Actor Peter Graves Dead at 83, His Mission Accepted and Then Some
March 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- Actor Peter Graves, 83, died Sunday of natural causes in the driveway of his home, after celebrating his upcoming birthday with his family. The ruggedly handsome actor, known for his star turn in the iconic 60s TV series “Mission Impossible,” will be missed. Graves played the role of Jim Phelps, the head of a shadowy team of secret agents, who received his weekly dangerous missions via an about to explode tape recorder, with the opening message: “Your mission, should you decide to accept it…”
Sandy Brokaw, Graves’ publicist said that the silver-haired actor collapsed, as he was walking from his car to his Pacific Palisades home, after returning from a birthday brunch with his family. One of Graves’ daughters administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but she was unable to revive him.
Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department, said that Graves died from apparent natural causes.
Besides his role in Mission Impossible, as head of the Impossible Missions Force, which ran for a successful seven seasons, Graves became famous again in his later years in a self-depreciating comedic role in the in 1980 film “Airplane!” Graves played a likable but dim-witted pilot named Capt. Clarence Oveur to great acclaim.
Graves won a Golden Globe Award for his Mission Impossible role in 1971. He also was awarded a Prime time Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in 1997, as host of A&E Biography.
Graves is survived by his wife Joan, three daughters and six grandchildren. Graves’ older brother James Arness is also an actor, known for his role playing Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV series Gunsmoke.