Peter Graves – 1926-2010

Peter Graves, best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the series Mission: Impossible, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, about a week shy of his 84th birthday.

Normally cast as a hero, he turned in an unforgettable performance early in his career as the treacherous Nazi spy in Billy Wilder’s 1953 prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17.  He also masterfully lampooned his straight-arrow image when he portrayed bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 disaster movie spoof Airplane!  Graves appeared in dozens of films and a handful of television shows in a career of nearly 60 years.

Our condolences go out tonight to his wife, children, family, friends, and co-workers.

One Response to “Peter Graves – 1926-2010”

  1. I had the privledge of Mr. Graves @ The Hollywood Show. He was kind,gracious, and a wonderful man. It was an honor meeting him. My prayers to his family. Thank you, Sally Hogan

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