“Mission: Impossible” Star Peter Graves Dies

Peter Graves, who starred in the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible and appeared in the 1980 spoof comedy Airplane!, has died. Graves, best remembered for his portrayal of Jim Phelps — leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators on the popular TV spy drama, collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack following a family brunch at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, according to his publicist Sandy Brokaw.

He was 83.

After making his debut in the crime film Rogue River in 1951, Graves went on to appear in about 130 films and television shows. Mission: Impossible ran on CBS from 1967 to 1973 and was revived by ABC from 1988 to 1990, with Graves back as the only original cast member.In recent years, he hosted U.S. cable TV series, including the A&E Network’s long-running historical series Biography.

Peter Graves is survived by his wife Joan and their three daughters.

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