Fifty-five years ago this fall, the Pillsbury Dough Boy made his debut in advertisements and quickly became a part of American pop culture. Here are 34 iconic ad mascots from the past 133 years.
It cost $16,000 to make the original doughboy stop-action clay model. The original voice of the Doughboy was supplied by actor Paul Frees, who also voiced the Thing in the Fantastic Four cartoons and Burgermeister Meisterburger in Christmas TV specials. The current voice actor is JoBe Cerny, who appeared in “The Road to Perdition” and “Legally Blonde 2.”
Quaker Oats man
Painted by artist Haddon Sundblom, who also illustrated Santas for Coca-Cola.
Model for the original painting was named Nipper because he would bite visitors’ legs.
Morton Salt girl
The drawing of the girl has been updated six times since the original was created.
Designed by a 14-year-old boy from Suffolk, Va. He was paid $5.
General Mills has her redrawn every few years. Not patterned after any one model.
Snap, Crackle & Pop
Designed by magazine cover illustrator Vernon Grant. He died in 1990 at age 88.
The Coppertone Girl
Jodie Foster’s first acting job at age 3 was playing the Coppertone Girl in a TV ad.
Created by illustrator Albert Staehle ... who had been hired to draw a raccoon, not a bear.T
Tony the Tiger
Was given voice by Thurl Ravenscroft, who also sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Alfred E. Neuman
Norman Mingo’s original illustration sold at auction in 2008 for $203,150.
The Marlboro Man
Four of the six men who posed as Marlboro Men have died of lung cancer.
Yes, he was a real guy. Sold chicken at his gas station. He died in 1980 at age 90.
Created by Willard Scott, who went on to become weatherman for the “Today” show.
The Silly Rabbit
Twice – 1976 and 1980 – children voted by mail to allow the rabbit to eat a bowl of Trix.
Original voice actor: Daws Butler, who also voiced Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
The Esso Tiger
Designed by Bob Jones, who also painted covers for Mad magazine.
Original voice actor: Arthur Anderson, who worked with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre.
Dick Wilson starred in more than 900 TV spots for Charmin. He died in 2007 at age 91.
The Lonely Maytag Repairman
Played for 12 years by veteran TV actor Jesse White, who died in 1997.
The Keebler Elves
Ernie originally was an assistant. He moved up when the blustery chief elf was dropped.
Voiced by actor Paul Winchell, who also played Tigger and the Smurfs’ Gargamel.
Agriculturist spent most of his career selling manure before switching to popcorn.
The Kool-Aid Man
Was turned into a video game and a comic book series in the 1980s.
Portrayed on TV as a “party animal” male, the dog was actually a female bull terrier.
Critics said Camel used the cartoon to target children. He was retired in 1997.
The Energizer Bunny
Originally meant to be a parody of Duracell commercials. The TV toy is remote-controlled.
Founder reluctantly agreed to appear in commercials. Died in 2002 at age 69.
Popular campaign was halted briefly in 2004 during the mad cow disease scare.
The Geico Gecko
What do you do if folks can’t pronounce the name of your company? You run with it.
The AFLAC duck
Voice actor Gilbert Gottfried was fired in 2011 after posting offensive tweets
The Most Interesting Man in the World
Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, 81, once played a “redshirt” on “Star Trek.”
Actor Stephanie Courtney, 50, also appeared on “Mad Men.”
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
It took three days to film the first ad starring former Seattle Seahawk Isaiah Mustafa.
Sources: The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Ad Week, Business Insider, the New Yorker, the Verge, Mad magazine, the Smithsonian Institution, Internet Movie Database, Snopes.com, CharacterWeb.com, Today’s Inspiration blog, ColonelSanders.com, ConAgra Foods, Coppertone, Energizer, Geico, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Maytag, Morton Salt, Planters Peanuts, Quaker Oats, Wendy’s