Sunday, March 14, 2010

Good Bye Peter Graves

Peter Graves
March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010

Film and television actor Peter Graves passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010. Graves was born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1926. By the age of 16 he became a radio announcer and after spending two years in the Air Force, studied drama at the University of Minnesota before moving to Hollywood. He made his film debut in “Rogue River” in 1951 before being in Billy Wilder's “Stalag 17 .”

Switching between films and appearing on television he became renown for playing Jim Phelps in “Mission: Impossible.” Graves would go on to play Captain Clarence Oveur, the pilot in “Airplane!

In later years he had a small part in the “Mission: Impossible” revival series and as host of “Biography.” Graves died of a heart attack at his house in the coastal suburb of Pacific Palisades. He had returned home after attending a family brunch to celebrate his upcoming birthday on Thursday. He was 83 years of age.

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