Mission: Impossible Actor Peter Graves Has Passed Away

March 15, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Actor Peter Graves died of a heart attack Sunday at the age of 83.  Graves who starred in the 1960s CBS hit TV series “Mission: Impossible” as Jim Phelps, had just returned from brunch with his family to celebrate his upcoming 84th birthday. He collapsed on the driveway before he could reach his house and died.Graves appeared in several classics such as Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 and Otto Preminger’s Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, before turning to television.  After the long running “Mission: Impossible” his performance as Captain Oveur in the movie Airplane!, where he delivered deadpan lines like, “Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?,” brought him a large cult following.   Graves was the younger brother of fellow classic-TV icon James Arness, who starred on the long-running iconic Western series, Gunsmoke.  He will be missed!

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