Phillip Calvin McGraw also is known as Dr. Phil is an American television personality, author, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil. He has a degree in clinical psychology but he practices psychological therapy in 2006. In the late 1990’s he rose to fame with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is the founder of Dr. Phil Foundation which funds organizations that help disadvantaged families and children. His net worth estimated to be $65.5 million.
Dr.Phil Early Life –
Phil was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, in the US (1st September 1950). His father and mother worked as an equipment supplier. His father wanted to become a psychologist which later he fulfilled. He has 3 sisters. He grew up in the oilfields of North Texas. He went to Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. At the University of Tulsa, he was got a football scholarship. Under coach Glenn Dobbs he played as a middle linebacker over there.
Phil did a BA in psychology from the Midwestern State University. From the University of North Texas, he did an MA in experimental psychology and a Ph. D. in clinical psychology.
Dr.Phil Career Life –
Initially, Phil joined his father in Wichita Falls, Texas and both together ran their private practice for a few years. He then joined Thelma Box (businesswoman from Texas) and both created the Pathways seminar. It was an experience-based training program and was a huge success. He co-founded Courtroom Sciences Inc with Gary Dobbs later in 1990. Later it became a profitable business and was named in Fortune 500. It helped injured plaintiffs in achieving settlements. Later he gave up his practice of psychology.
In 1999 Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters he published his bestselling book. He continued to publish many books which were best-selling books. He launched his own talk show, Dr. Phil after he became popular in Oprah Winfrey’s show. The show released on 16 September 2002. Based on his experience as a clinical and forensic psychologist he offers advice in the form of life strategies in the show. The show is a huge success. The show covers many topics like dysfunctional families, weight loss, unhappy marriages, financial planning, and autistic children.
Phil has played cemo roles in some TV shows, like Hannah Montana, Sesame Street, The Simpsons, Madea Goes to Jail, Scary Movie 4. He formed the Dr. Phil Foundation where he raises funds to fight childhood obesity.
Dr.Phil Personal Life –
Phil got married to Debbie Higgins McCall in 1970 but got separated after 3 years. Later he married Robin Jo Jameson and has two children.