Mission: Impossible's Peter Graves Dies at 83

By Tim Surette

Mar 15, 2010

Actor Peter Graves has passed away at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Graves was best known for his role as Jim Phelps, ringleader of the superspies in the TV series Mission: Impossible. His supercool persona was a model for many smooth-yet-tough-as-nails television characters that followed, and he hysterically lampooned it as Captain Oveur in the classic comedy Airplane! ("We have clearance, Clarence."). In his later years, Graves became the host and narrator for A&E;'s popular Biography series.

Graves appeared in several films, including classics from Billy Wilder and John Ford and more modern fare such as Addams Family Values and Men in Black II. He also was the centerpiece of a popular Geico commercial.

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  • pgsuperfan Mar 16, 2010

    I think his last TV appearance was on House

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  • AprilFox Mar 16, 2010

    Wonderful, wonderful actor, thanks for your tremendous work. RIP

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  • skeeter291 Mar 16, 2010

    "Good Luck, Jim" and Rest In Peace, Peter.

  • waltmor Mar 16, 2010

    Have you ever seen a grown man naked? RIP Mr Graves, you brought us all a lot of joy!

  • shocker713 Mar 16, 2010

    As per orders, the Secretary has disavowed any knowledge of his existence.

  • vicbjones Mar 16, 2010

    This piece lacks a lot of the basic information one would expect from the obituary of a television icon. Who's Graves survived by? Is his brother James Arness still alive? Was his appearance on House his last role? I would say his roles in Night of the Hunter and Stalag 17 are more noteworthy than a Geico commercial.

  • DavidBoston1 Mar 16, 2010

    Stand out performance aside william holden in stalag 17 as the german spy in the barracks. a solid actor.

  • fatfreeoreos Mar 15, 2010

    So sad.

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