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William Franklin Graham Jr., was born on the 7th November 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA of Scottish descent. He is a preacher, considered to be the father of American evangelism. Billy Graham is the first television preacher, who rose to the fame for his preaching at New York’s Madison Square Garden arena. His sermons were delivered to 210 million people in 185 countries. He has written more than 30 books, most of which are best-sellers. Graham is ordained as a Southern Baptist minister.

How much is Billy Graham’s net worth? It has been estimated that his wealth is over $25 million, as of today.

 

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Billy was raised on a farm, near Charlotte, with his three siblings. He was educated at Sharon High School, then entered Bob Jones College, but dropped out of it to study at the Florida Bible Institute. While still studying he founded his own ministry, as he was ordained to be a pastor by the United Gospel Tabernacle. Meanwhile, Graham did his duties as a pastor in the First Baptist Church located in Western Springs, Illinois though he served there just from 1943 to 1944. However, the net worth and popularity of Billy Graham jumped after his appearances on the mass/media.

The pastor made his debut launching the radio program entitled “Songs In the Night” (1944–1945), however it was not successful, and due to the low ratings it was closed. Later, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded, which launched a number of television and radio programs, and released films which made the pastor not only famous but also rich; the association launched magazines too. Among the most significant works are the radio program “Hour of Decision” which was aired for more than 50 years on various radio stations all over the world; the magazines “Decision” and “Christianity Today” (1956–present) with a current circulation of 130,000; the website passageway.org created for youth, and more than 130 films produced by World Wide Pictures, the film production and distribution company founded by Graham in 1951.

The authority of Billy Graham was so great that he became the spiritual advisor for American presidents including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson as well as Richard Nixon. Billy Graham is the author of many books which became bestsellers. Among the most popular ones are “The Jesus Generation” (1971), “Angels: God’s Secret Agents” (1975, 1985), “How to Be Born Again” (1977), “Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham” (1997, 2007) and “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation” (2013).

As a very honourable person, Billy Graham is the recipient of various awards and honours, and it should be noted that he is annually listed and honoured in the Greatest Living American survey. Among the most important awards he has received are American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award (1965), Sylvanus Thayer Award from United States Military Academy Association of Graduates at West Point (1972), Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award (1983), Congressional Gold Medal the highest honour Congress can bestow on a private citizen (1996) and Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years (2001).

Last, but not the least, in the personal life of the pastor, Billy Graham married his high school sweetheart Ruth Bell in 1943, and they lived together for 64 years until her death in 2007; they had five children, among them Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Billy Graham is the grandfather of 19 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Score 2006 TV Movie as Dr. Billy Graham
The Ride 1997/I Voice on Radio (voice)
The Mighty Fortress 1955 Short Rev. Billy Graham
Oiltown, U.S.A. 1953 Billy Graham

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Graham Classic Crusades 2001 TV Series sermon - 2 episodes
Wiretapper 1955 sermon
The Mighty Fortress 1955 Short sermon

