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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 February 1951Starkville, Mississippi, USA
Nickname Mattress Mac

Mini Bio (1)

James McIngvale was born on February 11, 1951 in Starkville, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Sidekicks (1992) and WWE Raw (1993). He is married to Linda McIngvale. They have three children. He was previously married to Cynthia Potter.

Spouse (2)

Cynthia Potter (? - ?) (divorced)
Linda McIngvale (? - present) (3 children)

Trivia (17)

Owner of Gallery Furniture (which he opened in 1981) in Houston, Texas.
Owner of Westside Tennis Club in Houston, Texas.
Heavily involved in charity and sports in Houston, Texas.
Friend of Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi through his Westside Tennis Club.
Opened his second Gallery Furniture store in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas in March, 2009.
Father of three children. His youngest daughter, Elizabeth McIngvale, is the founder of "Peace of Mind", a non-profit organization devoted to the research and cure of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, having struggled with OCD, herself, for several years. His son is named James McIngvale, Jr. and his older daughter is named Laura McIngvale Brown.
Was a supporter of Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
The warehouse at the original location of Gallery Furniture in North Houston burned down on May 21, 2009, but the showroom was spared.
He has a five-car garage for his Ferrari collection. He is one of the largest owners of thoroughbred racehorses in Kentucky. His goal is to win the Kentucky Derby. He got into horseracing because his daughter and sister-in-law both liked horses.
The cause of the fire at the Gallery Furniture warehouse was declared arson by ATF on May 28, 2009.
After college, he was involved in various unsuccessful endeavors and ended up almost 30 years old, broke, without a car and working in a convenience store. After getting fired, he decided it was time for an attitude change and got a job working for a furniture store on the other side of Dallas from where he lived. He learned the furniture business and developed better work habits. He decided to go into the furniture business for himself. His brother, who was living in Houston, found the perfect location for him -- the abandoned model home park which became the first location of Gallery Furniture. He and his new wife, Linda McIngvale moved to Houston.
Originally from Dallas, he went to college at the University of Texas where he played football though he mostly rode the bench. He was a member of the 1969 Longhorn's national championship team.
His daughter, Laura McIngvale Brown, and her husband, chef Phillip Brown, are partners with Vince Young of Young's "Vince Young Steakhouse".
His daughter, Laura Brown, gave birth to Jim's first grandchild, a girl named Sydney Ruth Brown.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the opening of "Gallery Furniture" in Houston, Texas [2011].
His daughter, Laura, appeared in a commercial for their family business, "Gallery Furniture". [2010]
Release of his book, "Always Think Big" by Jim with Thomas Duening and John Ivancevich. [March 2002]

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