Peter Graves


Peter Graves Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Peter is left-handed. (as is his Mission Impossible character Jim Phelps)

    • Peter claims he made more from residuals of re-runs of Fury than his brother Jim has made from his years on Gunsmoke.

    • Peter has done an instructional video for skiing, World of Cross Country Skiing with Peter Graves (1986).

    • Peter joined the Air Force hoping to see action and adventure, but was severely disappointed when he was stationed stateside for the entire term of his enlistment.

    • Peter's stage name of Graves comes from his mother's grandfather.

    • Peter won the Minnesota State Hurdles Competition in his last two years of high school.

    • Peter did radio announcing at the WMIN station in Minneapolis when he was 16.

    • Peter became a member of the Musicians' Union at the age of 15.

    • Peter starred in several unsold tv pilots, including:
      Las Vegas Beat (1961), where he played a private detective.
      Mr. Kingston (1964), where he played first officer on a cruise ship with Walter Pidgeon as the captain.
      Stranded (1966), as a survivor of a plane crash in the Andes.
      Call To Danger (1967), where he played a secret government agent.

    • Peter did a tv commercial for Metropolitan Mortgage in 2000.

    • Peter was nominated in 1969 for the Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Emmy for Mission Impossible, and won the Outstanding Informational Series Emmy in 1996 for the Biography episode "Judy Garland: Beyond The Rainbow," which he shared with:
      Michael Cascio, CarolAnne Dolan, Diane Ferenczi, and Jack Perkins.

    • Peter narrated a documentary, The Mysterious Monsters (1976), about popular monster stories such as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot.

    • Peter turned down working on the Mission Impossible (1996) film when he found out his character of Jim Phelps would die in the film. He further distanced himself from the film series in anger over the treatment of his character in the film.

    • Peter is a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

    • Peter did a series of commercials for Beltone Hearing Aids in 2002.

    • Peter has been married to his wife, Joan Endress, since December 13, 1950.

    • Peter is an excellent saxophonist, playing since childhood.

    • Peter is left-handed.

    • Peter is 6 feet 2 inches tall.

    • Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best TV Actor - Male in 1969 and Best TV Actor - Drama in 1970. He won the Golden Globe in 1971 for Best TV Actor - Drama.

    • Peter's brother is James Arness, known for playing Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke.

    • Graves served in the U.S. Air Force for two years.

    • In 2006, Peter starred in a commercial for insurance company Geico. The humorous ad saw him supply 'helpful' lines to a woman who described a car accident involving her husband. These included, 'But you know I still love him!' and 'I was one lucky woman!'

    • Peter and his wife, Joan, have three children, Kelly, Claudia, and Amanda.

    • Graves attended the University of Minnesota.

    • Peter's latest project involved providing narration for the 2006 video game 'Darkstar.'

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