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Facing Darkness 2015 Documentary executive producer post-production
The Restless Ones 1965 executive producer
Souls in Conflict 1954 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take This Job and Shove It 1981 lyrics: "Beer Drinkin' Christian" / music: "Beer Drinkin' Christian"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meet the Press 1955-2013 TV Series Himself
My Hope America with Billy Graham 2013 TV Movie Himself
Dear Mister President 2006 Documentary short Himself
Thank You Billy Graham 2006 Video short Himself
Larry King Live 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
Billy Graham 2003 TV Series Himself
Billy Graham Classic Crusades 2001 TV Series Himself
Something to Sing About 2000 TV Movie Himself
The American President 2000 TV Series documentary James Garfield
A Vow to Cherish 1999 TV Movie Himself
George Beverly Shea: The Wonder of it All 1999 TV Movie Himself - Evangelist / Interviewee
The Homecoming 1996 Himself
Repeat Performance 1996 Himself
CNN Presents 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Reverend
Kathie Lee Gifford... Looking for Christmas 1994 TV Movie Himself
Crusade: The Life of Billy Graham 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Caught 1987 Himself (uncredited)
Candle in the Wind 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cry from the Mountain 1985 Himself
The Prodigal 1983 Himself
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business 1983 TV Movie Himself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1979 TV Series Himself - Rev. Graham
Hee Haw 1979 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1977-1979 TV Series Himself
Mickey's 50 1978 Documentary Himself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1978 TV Series Himself
Born Again 1978 Himself
The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry! 1977 TV Movie documentary Himself
New York, New York 1977 TV Series Himself
Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 TV Movie Himself
No Longer Alone 1976 Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope 1974 TV Special Himself (as Rev. Billy Graham)
The Merv Griffin Show 1969-1974 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Time to Run 1973 Himself (uncredited)
The David Frost Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Woody Allen Special 1969 TV Special documentary
Firing Line 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
Laugh-In 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Two a Penny 1967 Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
I'm Going to Ask You to Get Up Out of Your Seat 1966 TV Movie documentary Himself
For Pete's Sake 1966 Himself
The Restless Ones 1965 Himself
Man in the 5th Dimension 1964 Documentary Narrator
The Jack Paar Program 1963 TV Series Himself
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Rev. Billy Graham)
The Jack Benny Program 1963 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself (film)
Project XX 1961 TV Series documentary Himself
Shadow of the Boomerang 1960 Himself
What's My Line? 1960 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Heart Is a Rebel 1958 Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself / Himself - Evangelist
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Souls in Conflict 1954 Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951 TV Series Himself - Evangelist
Hour of Decision 1951 TV Series Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On the Record w/ Brit Hume 2014 TV Series Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - episode of Laugh-In
Hannity 2014 TV Series Himself
New World Order Bible Versions 2014 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Praise the Lord 2013 TV Series Himself
After the Tribulation 2012 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church 2012 Video documentary Himself
My Father and the Man in Black 2012 Documentary Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
War of the Gods 2010 Documentary Himself
Billy Graham: Forerunner for the Antichrist 2010 Video documentary Himself
Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America 2009 Documentary Himself
The Case for Faith 2008 Video documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
Billy Graham: God's Ambassador 2006 Video documentary Himself
Livin It: Unusual Suspects 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Weather Underground 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
60 Minutes 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Evangelist (segment "The Preacher's Daughter")
Fred: The Movie 2000 Documentary Himself
American Masters 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Everyman 1978-1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Come the Morning 1993 Himself (on TV)
Eye of the Storm 1992 Himself
Jack Paar Comes Home 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Himself
Vietnam: A Television History 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
Wiretapper 1955 Reverend Bill Graham (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio Awarded on October 15, 1989 at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Fact
1 His hobbies are: golfing, fishing, praying, traveling, spending time with his family, reading, origami, sewing, photography, philanthropy, magic tricks and playing games.
2 At his 65th birthday, one of his guests was his best friend, Robert H. Schuller, who after being invited, sat in the front row of distinguished guests. [7 November 1983].
3 Did not attend the funeral of his lifelong best friend's Robert H. Schuller, in California, due to his frailing health.
4 His son, Franklin Graham, was named after him, and his grandfather.
5 Met George Beverly Shea, in 1943, when he first sang for him on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night." Shea carried the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. Despite being nearly a decade apart, the two would be best friends for 70 years, until Shea's own death in 2013.
6 After one semester of Bob Jones College, he found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules. At this time, he was influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of the college, had warned him not to throw his life away.
7 The Billy Graham Library and Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina is dedicated. Former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attend. [31 May 2007].
8 Preaching runs in his family.
9 Prior to his retirement, and with substantial vision along with hearing loss, made a rare public appearance at the re-dedication of the renovated Billy Graham Library.
10 One of his daughters, Anne Graham Lotz, found her husband drowned in their pool. He was later taken to the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her husband and his son-in-law, Danny Lotz, had suffered from diabetes, beginning in 2009, who has been undergoing dialysis, until he passed away. [19 August 2015].
11 Was baptized at age 20, in Silver Lake, Florida.
12 Prior to his retirement, he spoke at the Metro Maryland Franklin Graham Festival, held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. [9 July 2006].
13 Graham stated that feminism was "an echo of our overall philosophy of permissiveness", and that women did not want to be "competitive juggernauts pitted against male chauvinists." He further stated that the role of wife, mother, and homemaker was the destiny of "real womanhood" according to the Judeo-Christian ethic. He was criticized by feminists as being part of a backlash for these statements. [1970].
14 He, along with his family, moved from about 75 yards (69 m) from their white frame house, to a newly-built red brick home in Charlotte, North Carolina, when in 1927, Graham was only 8-years-old.
15 The first non-musician and the oldest televangelist ever to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
16 Between 1947 and 2005, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents.
17 Served as the Founder of World Wide Pictures (founding dates vary from 1950-1952). To date, he has currently produced and distributed over 130 productions, translated into 46 languages. Most are short films shown in churches.
18 Was converted at age 15, during a series of revival meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina, led by Ham.
19 Was the first Protestant to receive an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic school.
20 Was hospitalized for 11 days for evaluation and treatment of intestinal bleeding. [18 August 2007].
21 As of 2005, he has repeatedly been on Gallup's list of Most Admired Men and Women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any other individual in the world.
22 Spoke at the memorial service following the Oklahoma City bombing. [1995].
