Phil McGraw

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Phil McGraw

Born

9/1/1950, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Dr. Phil
7.5
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Biography

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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

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

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  • i have been trying to write you

    9.5
    hi dr phil, I watch your show in the morning at . cause I cant sleep and I have to give my mom her medicine at 6. I had lost weight I was in a size 12 was down to 174, my son died of a overdose in January of this year and its hard on me still and gain some weight back, took this one diet pill and almost died. I have no self esteem, I have no motivation, I joined a gym and pay ever month but cant seem to get there. my grandson hates me and blames me for his dads death and I did everything I could. I don't sleep much, I don't eat. im a don't have a lot of money, I live in a trailer, not the best, but its mine. I have been trying to fixed it up. have written you before for help and no response, I figured since I was poor, you don't help us people and you may no respond to this, but I watch your show at 5 about weight and I need help bad. please help me. you can call me at 724-301-9229moreless
  • Dr Phil's family members have no qualifications or experience in psychology

    4.0
    I am a qualified and experienced lawyer therefore I talk to clients about law, I do not talk to them about my family and promote my husband's and children's achievements to them. I also do not bring my legally-unqualified family in to give legal advice to clients. I leave my family to make their own way in life with my 'behind the scenes' support, not my flagrant pimping of them at every opportunity.



    Dr Phil is a qualified and experienced psychologist but his family are not. He should not talk to the audience about his family and promote their commercial enterprises. Neither should they proffer unqualified psychological advice. To do so is embarrassing and cheapens the show to infomercial levelmoreless
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