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Peter Graves

Born: 1926-03-18 - Died: 2010-03-14
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack

Death Summary: Graves died from a heart attack just four days before his 84th birthday. He collapsed upon returning home from a brunch with his family. In an attempt to revive him, his daughter performed CPR.

Who was Peter Graves : Peter Graves was an actor who's generally known for two performances; Jim Phelps on the hit TV show Mission Impossible, and Captain Oveur from the spoof Airplane.

Grave's big break came from a TV show called 'Fury'. He starred as Jim Newton, and it lasted 116 episodes. His performances in the 60's would eventually culminate into his role on Mission Impossible. As Jim Phelps, Graves was the anchor of the show which brought the sleek spy genre to the small screen.

Grave's would continue to work going into the 70's, but his second breakout role came by way of Captain Oveur in Airplane. The aloof, creepy airplane captain is considered the comedic highlight of the movie by some. Spawning classic comedic one-liners.

Later in his career, Graves turned to voice acting. His final two credited roles are from the video games Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust and Darkstar.
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  1. Jo Angevine Says:

    I’ve been a fan of yours since I was a child..I loved you in Fury for several reasons 1. I loved your last name because mine was the same…2. I thought you were so handsome and I told everyone I knew, that you were my Uncle…or Cousin or some other relative..I was dreaming of course….I also loved you in Mission Impossible and Airplane…I often wondered where you were and what you were doing…I’m going to miss you..Rest in Peace for ever more in our loving
    God’s hands. Who says you can’t choose your relatives. I did, and I chose you to be for 40 plus years. In my eyes any ways….lul Jo

  2. Ime Says:

    Mission Impossible RIP Peter.

  3. Loren Lindsay Says:

    RIP, thank you for years of wonderful intertainment.

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  5. Ron Mosher Says:

    I remember him in Fury and Mission Impossible but he also played in Stalag 17 with Bill Holden,such an awesome movie. Best wishes and God bless his family in this time of grief!

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  8. jim scott Says:

    amazed they didnt mention his brother was james arness

  9. victoria raines Says:

    goodbye, Colonel.

  10. michael coleman Says:

    grew up watching m.i he was the best,no bad language,he could act.

  11. Clyde Ernde Says:

    All the best to His Family He will be soley missed,A Fine Actor and Brother to nother fine actor James Arness

  12. Brooke Raymond Says:

    A wonderful voice, a gentleman and all around great actor. Sorely missed by all and arole model for most.

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  14. Victor RamosGlez Says:

    I wll always remember him in the famous tv-show Mission Impossible that I never get tired to watch over and over, you were such of great actor always RIP.

  15. Harout K Says:

    I loved your style in acting.. you were great … I sometimes feel actors like you never die…
    May GOD Bless your Soul
    One of my Favorite actors

  16. Harout K Says:

    I loved your style in acting.. you were great … I sometimes feel actors like you never die… it’s like you are always alive living on this earth somewhere..

    May GOD Bless your Soul
    One of my Favorite actors

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