Peter Graves, best known as Jim Phelps in the long running Mission: Impossible TV series, died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 83.
Probably best known to younger (?) viewers as Captain Clarence Oveur from the Airplane! films, Graves had a long history in the movies, including at least two ’50s sci-fi flicks that were ‘riffed’ by the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Beginning of the End (1957):
Part 1 of It Conquered the World (1956), perhaps best remembered now for the immortal “Man is a feeling creature…” speech:
Fun Peter Graves Facts:
- His older brother was James Arness, aka Marshall Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke.
- Jim Phelps was not the first leader of the Impossible Missions Force – the IMF was led at first by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill, who later went on to play District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law and Order from 1990-2000. Graves took over as leader of the IMF at the beginning of Season 2.
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