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"Mission: Impossible" Star Peter Graves Dead at 83

Posted: March 15th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Mission: Impossible" Star Peter Graves Dead at 83Submit Comment
Peter Graves, who starred in "Mission: Impossible" and films including "Stalag 17" and "Airplane," died of natural causes in Pacific Palisades, California, on Sunday. He was 83.

Graves made his mark when he replaced Steven Hill as the lead in CBS' "Mission: Impossible" in 1967. He starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force for six seasons, and then returned in 1988 for ABC's remake of the series.

Though he's best known for his role as Jim Phelps of the "Mission: Impossible" series, for which he won a Golden Globe and was Emmy-nominated, Graves turned down the chance to co-star in Paramount Pictures' 1996 film toplining Tom Cruise.

In 1980, Graves was approached for the role of Captain Clarence Oveur of the doomed jetliner in "Airplane" and almost rejected the part after reading the script. However, upon hearing Leslie Nielsen had accepted a role in the pic and meeting with writers Jerry and David Zucker, he decided to take the part.

In later years, Graves was the host of "Biography" on A&E, for which he won an Emmy, and had guest roles in series such as "House," "Cold Case" and "American Dad."

Besides his brother James Arness, survivors include his wife, actress Joan Endress; and three daughters.

Source: Variety


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lost_addict writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:20:16 AM

great actor,loved him in 'airplane!.RIP.
J.A.Ottley writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:23:24 AM

Agreed with you their Lost, and in M.I ahhh the good old days, when film and story actually meant something, unlike today.

On to further note its nice to know he died naturally, unlike some other recent celebs

R.I.P
VLAD*the*IMPALER writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:31:11 AM

i only new him from "airplane", but i got many many laughs from that movie.
RIP dude
Barney Stinson writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:36:08 AM

Already said this in another topic since this article wasn't up yet.

"You ever seen a grown man naked?"

RIP Peter Graves.
TheStig writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:42:50 AM

"You ever tour a turkish prison, Timmy?"
Sonic writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 8:04:52 AM

RIP. Airplane is awsome:-)
trailertrash writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 8:15:30 AM

RIP, Captian Oveur: Joey (the little boy) have you ever been in a Turkish prison???? , Leslie Nielsen learn't so much from you... lol
VDODSON writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 8:18:17 AM

Peter Graves was an OG, rest in peace brother.
CCBlev writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 8:25:24 AM

Rip my friend!!
HorrorJunky4Life writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 9:50:13 AM

My condolences to the family and RIP Mr. Graves.

(No pun intended)
The Real Joker writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 11:27:41 AM

Stay alive - Mission Impossible :(
rocketman writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 11:37:25 AM

RIP
You ever seen a grown man naked?
nope.com writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 11:44:47 AM

Mission Over

rip Peter Graves
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:03:27 PM

Cripes... I didn't know James Arness was his brother?!?!

RIP Peter... your airplane has landed.
bale01289 writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:16:02 PM

Another great actor gone...RIP Peter Graves. Watching Airplane tonight, just for you!
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:19:40 PM

Good call.
bale01289 writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:33:39 PM

...And don't call me Shirley!
SometimesDeadIsBetter writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:34:09 PM

so so sad

This is Captain Over speaking. Over and out

R.I.P

hunter207 writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 1:42:32 PM

They best give this man a big chunk of the Oscars next year!
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 2:16:13 PM

It'll probably go to Haim... and they'll give a ton of suck-up footage to Farrah, forget Mr. Graves... until the following year.

Probably.
otis writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 3:01:11 PM

On the MI remakes: "That's all right, they made a lot of money on it and I think Tom Cruise is doing okay...but in my heart, I have the real mission."

I'm going to go watch Gladiator movies, just for you Peter. I know Vin's already been at it though. RIP
secondbest writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 3:12:30 PM

My personal favorite roles of his were in Stalag 17 and of course, Airplane!
encoreyourface writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 4:42:33 PM

well atleast he lived long and had some good roles it seems, so RIP ... what the f*ck? the guys last name is serously "Graves" ... holy sh*t ...

anyway R.I.P. Peter Graves

does anybody know the cause of death?
encoreyourface writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 4:57:18 PM

"your airplane has landed"

lol ... well put.
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 5:10:16 PM

Thx. encore.

Sadly, his 60th wedding anniversary would have been this Dec. Too bad he missed that.

Sounds like he had a great life.

Death via 'Natural Causes (heart attack)'


encoreyourface writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 5:18:43 PM

natural causes it is then,thanks.

it's always good to see an actor die besides something of drugs,suicide,etc.

also good to see one live a good life for a change ..
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 5:39:25 PM

Death by Lohan (that's a nasty way to go).
borat writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 5:50:43 PM

mission impossible is good show we on second season here in kazakhstan
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 7:57:11 PM

When the f*ck did you get electricity?!
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 8:55:56 PM

"Captain Oveur are you ready to Taxi?"
"Ready to Taxi"

RIP Peter Graves.

and yes guys nice to it was natural causes.
Telly like it is writes:
on March 15th, 2010 at 11:50:25 PM

What's your vector Victor? R.I.P. Peter Graves.
Ranger writes:
on March 16th, 2010 at 1:29:18 AM

I think Airplane gave us 50% of all the best lines in movie history!
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on March 16th, 2010 at 2:39:35 AM

@ranger only 50%!!!! lol
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on March 16th, 2010 at 2:40:14 AM

@ranger, are the other 50% from Naked Gun then?
Ranger writes:
on March 16th, 2010 at 3:33:39 PM

Mostly...

And from the first 'Hot Shots' (Lloyd Bridges stole every scene he was in). And a couple from 'The Princess Bride' + 'The Jerk' and 'Blazing Saddles.'
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on March 16th, 2010 at 8:27:32 PM

@ranger all true,

"how are you sir?"
"Hawaii?? what the hell am I doing in Hawaii?"
DetroitFanRick writes:
on March 18th, 2010 at 12:24:06 AM

"Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?"

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