Tim McGraw is primarily known for being the voice behind hit country songs such as “Humble and Kind,” “Live Like You Were Dying,” and “I Like It, I Love It.” But he’s also known for acting in some pretty successful productions.
McGraw recently took on what may be the biggest role of his entire life. In August 2021, it was announced that he and his wife Faith Hill were cast as the characters James and Margaret Dutton in the Yellowstone prequel series 1883. Their characters have been called the patriarch and the matriarch of the main series’ Dutton family, led by Kevin Costner‘s John Dutton.
To celebrate McGraw’s role in 1883, we wanted to take a look back at five of his standout roles from the past. Hopefully you enjoy taking this walk down memory lane with us!
1. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday Night Lights was only the second movie McGraw ever acted in. He played Charles Billingsley, the father of the football team’s fullback Don Billingsley.
Charles won a state championship when he played football in high school, so he places a great deal of pressure on his son to excel in football as well.
McGraw was praised for his performance as Charles, and earned a nomination at the MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Breakthrough Performance.
2. Flicka (2006)
The 2006 movie Flicka was based on the 1941 children’s novel My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara. Tim played Robert “Rob” McLaughlin in the film, who is the father of the main character Katherine “Katy” McLaughlin.
Katy has dreams of one day running Rob’s horse ranch, but he wants her brother to be in charge instead. One summer, Katy encounters a wild mustang she names Flicka, and tries to tame her. She and Rob clash many times before Rob finally comes to better understand his daughter by the end of the movie.
McGraw also served as the executive producer of Flicka‘s soundtrack, which included his Top 10 hit “My Little Girl.” The song was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award.
3. Four Christmases (2008)
McGraw tried his hand at a comedy movie when he appeared in this 2008 holiday film starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. He played Dallas McVie, the brother of Vaughn’s character Bradford ‘Brad’ McVie.
While McGraw was part of a large ensemble cast in this film, he made a lasting impression because of how hilarious he was!
4. The Blind Side (2009)
Perhaps McGraw’s most noteworthy acting role thus far, The Blind Side follows football player Michael Oher as he develops a bond with his adoptive family, the Tuohys.
McGraw played the father of the family, Sean. Sean’s wife, Leigh Anne, was portrayed by Sandra Bullock.
The Blind Side grossed $309 million. McGraw and the rest of the cast earned great acclaim for creating such a heartwarming movie.
5. Country Strong (2010)
McGraw played James Canter in this musical drama. Gwyneth Paltrow played his wife, Kelly, a country music singer with a troubled past. James tries to take control of Kelly’s life and career so he can set her on a better path, but doesn’t succeed.
This was one emotional film, and fans were in awe of how McGraw handled his role.
McGraw also sang on the soundtrack. He performed the song “Me and Tennessee” with Paltrow, which you can hear below.
We love watching all of these movies, so it’s hard for us to say which one we like the best!
Do you have a favorite film in this list? Let us know which one it is!