DEAD: Peter Graves

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Peter Graves (aged 83)
American actor (Airplane!)

Peter Graves (born Peter Duesler Aurness; March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his role as Jim Phelps in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973 (original) and from 1988 to 1990 (revival). His elder brother was actor James Arness. Graves was also known for his portrayal of airline pilot Captain Clarence Oveur in the 1980 comedy film Airplane! and its 1982 sequel Airplane II: The Sequel.

DEATH: After returning from a brunch on March 14, 2010, Graves collapsed and died of a heart attack, four days before his 84th birthday.

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