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Common misspelling: Dr. Fill, also known as Doctor Phil, Dr. Phil McGraw


Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Phillip C. McGraw

September 1, 1950

Vinita, Oklahoma

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The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”


Phillip Calvin McGraw Ph.D. (best known as Dr. Phil; born September 1, 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma) is the host of the popular American psychology TV-show Dr. Phil who gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.





Born in Vinita, Oklahoma, McGraw attended high school at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He enjoyed hunting ducks with his longtime childhood friend Alex McKenna. He was given a football scholarship to attend the University of Tulsa, but was injured and forced to transfer to Midwestern State University. McGraw graduated from the Midwestern State University in 1975 with a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in psychology, and then went on to get a Masters in experimental psychology and a Doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Texas. [1]


In 1996, Oprah Winfrey hired Phil McGraw to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she credited 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." In 2002, he was given his own syndicated daily TV 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. McGraw has authored a number of self-help books on topics such as relationships and weight loss.


McGraw is noted for his Texas accent. His celebrity is largely attributed to his behavioral approach to psychology. Many critics regard advice given by him to be at best simplistic and, at worst, invective. However, the style of McGraw's advice is said to prompt the person to "get real," and to confront the issues at hand. In 2005, he signed a five-year extension of his syndication deal with his show's distributors, King World Productions, Inc. The deal will pay McGraw a reported USD$15 million and keep him on the airwaves through the 2013–2014 TV season.


In September 2005, McGraw called for Americans to boycott Aruba in response to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. A taped segment was shown on McGraw's show in which one of the suspects in the case made incriminating statements. However, the tape's authenticity has been disputed by experts. [2]


McGraw announced the formation of the Dr. Phil Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood obesity[3], on October 22, 2003.


McGraw was married to Debbie Higgins McCall from 1970 to 1973. He married Robin Jameson in 1976, and they have two sons, Jay (1979) and Jordan (1986). Jay McGraw has partially followed in his father's footsteps, publishing books aimed at teenagers based on Dr. Phil's books and working for his father's production company, Stage 29. Jordan is currently a sophomore at Southern Methodist University and is pursuing his interests in music.


Criticisms and controversies

The Making of Dr. Phil, a book by Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez, accuses McGraw of unethical business practices and courtroom theatrics, exploiting his guests with a brand of "pop psychology", and having an affair with one of his clients. Reviewers of the book accuse the authors of "gutter press" tactics and unfair criticism; detractors accuse McGraw of hypocrisy.


Ethical violation in Texas

After being reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for an "inappropriate dual relationship" with a therapy client in 1988, McGraw was required to take ethics classes in order to continue his private practice in Texas. McGraw admits to giving the client a job at his office (which is not allowed) but denied carrying on a sexual relationship with the 19 year old, who says their relationship was both sexual and stupid.[4] He did not complete the required classes and instead went on to found Courtroom Sciences, Inc, a consulting firm that provides advice to law firms in making psychological arguments. Oprah Winfrey's legal team hired the firm in 1996 to help fight a lawsuit from cattle ranchers.


Psychological approach

Dr. McGraw can be a polarizing figure. His technique, which differs considerably from traditional psychology, has been criticized by those inside and outside the profession, but he maintains a loyal fan base and there certainly appears to be a market for his brand of self-help. He also has a considerable cult following. McGraw, like Dr. Laura, does not emphasize discovering the cause of emotional distress earlier in life, and instead focuses on behavior modification therapy — that is, changing a behavior without necessarily investing time in discovering the cause of an unwanted behavior. In Psychology Today journalist Pamela Paul writes that McGraw "knows what's best and he's not afraid to tell you. Dr. Phil issues counsel as marching orders." [5] To date there have been no scientific studies validating or invalidating the long-term effectiveness of his technique.



In 2003, McGraw entered the weight-loss business, selling shakes, energy bars, and supplements. These products' labels, which carried the brand name "Shape Up", stated: "These products contain scientifically researched levels of ingredients that can help you change your behavior to take control of your weight." Facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Shape Up's claims, McGraw pulled his supplements off the market in March 2004, and the FTC dropped its probe.[6] In October 2005, several people who used McGraw's products declared an intent to file a class-action lawsuit against him, claiming that although the supplements cost $120 per month they did not stimulate weight loss.


