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Date of Birth 7 November 1918Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameWilliam Franklin Graham Jr.
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Billy Graham is, arguably, the most successful Christian evangelist in the world. Born William Franklin Graham, Jr., on Monday, November 7th, 1918, (just four before Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11th, 1918) on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, Graham has been an unofficial pontifex maximus to the American Republic since the Truman Administration. Graham served as a spiritual adviser to several American presidents, though he is most widely associated with Richard Nixon. He has given a prayer at every Presidential inauguration since 1948, with the exception of 2000, when he was too sick to attend, and was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal by his fellow Southern Baptist, Bill Clinton, in 1996.

As a radio and TV evangelist, Graham has touched the lives of an estimated two billion people. He personally has overseen the spiritual rebirth of over 2.5 million people, who have accepted Jesus as their personal savior at his revival meetings. The Gallup Poll listed him as number seven on its list of the most admired people of the 20th century.

Graham is a moderate and temperate preacher with a high level of tolerance. His split with Bob Jones, Sr. circa 1950 is the watershed moment of the divergence of evangelicals, like Graham, from fundamentalists, like Jones.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (1)

Ruth Bell Graham (13 August 1943 - 14 June 2007) (her death) (5 children)

Trade Mark (6)

Long lectures about Jesus Christ
North Carolina accent
Sometimes wears glasses
Holds evangelic revival meetings, known as Crusades
Sermons on salvation and God's love
The song "Just As I Am" is played when people responde to the alter calls at the end of his Crusades

Trivia (86)

