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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 September 1950Vinita, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NamePhillip Calvin McGraw
Nickname Dr. Phil
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Phil McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, to Anne Geraldine "Jerry" (Stevens) and Joseph J. "Joe" McGraw, Jr., an equipment supplier for oil fields. He earned his doctorate degree in psychology from the University of North Texas [1979]. In 1980 he founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service trial sciences firm. As president of CSI, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East consulting with clients including Fortune 500 companies, major networks and airlines. He has also conducted seminars on life strategies and goal acquisition for tens of thousands of participants from the general public and corporate America.

His relationship columns appear in each monthly issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. He has written three books - "Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters", "Relationship Rescue", and "Family First".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Robin McGraw (14 August 1976 - present) (2 children)
Debbie Higgins McCall (27 November 1970 - 1973) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Does a one-finger-wave in the beginning of each of his shows to his wife Robin in the audience.
The line "And how is that working out for you?"
Thick Southern Accent
Moustache

Trivia (13)

Resides in Los Angeles.
Has two younger sisters & an older sister, Deana.
M.S. [1976] & PhD [1979] graduate of University of North Texas [UNT] in Denton, Texas.
With the start of his TV show Dr. Phil (2002), he and his wife and son, Robin and Jordan, moved to Beverly Hills, purchasing a $7 million mansion. His son Jay is in law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Two sons, Jay McGraw (b. 1979) & Jordan McGraw (b. 1986).
In 2004 the children's TV series Sesame Street (1969) introduced the puppet "Dr. Feel" in his honor.
Graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas.
Father-in-law of Erica Dahm.
In 1968, he was a middle-linebacker on the University of Tulsa football team, where he received a scholarship. On November 23rd of that year, this team was defeated by the University of Houston, 100-6, in one of the most lopsided college games in history. Scoring a touchdown for Houston, in this game, was wide receiver Larry Gatlin of Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers fame.
In 2006, he donated $1 million to the Dr. Phil McGraw Foundation.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $30 million.
Once put Chuck Norris under his training, and was said to be his favorite student.
Grandfather of London Phillip McGraw and Avery Elizabeth McGraw.

Personal Quotes (70)

Nothing's funnier to me than laughing at myself.
We all have a social mask, right? We put it on, we go out, put our best foot forward, our best image. But behind that social mask is a personal truth, what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of.
The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears.
There's a big difference between falling in love and being in love. There's a big difference between infatuation and falling in love.
It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.
At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you're living your life doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're comfortable with it.
A year from now, you're gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.
I'm embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye, because we ask them to do so much for so little.
We teach people how to treat us.
My dad used to say, 'You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.
Awareness without action is worthless.
Eighty percent of all choices are based on fear. Most people don't choose what they want; they choose what they think is safe.
If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does.
A lot of people do have tragic childhoods. But you know what? Get over it.
You have got to decide, look, this is who I am; this is my best way to present myself, and I'm going to ride that horse to the finish line. Not everybody will like it, but that's OK.
You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you.
There is nothing wrong with your marriage if you're dealing with bills and kids and the broken garbage disposal and in-laws and work demands. That's a normal marriage.
You're only lonely if you're not there for you.
Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.
If you want more, you have to require more from yourself.
Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.
You know, what we do know is that there is a high frequency of violence in the home of those who bully.
There are some sick people in this world.
Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.
If you're trying to get out of debt, you have to be willing to treat everything as expendable.
I mean, if you degrade someone, you isolate them, you control them, you call them names, you demean them. That's a horrible existence for people.
You don't need a pack of wild horses to learn how to make a sandwich.
The truth is, I think we are a self-less society, not a selfish society. Because we're so busy now.
Relationships are negotiated and if you deal with ultimatums and authority all the time, then you're not going to get anywhere.
Oh, everybody wears a mask. We all put our best foot forward. We all try and make a statement, I'm not saying that's bad.
Everyone faces the challenge of finding meaning to their suffering.
I don't substitute anybody else's judgment for my own.
I don't care how pumped up or psyched you are to start a new diet or a new program - that emotion will fade.
God is a loving god.
Food is a coping mechanism; people are afraid of giving it up because then they'll feel confused and lost.
Don't wait until you're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.
Do you realize that you can't play the game of life with sweaty palms?
As parents we're not nearly as computer literate as our children are.
If you've gone into a marriage and you haven't been clear about how you're going to handle money, how you want to raise kids, who is going to work or stay home or what have you, then you've set yourself up for failure.
I do not believe, even remotely, that you have to have a partner in your life in order to be whole, in order to be complete, in order to be fulfilled. You just don't have to.
You don't need a rope to pinch a stranger's butt.
People are used to being coddled.
Parents need to dial in and know what their kids are doing.
Now, my body fat runs around 18 percent, which is normal and, you know, kind of in the middle of normal, actually.
Not everybody is some kind of media model.
Life is a full-contact sport, and there's a score up on the board.
It's so much easier to tell people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.
It's hard to see your own face without a mirror.
I've learned a tremendous amount from Oprah.
I'm one of those that believes you can't be one kind of a man and another kind of president.
I'm not a politician.
I think you're running into a lot of trouble if your idea of foreplay is, 'Brace yourself honey, here I come!'
I think I've got the best staff in television.
I mean, I'm very, very competitive.
I just am not good at math.
I grew up in athletics, where people keep score.
I tell you, if you're in the front row of the parade and you stop walking, pretty soon you're back in the tuba section. And if you want to lead the parade you've got to keep moving.
I mean, look, teachers don't do their job for the money, obviously, because we pay them ridiculously little amounts for what they put in. Most of them come out of their own pocket for materials and things to help the children and all that.
I have some wonderful friends from the Mideast that are as red, white and blue as anybody you know, that have been harassed, and I think it's a terrible, terrible thing.
The problem is that for women, the average time is just over 14 minutes... men are left with about 12 minutes during which time they need to think of something to do!
Take it from a guy: If you're in love with somebody, you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain, you will slay the dragon. You're going to get to her somehow, some way.
I've talked to so many people, men and women alike, that get overweight and their self-esteem just goes in the tank. They think they're judged. They think they're unattractive.
Every one of us have things that we believe about ourselves when nobody else is looking, nobody else is listening, nobody else is monitoring what we're doing. We believe things about ourself.
What I want people to do is what's healthy for them.
Well, I'm not sure what pop psychology is, but I don't like it.
The most you get is what you ask for.
When I was practicing psychology, I used to tell myself if I ever get to where I'm just doing this for the money or I'm just going through the motions, I'll quit.
Well, let me tell you, if you're 45, had three children and are post-menopausal, you're not going to weigh what you did the day you graduated from high school. Get that out of your head. That's a media-driven ideal that you're never going to healthfully obtain.
If I was on the air and was just kind of a plain-vanilla personality that took the safe road and the safe way trying to please all of the people all of the time, I'd been gone in two weeks.
I think every parent, every generation has wanted their children to do better and have a higher standard of living. But I think there's too much guilt.

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