ryan then took Scott’s old job, becoming the meteorologist at WRC.
In 1985, he did the weather dressed as Boy George while the singer was at the height of his fame. He also dressed up as a giant Cupid on Valentine’s Day, in a barrel on the day taxes were due and a groundhog to celebrate Groundhog Day.
His most memorable stunt, though, may have been dressing up as Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda in a 1983 episode of TODAY in order to secure a $1,000 donation to the USO. He took some flak for it, but stood by it.
In 1983, Scott honored a viewer’s request to wish his mother a happy 100th birthday, which began the tradition of of greetings to centenarians that is still going strong today.
He got dressed as Santa Claus at the National Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. for several years throughout the ’80s, as well as at multiple events held at the White House. He co-anchored NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1987-1997 and also enjoyed a recurring role as the gregarious Mr. Poole in the sitcom “The Hogan Family.”
The lovable Scott was also once approached by first lady Barbara Bush during the 1989 inauguration parade of her husband, President George H.W. Bush.
In 1996, Scott semi-retired and was replaced on TODAY by Al Roker, although he would fill in for Al for the next 10 years. He officially retired from TV in 2015, wrapping a 35-year run with TODAY.
Scott resurfaced on TODAY in August 2019 in a video featuring the show’s cast and crew wishing Al a happy 65th birthday.
“I can’t believe it. My little guy is 65 years old,” he said. “What’s the world coming to? Hey, listen, now you can collect Social Security and you’ll make even more money. What a lucky guy you are. You are nothing but the best. Who loves ya, baby? I do?”
In 1985, President Reagan awarded Scott a Private Sector Award for Public Service.
Willard Scott Age
Willard Herman Scott Jr. was born on March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia. He died on September 4, 2021. He was 87 years old.
Willard Scott Wife
Today show veteran Willard Scott was married to Paris Keena at the time of his death. Scott and Paris Keena wed in Fort Myers, Fla., on April 1, 2014. Scott first met Keena when she was working for NBC’s Washington affiliate, WRC, in 1977.
Scott was previously married to Mary Dwyer Scott from 1959 until her death in 2002. The couple had two children, Mary and Sally.
Willard Scott Children
Willard Scott had two children, Mary and Sally, from his first marriage to Mary Dwyer.
Willard Scott Family
Willard Scott is survived by his wife Paris Keena and his kids Sally and Mary from his previous marriage to wife Mary Dwyer Scott, who died in 2002.
Willard Scott Death
Legendary ‘Today’ show weatherman Willard Scott died at his farm in Delaplane, Virginia after a brief illness at the age of 87 on September 4, 2021, TODAY’s Al Roker confirmed on Instagram. Roker wrote in an Instagram post: “We lost a beloved member of our @todayshow family this morning. Willard Scott passed peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife, Paris. He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”
Willard Scott Cause of Death
Willard Scott’s cause of death was not revealed.
Willard Scott Net Worth
Willard Scott’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.