One of the most well-known Christian evangelists of the 20th century.
Attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina for one year, then transferred to Florida Bible Institute.
Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to worked as a Fuller Brush salesman to pay his way through college.
Father of: Franklin Graham, Ned, Bunny, Gigi and Anne Graham Lotz.
Has given prayer at inauguration of every U. S. President since Harry S. Truman. However, due to ill health he was unable to attend George W. Bush's first inauguration in 2001.
Met his wife, Ruth Graham, during seminary training at Wheaton College.
Served as president of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1946 to 1949. To this day, he is the youngest person in U.S. history to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.
When he was a young boy, his father cured him of drinking alcohol by bringing home a bottle of beer and making him drink every drop. His father then told him, "If anyone ever tries to make you drink, tell them you've already tried it and you didn't like it!"
Harry S. Truman called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Singer Pat Boone considers him "the greatest man since Jesus".
Has Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, fluid on the brain and uses a walker due to a pelvic fracture in 2004. He has also been hospitalized with pneumonia, which has damaged his lungs.
He was close friends with Johnny Cash.
Apologized for his opinions on Jewish people and the news media, recorded on tape during conversations with President Richard Nixon at the White House thirty years ago. (3 March 2002).
Awarded an honorary knighthood by the British government in the New Years Honours List of 2002.
Is a registered Democrat, although he was considered politically conservative and was a close friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
He and his wife were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
When briefly hospitalized late in 1976, President Gerald Ford, former President Richard Nixon and President-elect Jimmy Carter all visited him.
Revealed in his autobiography the conversations he had with Mickey Cohen during the 1949 Graham crusade in Los Angeles. Cohen was a notorious Los Angeles-based racketeer who died of natural causes in 1976. At the time of the JFK assassination in 1963, Cohen was the boyfriend of a Texas-based stripper named Juanita Sahakian who knew Jack Ruby.
Has never allowed himself to be seen in public with any other woman, including his daughters, without wife Ruth Graham present.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Lives in Montreat, North Carolina, in the same house he and his wife have lived in for over 50 years. Currently in the process of turning over his ministry to his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. [2006]
Release of his book, "Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham". [1997]
Lifelong friend of Robert H. Schuller for 69 years, from 1946 until his comrade's death in 2015. Despite being eight years Graham's junior, Schuller met him, when Graham came as a preacher from Minnesota, to deliver an evangelistic message at the Hope College Chapel in Holland, Michigan.
Future Christian popular singers Michele Pillar and Michael O'Brien were childhood television heroes of Graham.
Expressed a belief that William Friedkin's film "The Exorcist" was infused with evil.
Born on and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to the biography "The Presidents and the Preacher," legendary producer Cecil D. DeMille originally offered the role of Samson in the epic Biblical classic Samson and Delilah to a young Billy Graham, then experiencing his first national fame as an evangelist. Graham turned the offer down flat, telling DeMille that he had no ambitions beyond his calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The director told Graham that he'd been certain that the young evangelist would refuse the offer, but that in actually doing so Graham had restored DeMille's faith.
The eldest of four children.
Long lives run in his family.
By him, one of his grandsons, Tulian married his wife, Kim.
Graduated from Sharon High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1936.
Was born only 4 days before the armistice of World War I, and one year to the day after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.
Had lost his grandmother, Lucinda Coffey, when Graham was in elementary school, along with her sister. At that time, they were both called out of school.
Grandfather of Jonathan, Tullian, Murrow, Rachel-Ruth, William Franklin, Roy, Edward and Jane.
His very first evangelistic crusade took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Of Scottish descent.
Had developed a close friendship with Martin Luther King, and that he was eventually one of the few people who referred to King as "Mike," a nickname which King asked only his closest friends to call him.
Between 1948 and 1987, Graham was the speaker at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Was offered a five-year, $1 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals because of his prearranged commitments.
Retired as the presenter of The Billy Graham Crusades, in 2005, at age 86.
His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died on June 14, 2007, just 4 days after her 87th Birthday.
Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to work for Mr. Corwin, as a preacher and a speaker in Tampa, Florida.
He is known to be a very private person.
Became a minister since he was 19.
During the Cold War, Graham became the first evangelist of note to speak behind the Iron Curtain, addressing large crowds in countries throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, calling for peace.
Uncle of John and Cathie.
He came down very sick with mumps and went to Florida to recuperate. While there, his friend Torrey Johnson told him that he wanted to create Youth for Christ International, and wanted Graham to take a leading role. The Village Church accepted his resignation. He began preaching extensively, apparently mostly in the eastern half of the United States.
His lifelong best friend's, Robert H. Schuller's son, Robert A. Schuller, attended Billy's 95th Birthday, at Graham's Evangelist Association, in Charlotte, North Carolina. [7 November 2013].
Before he was a successful televangelist, he worked briefly as a pastor of First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois.
Son of strict Presbyterians, William Franklin Graham, Sr., and Morrow Coffey Graham.
Granduncle of Jeff, Kristi and Jamie.
Is the best-selling author of over 35 books.
