Biography

Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood, where he first appeared on television and later made his film debut in Rogue River (1951). Numerous film appearances followed, especially in Westerns. However, Graves is primarily recognized for his television work, particularly as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1966). Peter Graves died of a heart attack on March 14, 2010, just four days before his 84th birthday.

Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood, where he first appeared on television and later made his film debut in Rogue River (1951). Numerous film appearances followed, especially in Westerns. However, Graves is primarily recognized for his television work, particularly as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1966). Peter Graves died of a heart attack on March 14, 2010, just four days before his 84th birthday.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 124

Birthday 1926-03-18

Day of Death 2010-03-14

Place of Birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Guns and the Fury as Mark Janser
2011 Minoriteam (1 episode)
2009 What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar as Himself
2005 Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves
2005 American Dad! (1 episode)
2004 House (1 episode) as Myron
2004 Behind the Legend: Timone as Himself - Host
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action as Host of Civil Defense Film
2003 Cold Case (1 episode)
2002 Men in Black II as Peter Graves
2001 These Old Broads as Bill
1999 Mickey Mouse Works (1 episode)
1999 Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait as Himself - Host
1998 Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life as Himself - Narrator
1997 The Angry Beavers (1 episode)
1997 Mother Teresa: A Life of Devotion as Himself - Host
1996 7th Heaven (13 episodes)
1996 Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown as Host
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards (1 episode)
1994 Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess as Host
1993 Addams Family Values as Host
1993 Diagnosis: Murder (1 episode) as Himself
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode)
1988 War and Remembrance (12 episodes) as Palmer Kirby
1988 Mission: Impossible (35 episodes) as Jim Phelps
1987 Number One with a Bullet as Capt. Ferris
1986 Life with Lucy (1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls (1 episode)
1984 Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1 episode)
1984 Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street as Tom Collins
1983 The Winds of War (7 episodes) as Palmer 'Fred' Kirby
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel as Capt. Clarence Oveur
1982 Savannah Smiles as Harland Dobbs
1981 Simon & Simon (1 episode)
1981 300 Miles for Stephanie as Captain McIntyre
1980 Airplane! as Captain Oveur
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker as Mike Rogers
1980 Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty as TV Director
1979 Death Car on the Freeway as Lieutenant Haller
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1 episode)
1979 Parts: The Clonus Horror as Jeff Knight
1979 Survival Run as Kandaris
1978 Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident as Alec Franklin
1977 High Seas Hijack as Elliott Rhoades
1977 The Love Boat (3 episodes)
1977 SST: Death Flight as Paul Whitley
1976 The Mysterious Monsters as Himself - Narrator
1976 The Sonny & Cher Show (1 episode)
1975 Sidecar Racers as Carson
1975 Dead Man on the Run as Jim Gideon
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1 episode)
1974 Paul and Michelle as Sir Henry
1974 Scream of the Wolf as John Wetherby
1974 Where Have All the People Gone as Steven Anders
1973 The President's Plane Is Missing as Mark Jones
1973 Call to Danger as Doug Warfield
1971 Funny Face (1 episode)
1969 The Five Man Army as Dutchman
1968 Premiere (1 episode)
1968 Sergeant Ryker as Maj. Whitaker
1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname as Bankman
1967 Valley of Mystery as Ben Barstow
1967 The Ballad of Josie as Jason Meredith
1966 Texas Across the River as Capt. Rodney Stimpson
1966 Mission: Impossible (171 episodes) as Jim Phelps
1965 A Rage to Live as Jack Hollister
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Dean Martin Show (1 episode)
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1965 Court Martial (1 episode) as Major Frank Whittaker
1965 Branded (2 episodes)
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 Twelve O'Clock High (1 episode)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (2 episodes)
1963 The Great Adventure (2 episodes)
1963 The Farmer's Daughter (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (2 episodes)
1960 Whiplash (34 episodes) as Christopher Cobb
1959 A Stranger in My Arms as Donald Ashton Beasley
1958 Wolf Larsen as Van Weyden
1958 Cimarron City (1 episode)
1957 Death in Small Doses as Agent / Tom Kaylor
1957 Beginning of the End as Dr. Ed Wainwright
1957 Bayou as Martin Davis
1956 Canyon River as Bob Andrews
1956 Hold Back the Night as Lt. Lee Couzens
1956 It Conquered the World as Dr. Paul Nelson
1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell as Capt. Bob Elliott
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 Fury (111 episodes) as Jim Newton
1955 Fort Yuma as Lt. Ben Keegan
1955 Celebrity Playhouse (1 episode)
1955 The Night of the Hunter as Ben Harper
1955 The Naked Street as Joe McFarland
1955 Wichita as Morgan
1955 Robbers' Roost as Heesman
1955 The Long Gray Line as Cpl. Rudolph Heinz
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Black Tuesday as Peter Manning
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Studio 57 (1 episode)
1954 The Raid as Capt. Frank Dwyer
1954 The Yellow Tomahawk as Sawyer
1954 Killers from Space as Douglas Martin
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef as Arnold Dix
1953 Where's Raymond? (39 episodes)
1953 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (2 episodes)
1953 East of Sumatra as Cowboy
1953 War Paint as Trooper Tolson
1953 Stalag 17 as Sgt. Frank Price
1952 Biff Baker U.S.A. (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Red Planet Mars as Chris Cronyn
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Angels in the Outfield as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
1951 Fort Defiance as Ned Tallon
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 Fireside Theater (4 episodes)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1945 Waltz Time as Count Franz von Hofer

Directing

1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)Director

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