Mission Impossible star Peter Graves dies

peter_gravesMission Impossible star Peter Graves died Sunday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades, California. He was 83. Graves had just returned from brunch with his family to celebrate his upcoming birthday, which would have been March 18. He collapsed on the driveway from what is believed to be a heart attack before he reached his house. One of Graves’ daughters administered CPR but was unable to revive him. Graves began his career in movies in the 1950s, but was best known for his starring role as James Phelps, leader of the elite force in the long-running 1960s hit series Mission Impossible, for which he won a Golden Globe. He’s also fondly remembered for playing a bumbling pilot in the hit feature comedy Airplane! Graves’ birth name was Peter Aurness, and he is survived by Joan, his wife of 60 years and three adult daughters — Kelly, Claudia and Amanda — as well as his older brother, James Arness of the long-running Gunsmoke series. Watch a short clip from his performance in Airplane! below. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Gwen Collins • March 15, 2010 @ 1:12 PM

    It is with great sadness I read of the passing of Peter Graves. I always enjoyed his shows when growing up. He will be sorely missed

  2. mandee • March 15, 2010 @ 1:43 PM

    im not sure who he is, which one is he? left or right? this is sad news. imagine being married for 60 years and watching the love of your life die right in front of you? im glad they had a happy, long life together. rest in peace. 🙁

  3. ugh • March 15, 2010 @ 2:51 PM

    Mission Impossible was a tv show?

  4. Dean • March 15, 2010 @ 2:54 PM

    Yeah, and it was way better than the movies. mandee, Mr. Graves is the older white guy. The black guy is Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

  5. Jo-Anne • March 15, 2010 @ 3:40 PM

    m.i. was a great series…sad to hear of his passing….60 year marriage (and “they” said it couldn’t be done…) wow

  6. gypsy • March 15, 2010 @ 5:11 PM

    Very sad news, RIP Mr Graves.My condolences to the family.

  7. Beanie • March 15, 2010 @ 6:04 PM

    I loved him as host of “Biography” on A&E. His voice just drew you in – he could have read the phone book and made it sound interesting!

  8. mandee • March 15, 2010 @ 6:20 PM

    thanks dean. its really sad news 🙁

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