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Also Known As: Samuel Timothy Smith Died:
Born: May 1, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Delhi, Louisiana, USA Profession: singer, actor

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aig Wiseman. An accompanying music video showed footage of the elder McGraw pitching the final strike of the Philliesâ¿¿ 1980 World Series win, and the song would go on to win the CMAâ¿¿s accolade for top single of 2004. It also proved a multimedia breakout year, with McGraw teaming up with rap artist Nelly on the solemn ballad "Over and Over," which would vault them to the top of pop, rap and adult contemporary radio formats; and making his first appearance in features films. He played a rural sheriff in the indie drama "Black Cloud" (2004) and, in the high school football opus "Friday Night Lights" (2004), raised critical eyebrows as an emotionally abusive redneck father attempting to relive his glory days through his son. McGrawâ¿¿s affiliation with football would continue as the next year he would be asked to adapt "I Like It, I Love It" to "Monday Night Football" (ABC/ESPN, 1970- ) with different iterations of the song with lyrics specific to the top highlights of each weekâ¿¿s NFL games, and he also took a minority ownership position in the Nashville franchise of the NFLâ¿¿s developmental minor league, the Arena Football League.In the wake of Hurricane Katrinaâ¿¿s destruction of the U.S. Gulf...

aig Wiseman. An accompanying music video showed footage of the elder McGraw pitching the final strike of the Philliesâ¿¿ 1980 World Series win, and the song would go on to win the CMAâ¿¿s accolade for top single of 2004. It also proved a multimedia breakout year, with McGraw teaming up with rap artist Nelly on the solemn ballad "Over and Over," which would vault them to the top of pop, rap and adult contemporary radio formats; and making his first appearance in features films. He played a rural sheriff in the indie drama "Black Cloud" (2004) and, in the high school football opus "Friday Night Lights" (2004), raised critical eyebrows as an emotionally abusive redneck father attempting to relive his glory days through his son. McGrawâ¿¿s affiliation with football would continue as the next year he would be asked to adapt "I Like It, I Love It" to "Monday Night Football" (ABC/ESPN, 1970- ) with different iterations of the song with lyrics specific to the top highlights of each weekâ¿¿s NFL games, and he also took a minority ownership position in the Nashville franchise of the NFLâ¿¿s developmental minor league, the Arena Football League.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrinaâ¿¿s destruction of the U.S. Gulf Coast in August 2005, McGraw and Hill became two of the more outspoken stars in the entertainment communityâ¿¿s response to the disaster. Though the couple had largely maintained non-specific political beliefs in the public eye, the federal governmentâ¿¿s calamitous mismanagement of the relief of New Orleans prompted Hill and McGraw to break with Nashville tradition and risk alienation of their Red State fandom as they publicly derided the sitting Republican president, George W. Bush, only a few years after the industry and country radio declared The Dixie Chicks persona non grata for their dissent against the Iraq war. In the spring of 2006, the couple embarked on their Soul2Soul II Tour, a 55-city circuit that would take in revenues of $89 million and become the top-grossing country music tour ever; they would donate the profits from the New Orleans stop to Katrina relief funds. The year 2006 also saw McGraw score his first feature film lead with "Flicka," based on the Mary Oâ¿¿Hara childrenâ¿¿s book My Friend Flicka, in which he played a headstrong rancher forced to accommodate his differences with his adolescent daughter as she comes of age by way of domesticating a wild mustang. McGraw, who executive produced the filmâ¿¿s soundtrack and contributed the track "My Little Girl," again won generally positive reviews. He returned to movies the next year with a small part in the political actioner, "The Kingdom" (2007), in between releasing his 11th album Let It Go and supporting it with another tour with Hill, followed by his first solo tour in years, starting in May 2008.

It was on that latter trip, when during a July show in Auburn, WA, that McGraw made headlines by personally intervening in a scuffle in his audience after witnessing a man hit a woman. McGraw then assisted security in yanking the instigator up onto the stage and seeing him forcibly ejected before continuing the song. Also in 2008, he inked a deal with fragrance-maker Coty to market cologne, dubbed "McGraw by Tim McGraw." In October, he made an appearance at game 3 of the 2008 World Series in the Philadelphia Philliesâ¿¿ new home, Citizenâ¿¿s Bank Park, where he spread some of his fatherâ¿¿s ashes on the pitcherâ¿¿s mound. Off the Red State fence since Hurricane Katrina, the famous couple publicly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. A year later, McGraw netted his most prominent movie role to date in "The Blind Side," the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American teenager adopted by a wealthy white family in Memphis, TN, headed by an amicable Christian couple (McGraw and Sandra Bullock) â¿¿ both of whom help turn around his scholastic career and realize his potential to play football. Bullock went on to win the Best Actress Academy Award, which brought even more attention to the feel-good film. Continuing an unrelenting stream of successful projects in every genre, McGraw released his next album, Southern Comfort, in October 2009.orly. The look would match his early music: largely tepid, overwrought ballads, and mild-mannered honky tonk, all written by other songwriters and produced and instrumented by professional musicians in glossy Nashville fashion. In 1994, he scored five hits off his second record Not a Moment Too Soon, one of them, "Indian Outlaw," stirring the ire of Native American groups for its clumsy stereotyping. The album nevertheless proved to be McGrawâ¿¿s breakthrough, charting for 26 weeks on Billboardâ¿¿s country music chart and topping the genre in sales for the year. It also earned McGraw the Academy of Country Musicâ¿¿s Album of the Year award. His follow-up record, All I Want, went multi-platinum the following year, highlighted by the commercial-friendly chart-topping hit "I Like It, I Love It." Also in 1995, he met beautiful country songstress, Faith Hill. Hitting it off like a house on fire, the photogenic couple toured together throughout the next year in the appropriately titled Spontaneous Combustion Tour. By the time the tour wound down, the relationship had evolved into more than just a professional one. They wed in the fall, becoming major magazine fodder in the process.

