Phillip McGraw

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Real name

Phillip Calvin McGraw


TV personality, TV show host, author, ex-psychologist

Birth Date

September 1, 1950


73 years

Zodiac Sign



Vinita, Oklahoma, United States


Shawnee Mission North High School, University of Tulsa, Midwestern State University, University of North Texas



Phillip McGraw family members

Father's Name

Dr. Joseph J. McGraw

Mother's Name

Geraldine McGraw

Siblings names

Deana McGraw (older sister), Donna Madsen (older sister), Brenda Watters (younger sister)

Is Phillip McGraw a gay/bisexual?


What is Phillip McGraw marital status?


Who is Phillip McGraw wife?

Robin Jo Jameson

When did get married?


How many children does he have?

2 (sons Jay McGraw and Jordan McGraw)

Phillip McGraw wife

Robin Jo Jameson (wife)

Robin Jo Jameson  wife  Phillip McGraw


Date of birth: December 28, 1953

Dr. Phil is one of the most famous and highest-paid people in the world. What a woman stands behind his back and supports him? That’s his wife of many years, big love and soulmate Robin Jo Jameson, also known under the name Robin McGraw.

Hey met in 1973, when Phil was in the middle of the divorce process with his first wife. They started dating and finally tied a knot in 1976. Since then they live happily together. Phil and Robin parented two sons.

Mrs. McGraw was born in California but was raised in Oklahoma. She grew up with a twin brother and three sisters. Robin attended Duncan High School.

She met Phil in the early 1970s, and he hadn’t yet become popular at that time. And she put lots of effort to help him achieve his career goals. Besides, she built her skincare brand, released several books, and appeared in her husband’s TV show “The Talk”. She also featured on the show “Entertainment Tonight”.

Debbie Higgins McCall (ex-wife)

Date of birth: 1951

Date of death: September 14, 2014

Phillip McGraw went down the aisles for the first time at the age of 20. He tied a knot with his school love and local beauty queen Debbie Higgins. Their marriage was dissolute after three years of family life. It was rumored, the reason was Phil’s infidelity.

After that Debbie re-married Tony Burasco. She became a mother of two. The woman died from cancer in 2014.

Phillip McGraw kids

Jay McGraw (son)

Jay McGraw son Phillip McGraw

Date of birth: September 12, 1979

Dr. Phil has two sons, and each of them is talented and successful. Jay, the older one, is a writer and producer. He has founded the television producing company “Stage 29 Productions”.

Jay comes from Texas. There he attended Greenhill School. After graduation, he moved his way to the University of Texas, where he majored in Psychology. Now he uses his knowledge to help other people solve their personal and family problems. Jay hosted the TV show “Renovate My Family” at Fox channel. Within the show, he helped the families with some problems to renovate their homes and their relationships at the same time. Later he produced the talk show “The Doctors”.

Despite his screen and writing projects, Jay remains a doting father and husband. He is married to an actress and ex-Playboy star Erica Dahm, with whom they have a son and a daughter.

Jordan McGraw (son)

Jordan McGraw son Phillip McGraw


Date of birth: October 21, 1986

Jordan is the second son of Robin and Phil. Unlike his relatives, he chose another path and didn’t connect his life with psychology. Jordan has become a professional musician. Mostly he is known as the guitarist and vocalist of the band “Hundred Handed”.

In his childhood, Jordan was a music lover. At the age of 15, he learned to play the guitar and at the age of 25 he became the constant member of the rock band “Stars in Stereo”.

Now he joins his playing for the “Hundred Handed” band with collaboration with other cult groups. Thus, he was invited by Jonas Brothers to participate in their “Happiness Begins Tour”.

As for his personal life, during many years Jordan has been in relationships with the photographer Ragan Wallake.

Who are Phillip McGraw parents?

Dr. Joseph J. McGraw (father)

Date of birth: April 1, 1924

Date of death: August 22, 1993

Dr. Phil is very close to his sons, and he never gets tired to tell, that he put lots of effort to be a good father. And he always tried to be a great son.

Dr. Joseph J. McGraw started his career as an equipment supplier and later turned into a psychologist. He took it from his dad.

Mr. McGraw passed away in the early 1990s. The reason for his death was heart disease. Joseph strongly believed in his son’s success and predicted, that Phil would become famous. And after his father’s death, McGraw met Oprah Winfrey, and she invited him to her show.

In one of his interviews, the psychologist confessed, that his father had problems with alcohol. Nevertheless, he remained his role model and his idol.

Geraldine McGraw (mother)

Date of birth: October 19, 1924

Date of death: August 22, 1993

Dr. Phil’s mother passed away in 2011. Then the famous psychologist Dr. Phil shared a post on social media, where he told that his mom joined his dad again. He added that they knew each other since the 2nd grade and were married for more than 50 years.

Geraldine grew up in Texas the family of John and Willie Stevens. With her husband Joseph, she brought up three daughters and a son Dr. Phil. Her son told, that his mother was a real fighter. She learned to walk again after breaking her hips. Besides, she struggled with cancer for many years. At the age of 86, she passed away. Till now Phil misses her strength and optimism.

Phillip McGraw siblings

Deana McGraw (older sister)

Deana McGraw sister Phillip McGraw


Date of birth: January 15, 1943

Date of death: January 16, 2018

Deana was not just Phil’s sister, but also his friend and his supporter. She collaborated with him on his weight loss project.

She was born in Haskell County, Texas, and was the oldest girl in Joseph and Geraldine’s family. She told, that she was always proud of her brother, who had a great influence on people’s minds, and he used it to help them. She suffered from extra weight and diabetes, and she called her brother and asked him for help. He gave her a treadmill and then helped her to reconsider her eating habits. Deana reached some success in losing her weight – she got rid of 17 pounds.

Deana, who appeared on her brother’s show once, earned her living as a nurse. She was married to C.J. Prater and they had two daughters. She passed away in 2018.

Donna Madsen (older sister)

Date of birth: February 28, 1947

Donna Jo McGraw-Madsen is Phil’s second oldest sister. She resides in Dallas, Texas. The woman graduated from the University of North Texas. She is married and has two sons. Donna has already become a grandmother.

Brenda Watters (younger sister)

Date of birth: 1954

Brenda C. McGraw is Phil’s youngest sister. Since 1974 she has been married to Douglas G. Watters. Unfortunately, not much is known about her private life.


Phillip McGraw, who is more recognized under the name “Dr. Phil”, is an ex-psychologist and TV personality. He is an author of several psychological bestsellers, the holder of a doctorate in this science and ex-Oprah Winfrey Show participant.

He was born and raised in North Texas in a big American family. His father worked at the oilfields, he was an equipment specialist, but his dream was to become a psychologist. Later he learned this trade and fulfilled his dream.

Phil graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School. He played for the school football team and got a scholarship, which he used to enter the University of Tulsa. But his team lost with a crushing score. After that, he left the university and changed the flow of his life. He entered Midwestern State University and got a degree in psychology. He put lots of effort to help other people to find the right life strategy, to cope with obesity, and solve other important personal problems. He gained wide popularity after his numerous appearances on television – in the shows “Dr. Phil” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

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