He visited fellow pastor, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, in Anaheim, California, for a meeting to do a proposed Sunday Morning religious show for Graham's best buddy, which would eventually be called: The Hour of Power (1970), a show Schuller had hosted for 40 years, until his retirement in 2010.
His sister, Catherine Graham McElroy, passed away on October 14, 2006, and lived to be 86.
His lifelong best friend Dr. Robert H. Schuller's television show, The Hour of Power (1970), was based on 'The Hour of Decision,' a radio show that was hosted by Graham, himself.
He attended Sharon Grammar School.
Has preached to over 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.
Founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which first headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1999.
Founder of the magazine Christianity Today.
Graham is the first televangelist ever to become friends of the many U.S. Presidents, the second was his best friend Robert Schuller.
Was hospitalized for six days to replace a valve in a shunt designed to regulate brain pressure. [13 February 2008].
At 29, he resigned from Youth for Christ to focus on his studies at Northwestern University.
In 1924, when Billy was only 5, he focused on the outdoors, but rarely did he walk, he was running and zooming.
During the Apartheid era, Graham consistently refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed integrated seating for audiences. During his first crusade there in 1973, he openly denounced apartheid. Graham also corresponded with imprisoned South African leader Nelson Mandela during the latter's 27-year sentence.
Spoke at the memorial service following the Oklahoma City bombing. [1995].
As of 2005, he has repeatedly been on Gallup's list of Most Admired Men and Women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any other individual in the world.
Was hospitalized for 11 days for evaluation and treatment of intestinal bleeding. [18 August 2007].
Was the first Protestant to receive an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic school.
Was converted at age 15, during a series of revival meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina, led by Ham.
Served as the Founder of World Wide Pictures (founding dates vary from 1950-1952). To date, he has currently produced and distributed over 130 productions, translated into 46 languages. Most are short films shown in churches.
Between 1947 and 2005, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents.
The first non-musician and the oldest televangelist ever to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
He, along with his family, moved from about 75 yards (69 m) from their white frame house, to a newly-built red brick home in Charlotte, North Carolina, when in 1927, Graham was only 8-years-old.
Graham stated that feminism was "an echo of our overall philosophy of permissiveness", and that women did not want to be "competitive juggernauts pitted against male chauvinists." He further stated that the role of wife, mother, and homemaker was the destiny of "real womanhood" according to the Judeo-Christian ethic. He was criticized by feminists as being part of a backlash for these statements. [1970].
Prior to his retirement, he spoke at the Metro Maryland Franklin Graham Festival, held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. [9 July 2006].
Was baptized at age 20, in Silver Lake, Florida.
One of his daughters, Anne Graham Lotz, found her husband drowned in their pool. He was later taken to the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her husband and his son-in-law, Danny Lotz, had suffered from diabetes, beginning in 2009, who has been undergoing dialysis, until he passed away. [19 August 2015].
Prior to his retirement, and with substantial vision along with hearing loss, made a rare public appearance at the re-dedication of the renovated Billy Graham Library.
Preaching runs in his family.
The Billy Graham Library and Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina is dedicated. Former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attend. [31 May 2007].
After one semester of Bob Jones College, he found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules. At this time, he was influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of the college, had warned him not to throw his life away.
Met George Beverly Shea, in 1943, when he first sang for him on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night." Shea carried the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. Despite being nearly a decade apart, the two would be best friends for 70 years, until Shea's own death in 2013.
His son, Franklin Graham, was named after him, and his grandfather.
Did not attend the funeral of his lifelong best friend's Robert H. Schuller, in California, due to his frailing health.
At his 65th birthday, one of his guests was his best friend, Robert H. Schuller, who after being invited, sat in the front row of distinguished guests. [7 November 1983].
His hobbies are: golfing, fishing, praying, traveling, spending time with his family, reading, origami, sewing, photography, philanthropy, magic tricks and playing games.

Personal Quotes (10)

[1993] Is AIDS a judgment of God? I could not say for sure, but I think so.
[on church] Churchgoers are like coals of fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
[on forgiveness] If His conditions are met, God is bound by His Word to forgive any man or any woman of any sin because of Christ.
[9/11 sermon] The dead are in paradise and would not return to us if they could.
We sometimes forget that some of the loneliest people in the world are those who are constantly in the public eye. They have spiritual needs like everyone else.
[on love] God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died it was God saying to the world - I love you.
[on Salvation] Is it not arrogance or narrow-mindedness to claim that there is only one way of salvation or that the way we follow is the right way? I think not. After all, do we fault a pilot for being narrow-minded when he follows the instrument panel [while] landing in a rainstorm? No, we want him to remain narrowly focused!
[focused on the Heart] Don't ever hesitate to take to [God] whatever is on your heart. He already knows it anyway, but He doesn't want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone.
God loves homosexuals as much as anyone else. I think homosexuality is a sin, but no greater than idolatry and adultery. In my judgment, is not that big.
[Who considers himself as a failure] I am the greatest failure of all men. I was too much with men and too little with God. I was too busy with business meetings and even conducting services. I should have been more with God, and people would've sensed God's presence about me when they were with me.

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