Tim McGraw is a Grammy-winning country artist and sometime actor with 23 chart-topping country albums and more than 40 million albums sold. He and wife Faith Hill are one of country music's royal couples, and together they have led successful joint national tours.
The son of baseball player Tug McGraw, a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, the younger McGraw won a baseball scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University and later attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Fla., before dropping out to become a musician.
McGraw released his self-titled debut in 1992, and included the minor hits “Memory Lane" and “Welcome to the Club.” His next album, 1994's “Not a Moment Too Soon,” was a huge country hit, and its controversial “Indian Outlaw” his first top 10 country single. The album's title track and “Don't Take the Girl” were his first No. 1 hits. The album topped the Billboard pop album chart and sold more than 6 million copies.
His next three albums — 1995's “All I Want,” 1997's “Everywhere” and 1999's “A Place in the Sun” — were also multi-platinum crossover hits.
For his 1996 Spontaneous Combustion Tour, the opening act was singer Faith Hill. They met on the tour, began dating and were married Oct. 6, 1996. Together, they recorded the duets “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” and “Let's Make Love,” both appearing on Hill albums in the late-'90s.
In 2000, the couple launched the first of their joint Soul2Soul tours, selling out nearly all of its 65 dates. McGraw and Kenny Chesney were arrested at a tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y., when police mistakenly believed the country stars were stealing a mounted police horse. Charges were dropped.
The same year, McGraw released his 6 million-selling “Greatest Hits.”
His 2002 album “Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors” was recorded in Scotland with his longtime touring band rather than session players. McGraw and Hill launched the second Soul2Soul tour in 2006, with proceeds from the New Orleans concert donated for Hurricane Katrina relief. They toured again in 2007, in what McGraw announced would likely be their last joint tour together.
McGraw began dabbling in acting with a 1995 appearance on “The Jeff Foxworthy Show.” He had a supporting role in “Black Cloud,” a 2004 movie drama about a Navajo boxer directed by Rick Schroder. He played a football coach the same year in “Friday Night Lights.” In 2006, he costarred in “Flicka” and in 2009 had a lead role alongside Sandra Bullock as adoptive parents in the hit Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side.”
In 2008, McGraw expressed unhappiness with his label's decision to release “Greatest Hits 3” without his direct involvement and only two years after “Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2.” He scored his 23rd No. 1 album in 2009 with “Southern Voice.”
He got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.