LOS ANGELES – Peter Graves, star of the television series “Mission Impossible” and the “Airplane” films, has died.
Publicist Sandy Brokaw says Graves died at his Los Angeles home Sunday just after returning home from brunch with his family. He was 83.
Graves was best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the long-running television series “Mission: Impossible.”
Normally cast as a hero, he turned in an unforgettable performance early in his career as the treacherous Nazi spy in Billy Wilder’s 1953 prisoner-of-war drama “Stalag 17.”
He also masterfully lampooned his straight-arrow image when he portrayed bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 disaster movie spoof “Airplane!”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIAUbPDgaAg