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The Man Who Invented the Big Mac Has Died

An actual burger king.

Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti, the man credited with creating the Big Mac, passed away on Monday at the age of 98. The longtime McDonald’s franchisee created the burger — now synonymous with the brand — almost a half-century ago in 1967 during the heyday of the Golden Arches. He reportedly developed the special sauce himself, and overcame what he called a “very cautious” corporate hive brain and resistance to the double-split bun to get the burger on the market.

After the Big Mac became a runaway success at Delligatti’s 47 franchises, McD’s took it national and gave him a plaque. McDonald’s eventually helped Delligatti open a shrine to his creation, the Big Mac Museum Restaurant.

The Man Who Invented the Big Mac Has Died