Psychologist, life strategist, television host. Born in 1950 in Oklahoma, Dr. Phil was raised both there and in Texas. He grew up to become a 6-foot-4-inch linebacker and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa. He finished his degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita…more
In 2004, Phil won the TV Prize at the Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden in the category of TV Personality - Male (Baesta utlaendska manliga tv-personlighet).
In 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2007, Phil was nominated for Daytime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Talk Show Host for Dr. Phil.
In 2005, Phil was nominated for a People's Choice Award at the People's Choice Awards, USA in the category of Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host.
On October 22, 2003, Phil announced the formation of the Dr. Phil Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood obesity.
As of January 2008, Phil resides in Los Angeles, California.
Phil stands at 6'4" or 1.93 m.
Dr. Phil & Robin both visited Bob Barker on The Price is Right during their honeymoon in 1976, and were seated right in the audience.
Dr Phil shared the stage with Christina Aguilera, Andrew Bocelli, Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride at a concert to raise money for U.S. after-school programs. It aired in the U.S. on August 22nd 2006.
Dr. Phil's wife is in the audience during all of his shows. During the end credits, Dr. Phil walks out with Robin and talks to her about the show that day, although the conversation is unheard.
A book accusing Dr. Phil of unethical business practices and having an affair with one of his clients, called The Making of Dr. Phil was written by Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez.
McGraw has been married to Robin Jameson McGraw since 1976 and has two sons, Jay and Jordan, with her.
Dr. Phil married Debbie Higgins McCall in 1970. The marriage ended in 1973.
Sesame Street has introduced a character that parodies Dr. Phil called "Dr. Feel."
In 2005, Dr. Phil urged Americans to boycott the island of Aruba because of the supposedly bungled investigation of Natalee Holloway's disappearance. He also aired video of one of the suspects that several experts have declared invalid.
Dr. Phil recently signed an extension to his syndication deal that will keep him on the air at least until the 2013-14 TV season.
Dr. Phil has a masters in experimental psychology, and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
One of Dr. Phil's common nicknames is "The Leg Doctor."
Dr. Phil was named 4th in a Boston Magazine's list of the "100 unsexiest men."
Dr. Phil appeared in the beginning sequence of video game "Duke Nukem: Waiting for Forever," interviewing the lead character.
Dr. Phil is consistently picked on by David Letterman during his late night show. Ever since Dr. Phil's syndicated talk show began Letterman has featured "Dr. Phil's Words of Wisdom" as a regular segment. It's made up of clips from the Dr. Phil show that feature odd quotes, such as "I didn't just ride in on a load of turnips." Dr. Phil has since become a frequent guest on Letterman's show.
Dr. Phil works with the Match relationship website and frequently appears in their commercials.
In a primetime special, Dr. Phil helped Paula Abdul learn how to engage in and sustain a healthy relationship.
When the Federal Trade Commission began investigating the weight loss claims of Dr. Phil's supplements, he had them taken off the market. He is facing a class action lawsuit by users of the supplements who claim that they did not help them lose weight.
Dr. Phil's psychological approach is to use Behavior Modification Therapy, which differs from traditional therapy that seeks to find the reason psychological problems happen to a person.
Dr. Phil was reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists in 1988 for hiring a client. In addition, the 19 year old client claimed that McGraw carried on a sexual relationship with her, which he denied. He was required to take ethics classes which he did not complete, instead opting to found Courtroom Sciences, inc.
Dr. Phil: Success means different things in different parts of my life, but overall if I have to define ultimately what success means.. the bottom line.. then for me it's if the family is healthy and happy.
Dr. Phil: Everybody should have the opportunity to do and be everything they can be.
Dr.Phil: You're only lonely if you're not there for you.
Phil McGraw: Nothing's funnier to me than laughing at myself.
Phil McGraw: I'm not the Hush-Puppies, pipe and `Let's talk about your mother' kind of psychologist.
Phil McGraw: Let's just call a spade a shovel.
Phil McGraw: Awareness without action is worthless.
Phil McGraw: You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you.
Phil McGraw: It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.
Phil McGraw: It's time to get real!
Phil McGraw: We teach people how to treat us.
Phil McGraw: You can't change what you don't acknowledge.
Phil McGraw: Are you doing what you're doing today because you want to do it, or because it's what you were doing yesterday?
Phil McGraw: 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.
Phil McGraw: I'm embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye, because we ask them to do so much for so little.
Phil McGraw: Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.