23 During the Apartheid era, Graham consistently refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed integrated seating for audiences. During his first crusade there in 1973, he openly denounced apartheid. Graham also corresponded with imprisoned South African leader Nelson Mandela during the latter's 27-year sentence.
24 In 1924, when Billy was only 5, he focused on the outdoors, but rarely did he walk, he was running and zooming.
25 At 29, he resigned from Youth for Christ to focus on his studies at Northwestern University.
26 Was hospitalized for six days to replace a valve in a shunt designed to regulate brain pressure. [13 February 2008].
27 Graham is the first televangelist ever to become friends of the many U.S. Presidents, the second was his best friend Robert Schuller.
28 Founder of the magazine Christianity Today.
29 Founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which first headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1999.
30 Has preached to over 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.
31 He attended Sharon Grammar School.
32 His lifelong best friend Dr. Robert H. Schuller's television show, The Hour of Power (1970), was based on 'The Hour of Decision,' a radio show that was hosted by Graham, himself.
33 His sister, Catherine Graham McElroy, passed away on October 14, 2006, and lived to be 86.
34 He visited fellow pastor, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, in Anaheim, California, for a meeting to do a proposed Sunday Morning religious show for Graham's best buddy, which would eventually be called: The Hour of Power (1970), a show Schuller had hosted for 40 years, until his retirement in 2010.
35 Is the best-selling author of over 35 books.
36 Granduncle of Jeff, Kristi and Jamie.
37 Son of strict Presbyterians, William Franklin Graham, Sr., and Morrow Coffey Graham.
38 Before he was a successful televangelist, he worked briefly as a pastor of First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois.
39 His lifelong best friend's, Robert H. Schuller's son, Robert A. Schuller, attended Billy's 95th Birthday, at Graham's Evangelist Association, in Charlotte, North Carolina. [7 November 2013].
40 He came down very sick with mumps and went to Florida to recuperate. While there, his friend Torrey Johnson told him that he wanted to create Youth for Christ International, and wanted Graham to take a leading role. The Village Church accepted his resignation. He began preaching extensively, apparently mostly in the eastern half of the United States.
41 Uncle of John and Cathie.
42 During the Cold War, Graham became the first evangelist of note to speak behind the Iron Curtain, addressing large crowds in countries throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, calling for peace.
43 Became a minister since he was 19.
44 He is known to be a very private person.
45 Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to work for Mr. Corwin, as a preacher and a speaker in Tampa, Florida.
46 His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died on June 14, 2007, just 4 days after her 87th Birthday.
47 Retired as the presenter of The Billy Graham Crusades, in 2005, at age 86.
48 Was offered a five-year, $1 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals because of his prearranged commitments.
49 Between 1948 and 1987, Graham was the speaker at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
50 Had developed a close friendship with Martin Luther King, and that he was eventually one of the few people who referred to King as "Mike," a nickname which King asked only his closest friends to call him.
51 Of Scottish descent.
52 His very first evangelistic crusade took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
53 Grandfather of Jonathan, Tullian, Murrow, Rachel-Ruth, William Franklin, Roy, Edward and Jane.
54 Had lost his grandmother, Lucinda Coffey, when Graham was in elementary school, along with her sister. At that time, they were both called out of school.
55 Was born only 4 days before the armistice of World War I, and one year to the day after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.
56 Graduated from Sharon High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1936.
57 By him, one of his grandsons, Tulian married his wife, Kim.
58 Long lives run in his family.
59 The eldest of four children.
60 According to the biography "The Presidents and the Preacher," legendary producer Cecil D. DeMille originally offered the role of Samson in the epic Biblical classic Samson and Delilah to a young Billy Graham, then experiencing his first national fame as an evangelist. Graham turned the offer down flat, telling DeMille that he had no ambitions beyond his calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The director told Graham that he'd been certain that the young evangelist would refuse the offer, but that in actually doing so Graham had restored DeMille's faith.
61 Born on and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
62 Friends with: Robert H. Schuller, George Beverly Shea, Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker, Rex Humbard, Jimmy Swaggart, Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson, Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, James Dobson, James Robison, Jack Van Impe, Joyce Meyer, Marilyn Hickey, Morris Cerullo, John Osteen, Roger Williams, Frank Sinatra, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry, Evil Knievel, Phil McGraw, Mickey Rooney, Ruta Lee, Andy Williams, Chuck Norris and Della Reese.
63 Expressed a belief that William Friedkin's film "The Exorcist" was infused with evil.
64 Future Christian popular singers Michele Pillar and Michael O'Brien were childhood television heroes of Graham.
65 Lifelong friend of Robert H. Schuller for 69 years, from 1946 until his comrade's death in 2015. Despite being eight years Graham's junior, Schuller met him, when Graham came as a preacher from Minnesota, to deliver an evangelistic message at the Hope College Chapel in Holland, Michigan.
66 Release of his book, "Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham". [1997]
67 Lives in Montreat, North Carolina, in the same house he and his wife have lived in for over 50 years. Currently in the process of turning over his ministry to his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. [2006]
68 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
69 Has never allowed himself to be seen in public with any other woman, including his daughters, without wife Ruth Graham present.
70 Revealed in his autobiography the conversations he had with Mickey Cohen during the 1949 Graham crusade in Los Angeles. Cohen was a notorious Los Angeles-based racketeer who died of natural causes in 1976. At the time of the JFK assassination in 1963, Cohen was the boyfriend of a Texas-based stripper named Juanita Sahakian who knew Jack Ruby.
71 When briefly hospitalized late in 1976, President Gerald Ford, former President Richard Nixon and President-elect Jimmy Carter all visited him.
72 He and his wife were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
73 Is a registered Democrat, although he was considered politically conservative and was a close friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
74 Awarded an honorary knighthood by the British government in the New Years Honours List of 2002.
75 Apologized for his opinions on Jewish people and the news media, recorded on tape during conversations with President Richard Nixon at the White House thirty years ago. (3 March 2002).
76 He was close friends with Johnny Cash.
77 Has Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, fluid on the brain and uses a walker due to a pelvic fracture in 2004. He has also been hospitalized with pneumonia, which has damaged his lungs.
78 Harry S. Truman called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Singer Pat Boone considers him "the greatest man since Jesus".
79 When he was a young boy, his father cured him of drinking alcohol by bringing home a bottle of beer and making him drink every drop. His father then told him, "If anyone ever tries to make you drink, tell them you've already tried it and you didn't like it!"
80 Served as president of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1946 to 1949. To this day, he is the youngest person in U.S. history to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.
81 Met his wife, Ruth Graham, during seminary training at Wheaton College.
82 Has given prayer at inauguration of every U. S. President since Harry S. Truman. However, due to ill health he was unable to attend George W. Bush's first inauguration in 2001.
83 Father of: Franklin Graham, Ned, Bunny, Gigi and Anne Graham Lotz.
84 Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to worked as a Fuller Brush salesman to pay his way through college.
85 Attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina for one year, then transferred to Florida Bible Institute.
86 One of the most well-known Christian evangelists of the 20th century.

