A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Friday honoring Emmy-nominated talk show host Phil McGraw.
Actor/writer/producer/director Tyler Perry and country singer Ronnie Dunn are set to join McGraw in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Eastown apartment complex on Hollywood Boulevard.
The star is the 2,688th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.
Born in Vinita, Oklahoma, on September 1, 1950 the son of an oil field equipment supplier-turned-psychologist, McGraw played middle linebacker for the University of Tulsa before transferring to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
McGraw received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas, then practiced clinical psychology and developed one of the nation’s first multi-modal protocols for the treatment of chronic pain.
In 1990, McGraw co-founded the legal consulting firm Courtroom Sciences, Inc. His work at CSI inspired the CBS drama “Bull,” which McGraw co-created and on which he is an executive producer.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey hired McGraw’s firm to prepare her for what became known as the Amarillo Texas beef trial, where she and a guest on her show were sued under Texas’ food disparagement law for comments about beef in relation to mad cow disease.
Following Winfrey’s victory in the case, she invited McGraw to appear on her show. His appearance led to weekly appearances as a relationship and life strategy expert beginning in 1998.
McGraw’s eponymous talk show, “Dr. Phil,” made its debut in 2002, initially co-produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. It is now produced by McGraw’s Peteski Productions and CBS Television Distribution.
“Dr. Phil” has been the top-rated daytime talk show for the last seven years. It has received 29 Emmy nominations, including nine for outstanding talk show and four for McGraw as outstanding talk show host.
The show has won five PRISM Awards for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction, and a media award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
McGraw was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2015.
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