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Also Known As: Phil Mcgraw, Dr. Phil Died:
Born: September 1, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Texas, USA Profession: television host, psychologist, life strategist, litigation consultant

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Psychologist Phil McGraw-known to millions as Dr. Phil-has used his blunt, no-nonsense approach to shame guests on his hit syndicated show, "Dr. Phil" (2002- ), into getting real and healing themselves. Never one to promise easy cures by the end of his hour-long program, McGraw has made a point of telling viewers and guests that he's providing a wake-up call to their problems. McGraw has been called a great many things-arrogant, aggressive, controversial, confident, irreproachable, and authoritative-but never ingratiating. In his meteoric rise to the top of the daytime talk circuit-his mentor and producer Oprah Winfrey has been the only one to beat him in the ratings-Dr. Phil has dispensed his tough love to millions of adoring fans who hang on his every word, nod obediently, and could care less about his checkered past, making him "America's Favorite Therapist."

Psychologist Phil McGraw-known to millions as Dr. Phil-has used his blunt, no-nonsense approach to shame guests on his hit syndicated show, "Dr. Phil" (2002- ), into getting real and healing themselves. Never one to promise easy cures by the end of his hour-long program, McGraw has made a point of telling viewers and guests that he's providing a wake-up call to their problems. McGraw has been called a great many things-arrogant, aggressive, controversial, confident, irreproachable, and authoritative-but never ingratiating. In his meteoric rise to the top of the daytime talk circuit-his mentor and producer Oprah Winfrey has been the only one to beat him in the ratings-Dr. Phil has dispensed his tough love to millions of adoring fans who hang on his every word, nod obediently, and could care less about his checkered past, making him "America's Favorite Therapist."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Love the Beast (2009)
3.
 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
4.
 Secrets of Extreme Makeover (2004) Psychologist/Weight Loss Expert
7.
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After graduation McGraw went into private practice with his father
1985:
Founded Pathways, the popular self-motivation seminars
1989:
Co-founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service trial sciences firm, which helped high-profile trial lawyers to build airtight cases using psychology
1996:
Met Oprah Winfrey when she hired CSI and McGraw to help with her case against the Texas beef industry; made first appeared on the victory episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
1998:
Began making regular appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
2002:
Launched his own nationally syndicated series, "Dr. Phil"; earned two daytime Emmy nominations in 2003 and 2004
2003:
Played Himself on "Fraiser" (NBC) in an episode titled "The Devil & Dr. Phil"
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Education

University of Tulsa: Tulsa , Oklahoma -
Midwestern State University: Wichita Falls , Texas -
University of North Texas: Denton , Texas - 1972
University of North Texas: Denton , Texas - 1972

Notes

Dr. Phil McGraw was named one of People magazine's "Most Intriguing People of 2002"

In 2004 the children's TV series "Sesame Street" introduced the puppet "Dr. Feel" in his honor.

"People would want to sit there and talk to you for six months, and a lot of times I would figure in the first hour that they just wanted to rent a friend. I'd be sitting there saying, 'You know, here's your problem: you're a jerk'"---Dr. Phil on being a therapist to Newsweek, September 2, 2002.

"People are used to being coddled. It's so much easier to tell people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear."---Dr. Phil to Newsweek, September 2, 2002.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters" Hyperion
"Relationship Rescue: A Seven Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner" Hyperion
"Self-Matters: Creating Your Life From the Inside Out" Simon & Schuster
"Family First" The Free Press
"The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook: Recipes for Weight Loss Freedom" The Free Press
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