Erroneous medical advice

In January 2006, in a segment titled "Extreme Disorders", Dr. Phil's show presented inaccurate information about the treatment of two neurological conditions (Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome). Information from Quackwatch and the American Psychiatric Association suggest that the information Dr. Phil and his guest, Dr. Hipskind, gave about the usefulness of brain imaging for treatment and diagnosis of these conditions was not only wrong, but possibly dangerous. Various advocacy organizations, such as NAMI, and others representing persons with ADHD, OCD, Tourette syndrome and autism have taken issue with Dr. Phil's information about neuropsychiatric conditions.



McGraw is 6 ft 2 and a quarter in (1.90 m) tall[citation needed].

He was once commonly referred to as the "leg doctor."

He was ranked 4th on thephoenix.com's list of the "100 unsexiest men in the world." [7]

McGraw is scheduled to guest star in the Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror XVII.

He is an avid tennis player, golfer and scuba diver[8]

He is the father in law of 1998 Playboy Playmate Erica Dahm.



Family First (2004) ISBN 0743264932

Family First Workbook

Getting Real (Audio: 2001) ISBN 1561709328

Life Strategies (1999) ISBN 0786865482

Life Strategies Workbook

Love Smart (2005) ISBN 0743272099

Relationship Rescue (2000) ISBN 0786866314

Relationship Rescue Workbook

Self Matters (2001) ISBN 074322423X

Self Matters Companion

The Ultimate Weight Solution (2003) ISBN 0743236742

The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook

Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide

Unauthorised biography: The Making of Dr. Phil by Sophia Dembling, Lisa Gutierrez (2003) ISBN 047146726X


Foreword to The ADD Answer by Dr Frank Lawlis (2004) ISBN 0670033367


Catch phrases

"What you thinking monkey?"

"Get reallly high!"

"This is gonna be a changing day for your momma!"

"You can't change what you cant know."

"Ya think your high enough?!" (Sarcastic response to a guest finally recognizing the obvious.)

"That retard cant feel your hits" (In response to weak excuses.)

"How's that workin' for your laxy self?"

"It aint about you it is about me!"


References in pop culture

Dr. Fill was a spoof of Dr. Phil in a commercial about Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar, a seafood restaurant in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina complete with catchphrases.

Dr. Will on Comedy Central

In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "Ask Zack," when Darlene takes Shirley's (a.k.a. Zack) advice to date Zack, she tells him that she can open up to him, to which Zack responds, "just think of me as Dr. Phil with hair."

In the video game, Duke Nukem: Waiting For Forever, Dr. Phil was featured in the beginning sequence, interviewing Duke Nukem

Dr. Feel Up On You on Wild 'N Out on MTV.

Dr. Phil appeared in the opening scene of Scary Movie 4, spoofing the thriller Saw.

Dr. Phil appeared on an episode of Frasier.

Dr. Phyllis, an obvious parody of Dr. Phil, is mocked when Drake and Josh in Drake & Josh go to Dr. Phyllis to patch their relationship after a big fight. The parody was also used in a Brandy and Mr. Whiskers episode.

On The Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman showed short clips from the TV series called "Dr. Phil's Words of Wisdom." It would feature Dr. Phil delivering a one-liner, taken extremely out of context, making him look like a foolish or demoralizing person.

A Muppet character called Dr. Feel appears on Sesame Street.

The show was spoofed during a scene where R.J. and the forest friends flip channels on the HDTV set in the film Over the Hedge.

Dr. Phil/Oprah spoofs on various episodes of MADtv on Comedy Central.

Dr. Phil is parodied in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on its soundtrack as the host of a show called "Heartland Values with Nurse Bob"

In Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon) notices one of his 'self-help' books in a bookstore and comments "Yeah, like I need his advice!"

Dr. Phil was portrayed by Dr. Bill on Arthur.

In the last The Fairly OddParents movie, "The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators", Wanda calls the villian a genius and super-powerful- and Cosmo remarks, "Just like Dr. Phil!"

Comedian Patrice O'Neal regularly gives relationship advice on the Opie and Anthony Radio Show as Black Phillip.

In Friends, Chandler asks Monica whether she watched the Dr Phil he taped for her.

On The BOB & TOM Show, a voice impersonator playing Dr. Phil frequently makes telephone calls to the radio program.

Dr. Phil is quoted on Stargate SG-1 (during "Counterstrike")


Brief filmography

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Treehouse of Horror XVII From TV Simpsons (2006)


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