#Quote
1 [Who considers himself as a failure] I am the greatest failure of all men. I was too much with men and too little with God. I was too busy with business meetings and even conducting services. I should have been more with God, and people would've sensed God's presence about me when they were with me.
2 God loves homosexuals as much as anyone else. I think homosexuality is a sin, but no greater than idolatry and adultery. In my judgment, is not that big.
3 [focused on the Heart] Don't ever hesitate to take to [God] whatever is on your heart. He already knows it anyway, but He doesn't want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone.
4 [on Salvation] Is it not arrogance or narrow-mindedness to claim that there is only one way of salvation or that the way we follow is the right way? I think not. After all, do we fault a pilot for being narrow-minded when he follows the instrument panel [while] landing in a rainstorm? No, we want him to remain narrowly focused!
5 [on love] God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died it was God saying to the world - I love you.
6 We sometimes forget that some of the loneliest people in the world are those who are constantly in the public eye. They have spiritual needs like everyone else.
7 [9/11 sermon] The dead are in paradise and would not return to us if they could.
8 [on forgiveness] If His conditions are met, God is bound by His Word to forgive any man or any woman of any sin because of Christ.
9 [on church] Churchgoers are like coals of fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
10 [1993] Is AIDS a judgment of God? I could not say for sure, but I think so.

#Trademark
1 The song "Just As I Am" is played when people responde to the alter calls at the end of his Crusades
2 Sermons on salvation and God's love
3 Holds evangelic revival meetings, known as Crusades
4 Sometimes wears glasses
5 North Carolina accent
6 Long lectures about Jesus Christ


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