Under fashion-plate Hillâ¿¿s influence, McGraw would become even more of a cover boy. He modernized his image, trimmed his hair and opted for a goatee, his clothes darker-hued, designer-labeled and tighter to show off his increasingly buff build â¿¿ affecting the look that would later prompt haute couture magazine W to dub him the first country music "metrosexual." He and Hill had the first of three daughters the next year, and they cemented the nuptials in the public eye on McGrawâ¿¿s 1997 album, Everywhere, the first hit single of which was a duet by the couple, "Itâ¿¿s Your Love," which again topped the country charts, crossed over to the pop charts, and was nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration and Best Country Song at the 1998 Grammy Awards. The next year, their follow-up duet off Hillâ¿¿s album Faith, "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me," won them the Academy of Country Music Award for vocal collaboration. McGrawâ¿¿s roll continued with the triple-platinum 1999 album A Place In the Sun, which netted him CMA awards for Top Male Vocalist and Album. On a definite critical and popular roll, his smash Hill duet "Letâ¿¿s Make Love," off her Breathe album would win them the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration in early 2000, even as they embarked upon the tandem Soul2Soul Tour of 64 arenas across the U.S. â¿¿ the stop in Buffalo proving eventful when McGraw and fellow crooner Kenny Chesney ran afoul of the law when Chesney tried to mount a police horse and McGraw tried to intercede when cops tried to arrest him. The next year, his winning record continued with Set This Circus Down, four singles from which would top the Billboard country chart. Emboldened, he broke with Nashville orthodoxy to make his next record, eschewing studio hands in favor of his road band, the Dancehall Doctors, on the aptly named album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctor, with its top single "Real Good Man" once again topping country charts.

In 2003, Tug McGraw was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He defied doctorsâ¿¿ prognoses, living another nine months, spending his final days in a guest-cabin on Tim and Faithâ¿¿s Tennessee estate, dying in early 2004. The younger McGraw dedicated his next record, Live Like You Were Dying, to his father; the title track in particular â¿¿the story of a dying middle-aged man who takes on adventures he always wanted to do and treats people better â¿¿ framed as an homage to Tugâ¿¿s carpe diem lifestyle, though written by songwriters Tim Nichols and Cr

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Shack, The (2016)
2.
 Tomorrowland (2015)
3.
 Dirty Girl (2011)
4.
 Country Strong (2010)
5.
 Blind Side, The (2009)
6.
 Four Christmases (2008)
7.
 Kingdom, The (2007)
8.
 Eureka (2007)
9.
 Flicka (2006) Cast
10.
 Friday Night Lights (2004) Charles Billingsley
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1990:
Signed with Curb Records
1992:
Had his first minor hit with "Welcome to the Club," off his self-titled debut album
1994:
Released second album, <i>Not a Moment Too Soon</i>
1995:
First acting appearance was in an episode of "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," where he played Foxworthy's rival
1997:
Released the album, <i>Everywhere</i>
1999:
Collaborated with wife Faith Hill for the song "Let's Make Love," off her album, <i>Breathe</i>
2001:
Released seventh album, <i> Set This Circus Down</i>
2004:
Played a sheriff in Rick Schroder's independent release, "Black Cloud"
2004:
Played the overbearing father of a running back in the Texas high school football drama, "Friday Night Lights"; directed by Peter Berg
2004:
Released the album, <i>Live Like You Were Dying</i>; the title track was dedicated to his father Tug McGraw who died of a brain tumor
2006:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2006:
First lead role in a film, "Flicka"
2006:
Toured with wife Hill in the 55 city tour, "Soul2Soul II"
2007:
Had a small part in the Peter Berg-directed, "The Kingdom"
2008:
Played Vince Vaughn¿s brother in "Four Christmases"
2009:
Released twelfth studio album, <i>Southern Voice</i>
2009:
Portrayed Sean Tuohy in the film adaptation of "The Blind Side"; based on the 2006 book by Michael Lewis
2010:
Portrayed Gwyneth Paltrow's husband/manager in "Country Strong"
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