19 Facts about Donald Duck

Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.

The origins of Donald Duck’s name was said to have been inspired by Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman. In 1932 Bradman and the Australian team were touring North America and he made the news after being dismissed for a duck against New York West Indians. Walt Disney was in the process of creating a “friend” for Mickey Mouse when he read about Bradman’s dismissal in the papers and decided to name the new character “Donald Duck”.

Donald’s parents are named Quackmore Duck and Hortense McDuck.

Della Thelma Duck is Donald’s twin sister, and the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck.

Daisy Duck, Donald’s girlfriend, was introduced in 1937 as Donna Duck.

Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet.

Donald typically wears a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie.

Donald is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech and his mischievous and irritable personality.

Donald’s first appearance was in “The Wise Little Hen” (released on June 9, 1934), but it was his second appearance, in “Orphan’s Benefit”, which introduced him as a temperamental comic foil to Mickey Mouse.

Donald starred in the “Der Fuehrer’s Face” that won the 1942 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Donald appeared in more films than any other Disney character, listed as appearing in approximately 178 theatrical films compared to Mickey Mouse’s 137.

Donald is the fifth most published comic book character in the world after Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.

Donald’s distinctive voice was created by Clarence Nash, who performed the role for 50 years.

In Sweden, voters often voted for Donald Duck or the Donald Duck Party as a nonexistent candidate until a 2006 change in voting laws, which prohibited voting for nonexistent candidates.

In 1984, Donald Duck was named an honorary alumnus of the University of Oregon during his 50th birthday celebration.

The Asteroid 12410 discovered in 1995 by P. Sicoli and P. Ghezzi at Sormano, was named after Donald Duck.

In 2005, Donald received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.

Donald Duck has played a major role in many Disney theme parks over the years. He has actually been seen in more attractions and shows at the parks than Mickey Mouse has.

Donald’s license plate number (313), indicates that he is a very unlucky duck.