Phil McGraw
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Updated On December 5, 2021
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Phil McGraw is better known as Dr. Phil McGraw. Likewise, he is a prominent mental health professional, author, and TV personality.  And, he is famous as Dr. Phil because of the show itself.

Early Life

Phil McGraw was born on September 1, 1950. His birthplace is in Vinita, Oklahoma, the United States. Also, he belongs to American nationality and his ethnicity is not available. The names of his parents are Joseph K McGraw Jr. and Anne Geraldine “Jerry”. He has two older sisters and a younger sister as siblings. They are Deana, Donna, and Brenda.

Phil McGraw Old Photo

Caption: Throwback picture of Phil McGraw (Instagram)

Currently, he is 70 years old with Birgo as a birth sign. Actually, the birth name of his is  Phillip Calvin McGraw. He spent his childhood days with her three siblings in the oilfields of North Texas. During that time, his father used to work as an equipment psychologist.

Educational Background

Also, Phil McGraw has joined Shawnee North High School when he and his father shifted to Kansas. The school was located in Overland Park, Kansas. In the duration of his high school days, he played linebacker with the football team. moreover, he also received a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa in the year, 1968. Later, he transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

In a similar manner, he has graduated from Midwestern State University i 1975 in psychology. Likewise, he completed his M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976. Secondly, he also earned a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas in the year, 1976.

 Professional life

After joining his father in Wichita Falls, Texas. And he initiated his private practice in psychology there. He garnered a huge success in the seminar named, Pathways. Thelma Box had created the seminar by joining McGraw and his father. Simultaneously, the success led McGraw to sign an agreement for the sale of his Pathway seminar stock.

Later on, he together with a lawyer, Garu Dobbs, founded Courtoom Sciences Inc (CSI). In 1995m Oprah Winfrey hired his legal consulting firm. After three years, the case ended with a victory for Oprah. Since the year, 1998, Phil gave his appearances in Oprah’s show as a relationship and life strategy expert as well.

Apart from these, he has also formed the Dr. Ohil Foudnation. The actual objective of the foundation is to fight childhood obesity. Also, it works with other organizations that support the needs of underprivileged children and their families. In the year, 1999, he released his first selling-book. Life Strategies.

Rise to Fame

Consequently, the main reason for his rise to fame was his own talk show, he debuted on September 16, 2002.  The show includes him to offer advice in the form of life strategies. Those strategies are based on his experience as a clinical and forensic psychologist. On top of that, it covers several subject matters such as unhappy marriages, financial planning, weight loss, and many more.

Phil McGraw Career

Caption: Phil McGraw on a program (Instagram)

In spite of such success of the show, the show also received various criticism as well. Some psychotherapists and mental health professionals had found fault with the content of the show. Therefore, The National Alliance on Mental Illness considered his conduct in an episode unethical and irresponsible.

Additional Appearances

Besides, he has given his appearances in a few television shows as well. He has appeared in Sesame Street, The Simpsons, and Hannah Montana. In addition, he was also featured in the horror-comedy movie, Scary Movie 4. The movie was released in 2006. On the other hand, he starred in the 2009 drama-comedy, Madea Goes to Jail.

Awards and Nomination

In total, Phil McGraw has won four awards and twenty-three nominations to date. In 2003, 2004, and 2005, he was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Host for him in Daytime Emmy Award. In 2005, he was nominated for Favorite Daytime Talk Show in People’s Choice Awards.  In the same award, he was nominated for the same title in the years, 2014 and 2017 as well. Astonishingly, he is the winner of Best Foreign TV Personality – Male in Aftonbladet TV Prize.

Moreover, he was nominated for the Outstanding Talk Show/Informative and Outstanding Talk Show from 2007 to 2012. In 2010, he specifically won the title, Outstanding Talk Show/Informative.  In 2007, he was also nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Host. On top of that, he was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design and Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic in 2012.

Particularly, he was only nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative in the years, 2013 and 2014. In 2016 and 2018, his nomination was for Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement – Topical. These nominations and awards were in Daytime Emmy Award. As for the latest award, he has recently won the award of Television on the Star on the Walk of Fame.

Net Worth

In accordance with some sources of particulars, it is estimated that Phil McGraw has a net worth of nearly $460 million. Annually, he has the ability or capacity to earn in the range from $60 to $90 million as his salary. Additionally, his source of income is through his profession as a psychologist, author, and also his appearance as one of the television personalities. However, he has not openly spoken about his other financial details such as his personal belongings, and further endorsements.

Relationship status

Talking about the author’s relationship, Phil McGraw has been involved in some marriage. Earlier, he had tied the not with Debbie Higgins McCall in 1970. Unfortunately, the couple officially got separated after three years, in 1973.

Phil McGraw and his family

Caption: Phil McGraw with his family on an occasion of celebration (Instagram)

Latterly, he married Robin McGraw. Surprisingly, the couple has been living their married life for forty-three years. They got married in the month of August 14, 1976. Into the bargain, McGraw has two sons. They are Jordan McGraw and Jay McGraw.


To boot, there are a few controversies and scandals in which the author has been involved. Once, he had a visit to Britney Spears in her hospital room. Somehow, the visit seemed to be an attempt to make Spears and her family participated in the television show, Dr. Phil.  Woefully, Spears family, as well as mental health professionals, criticized him as a result

Secondly, he had to face an accusation in the year 2017. He was cited for endangering the health of his guest with the aim of boosting his own show’s ratings. Ultimately, he did not accept those allegations made on him. Clearly, he had claimed that the assertion was completely false.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Through any sources of information, some details in regard to Phil’s body measurement are unavailable. Such as his weight,  and exact body measurements are not known to anyone. Nevertheless, he has black colored eyes. By the same token, his hair is light brown in color. He is 6 feet and 3 inches tall.

Over and above, he is active in almost all social media sites. It is surprising to know that has more than seven million followers on his verified Facebook account. With 1.2 million followers, his username on the verified Instagram account is @drphil. Likewise, his name on Twitter is  @DrPhil. On his verified Twitter account, he has 1.6 million followers.