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Phil McGraw

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Phil McGraw
McGraw in 2013
Born (1950-09-01) September 1, 1950 (age 73)
Occupation(s)Psychologist, television host Nanny 1980-present
Years activeNanny 1980-present TV Person 2001-present
Spouse(s)Debbie Higgins (1970–73)
Robin Jameson (1976–present)
ChildrenJay, Jordan

Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950), best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, psychologist and author. He is the host of the psychology-themed television show Dr. Phil. He became a celebrity after appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Early life

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McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma. He is the son of Jerry Stevens and Joe McGraw. He grew up with two older sisters, Deana and Donna, and younger sister, Brenda. They lived in the oil fields of North Texas. His father was an equipment supplier there. During McGraw's childhood, his family moved so his father could become a psychologist. McGraw attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Mission, Kansas. In 1968, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa. He played middle linebacker. His coach was Glenn Dobbs. Glenn Dobbs is the father of Gary Dobbs. Gary Dobbs went into business with McGraw. On November 23, 1968, McGraw's team lost to the University of Houston 100-6. This is one of the most badly played games in college football history.

After that season, McGraw moved to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He next got a Master's degree in experimental psychology in 1976. He then got a Ph.D in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. At the University of North Texas, his dissertation was titled "Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Psychological Intervention."

McGraw photographed by Jerry Avenaim for the cover of Newsweek magazine 2001

After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had a private psychology practice.[1]

In 1983, McGraw and his father joined Thelma Box, a successful Texas businesswoman, in presenting "Pathways" seminars, "an experience-based training which allows individuals to achieve and create their own results."[2]

In 1990, McGraw joined lawyer Gary Dobbs in co-founding Courtroom Sciences Inc. (CSI), a trial consulting firm through which McGraw later came into contact with Oprah Winfrey.[3] After some time, CSI became a profitable enterprise. It advising Fortune 500 companies and injured plaintiffs about achieving settlements. McGraw is no longer an officer or director of the company.[3] After starting CSI, McGraw ceased the practice of psychology.

Oprah Winfrey and the Dr. Phil show

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In 1995, Oprah Winfrey hired McGraw's legal consulting firm CSI to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she thanked him for her victory in that case, which ended in 1998. Soon after, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a "Relationship and Life Strategy Expert" on Tuesdays starting in April 1998.

The next year, McGraw published his first best-selling book, Life Strategies, some of which was taken from the "Pathways" seminar.[4] In the next four years, McGraw published three additional best-selling relationship books, along with workbooks to complement them.

As of September 2002, McGraw formed Peteski Productions[5] and launched his own syndicated daily television show, Dr. Phil, produced by Winfrey's Harpo Studios. The format is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice for his guests' troubles.

Weight loss products

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In 2003 Dr Phil started selling weight loss products. They were called, "Shape It Up, Woo, Woo!" McGraw said science showed they could help users control their weight.[6] Many people criticized this and the Federal Trade Commission investigated. McGraw stopped selling weight loss products in March 2004 In October 2005, several people who used McGraw's products said they would file a class action lawsuit against him because although the supplements cost $120 per month they did not cause weight loss.[7] McGraw paid $10.5 million in September 2006 to stop the lawsuit.[8]


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  • McGraw, Phillip C. (1999). Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters. New York: Hyperion Books. pp. 320 pages. ISBN 0-7868-8459-2.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2000). The Relationship Rescue Workbook. New York: Hyperion. pp. 224 pages. ISBN 0-7868-8604-8.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2000). Relationship Rescue. New York: Hyperion. pp. 272 pages. ISBN 0-7868-8598-X.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2001). The Life Strategies Self-Discovery Journal: Finding What Matters Most for You. New York: Hyperion. pp. 384 pages. ISBN 0-7868-8743-5.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2001). Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out. New York: Simon & Schuster Source. pp. 318 pages. ISBN 0-7432-2423-X.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2002). Getting Real: Lessons in Life, Marriage, and Family. Hay House Audio Books. Audio CD. ISBN 1-4019-0062-3.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2003). The Self Matters Companion : Helping You Create Your Life from the Inside Out. New York: Free Press. pp. 208 pages. ISBN 0-7432-2424-8.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2003). The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom. New York: Free Press. pp. 320 pages. ISBN 0-7432-3674-2.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2003). The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide. Pocket Books. pp. 736 pages. ISBN 0-7434-9039-8.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2004). The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook: Recipes for Weight Loss Freedom. New York: Free Press. pp. 240 pages. ISBN 0-7432-6475-4.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2005). Family First : Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family. New York: Free Press. pp. 304 pages. ISBN 0-7432-7377-X.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2005). The Family First Workbook : Specific Tools, Strategies, and Skills for Creating a Phenomenal Family. New York: Free Press. pp. 256 pages. ISBN 0-7432-8073-3.
  • McGraw, Phillip C. (2006). Love Smart: Find the One You Want--Fix the One You Got. New York: Free Press. pp. 304 pages. ISBN 0-7432-9243-X.


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  1. Marc Peyser (2002). "Paging Doctor Phil". Newsweek. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
  2. Pathways Core Training (2007). "About Pathways". Pathways Core Training. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2008. {{cite web}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; 4 July 2008 suggested (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (2008). "Franchise Tax Certification of Account Status". Texas Comptroller. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2008.
  4. Mark Donald (2000). "Analyze This". Dallas Observer. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
  5. Secretary of State (2008). "Peteski Productions, Inc". State of California. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  6. Day, Sherri (October 27, 2003). "Dr. Phil, Medicine Man". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2006.
  7. CTV.ca News Staff (2005). "Class-action status sought in Dr. Phil diet suit". CTV Globe Media. Archived from the original on October 13, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  8. "Settlement reached on Dr. Phil diet plan". USA TodayAssociated Press. Associated Press. September 26, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2007.

Other websites

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