Peter Graves dies at 83

March 15th, 2010 // 30 Comments

Veteran screen actor and Airplane! star Peter Graves died of a heart attack Sunday morning. He was 83, according to the Associated Press:

Peter Graves, the tall, stalwart actor likely 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,” died Sunday.
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!”
Graves appeared in dozens of films and a handful of television shows in a career of nearly 60 years.

Not only is Airplane! The Holy Bible to me, but I also like movies about gladiators.

Rest in Peace, Peter Graves.

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  1. John Prime

    Man I was just watching him in The Beginning of The End this morning. I shall miss you man.

  2. It's Me Fuckers

    RIP Mr. Blue Eyes… the Airplane movies were a staple of the movie industry when I was growing up.

  3. It's Me Fuckers

    roger Roger…

  4. Manny

    He was taken from us too soon..

  5. Agreed. Airplane! was the first movie that made me laugh till my guts hurt. Perfect comedy. <3

  6. Dank

    I speak jive.

    RIP Peter

  7. My first remembrance of Peter Graves was in the role of Joey’s Father in the Saturday morning t.v. show callled Fury. the horse and the boy who loved him.

  8. lol

    thanks for at least saying RIP this time…

  9. He was a great talent and will be missed…

  10. Hostess

    Surely you can’t be serious.

  11. Clarence Oveur

    I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.

  12. Jim Phelps

    R.I.P. Peter Graves

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  14. Anrol

    Do we have clearance Clarence? Do we have vector Victor?

  15. Angel

    Yeah, I remember Fury. Loved that show back in the day. RIP Peter.

  16. captain america

    he was a babee……………………………………………………………………ONCE!!

  17. DKNY

    Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

  18. gen

    RIP Peter Graves

    I used to watch Mission Impossible all the time as a kid on VHS with my brothers. Good times. RIP.

  19. I loved Mission: Impossible. RIP, Peter Graves

  20. timmy the dying boy

    The secretary has disavowed any knowledge of his actions.

  21. Kodos

    You ever seen Peter Graves naked?

  22. PostmortemG

    Well, *MY* first remembrance of Peter Graves was in the MST3K episode of Clonus. Airplane never interested me enough to watch it, but damn… i mourn the death of just about any old-school Hollywood actor, these days. Take care, Mr. Graves. Now back to listening to the new BURZUM album… =D

  23. Billy

    Yes Peter, I love gladiator movies.

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