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Peter Graves

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.

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Mar 18, 1926 In Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar 2009-04-02
Latest Project:
In the movie Leap Year 1932-10-01
Known For
Poster of Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves
Poster of Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street
Poster of High Seas Hijack
Poster of Fireside Theater
Movie What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar Himself
Series American Dad! Unknown
Series Minoriteam Unknown
Movie Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves Unknown
Series House Myron
Movie Behind the Legend: Timon Himself - Host
Movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action Host of Civil Defense Film
Series Cold Case Unknown
Movie Men in Black II Peter Graves
Movie These Old Broads Bill
Series Mickey Mouse Works Unknown
Movie Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait Himself - Host
Movie Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life Himself - Narrator
Series The Angry Beavers Unknown
Movie Mother Teresa: A Life of Devotion Himself - Host
Series 7th Heaven John "Colonel" Camden
Movie Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown Host
Series Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown
Movie Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess Host
Movie The Eligible Bachelor George Tidy
Series Diagnosis: Murder Himself
Movie Addams Family Values Host
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown
Movie I Hired a Contract Killer Jeweller
Series War and Remembrance Palmer Kirby
Series Mission: Impossible Jim Phelps
Movie The Woman He Loved Lord Reith
Movie Number One with a Bullet Capt. Ferris
Series Life with Lucy Unknown
Series The Golden Girls Unknown
Series Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Unknown
Movie Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street Tom Collins
Movie The Guns and the Fury Mark Janser
Series The Winds of War Palmer 'Fred' Kirby
Movie Airplane II: The Sequel Capt. Clarence Oveur
Movie Savannah Smiles Harland Dobbs
Series Simon & Simon Unknown
Movie 300 Miles for Stephanie Captain McIntyre
Movie Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty TV Director
Movie Airplane! Captain Oveur
Movie The Memory of Eva Ryker Mike Rogers
Movie Survival Run Kandaris
Movie Death Car on the Freeway Lieutenant Haller
Movie Parts: The Clonus Horror Jeff Knight
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Unknown
Movie Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident Alec Franklin
Movie High Seas Hijack Elliott Rhoades
Series The Love Boat Carl Lawrence
Movie SST: Death Flight Paul Whitley
Movie The Slipper and the Rose General
Series The Sonny & Cher Show Unknown
Movie The Mysterious Monsters Himself - Narrator
Movie Sidecar Racers Carson
Movie Dead Man on the Run Jim Gideon
Movie The Underground Man Earl Archer
Movie Paul and Michelle Sir Henry
Movie Scream of the Wolf John Wetherby
Movie Where Have All the People Gone Steven Anders
Movie Call to Danger Doug Warfield
Movie The President's Plane Is Missing Mark Jones
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown
Series Funny Face Unknown
Movie The Adventurers Trustee Banker
Movie Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob Jim Phelps
Movie The Five Man Army Dutchman
Movie The Dean Martin Christmas Show Himself
Series Premiere Unknown
Movie Sergeant Ryker Maj. Whitaker
Movie The Ballad of Josie Jason Meredith
Movie The Movie Orgy Self (archival footage)
Movie I'll Never Forget What's'isname Bankman
Movie How I Won the War Staff Officer
Movie Valley of Mystery Ben Barstow
Movie The Jokers Mr. Tremayne
Series The Invaders Gavin Lewis
Movie The Wrong Box Military Officer
Series Mission: Impossible Jim Phelps
Movie Texas Across the River Capt. Rodney Stimpson
Movie Gallegher Goes West Marshal Neimeyer
Movie A Rage to Live Jack Hollister
Series The F.B.I. Unknown
Series Laredo Unknown
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown
Series Run for Your Life Unknown
Series Court Martial Major Frank Whittaker
Series Branded Unknown
Series 12 O'Clock High Unknown
Series Daniel Boone Unknown
Series The Great Adventure Unknown
Series The Farmer's Daughter Unknown
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown
Series The Virginian Unknown
Series Whiplash Christopher Cobb
Series Route 66 Unknown
Movie A Stranger in My Arms Donald Ashton Beasley
Movie Wolf Larsen Van Weyden
Series Cimarron City Unknown
Movie Bayou Martin Davis
Movie Death in Small Doses Agent / Tom Kaylor
Movie The Admirable Crichton Brocklehurst
Movie Beginning of the End Dr. Ed Wainwright
Movie Canyon River Bob Andrews
Movie Hold Back The Night Lt. Lee Couzens
Movie It Conquered the World Dr. Paul Nelson
Movie The Naked Street Joe McFarland
Series The Millionaire Unknown
Movie The Long Gray Line Rudolph Heinz
Movie Robbers' Roost Heesman
Movie Wichita Morgan
Series Celebrity Playhouse Unknown
Movie The Night of the Hunter Ben Harper
Movie Fort Yuma Lt. Ben Keegan
Series Fury Jim Newton
Series Matinee Theater Unknown
Movie The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Capt. Bob Elliott
Movie The Raid Capt. Frank Dwyer
Movie Killers from Space Douglas Martin
Movie The Yellow Tomahawk Sawyer
Movie Black Tuesday Peter Manning
Series Studio 57 Unknown
Movie Lilacs in the Spring Albert Gutman
Series Climax! Unknown
Movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Arnold Dix
Series Where's Raymond?
Series The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Unknown
Movie East of Sumatra Cowboy
Movie War Paint Trooper Tolson
Movie Stalag 17 Sgt. Frank Price
Series Biff Baker U.S.A. Unknown
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown
Movie Derby Day Gerald Berkeley
Movie Red Planet Mars Chris Cronyn
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown
Movie Encore Philip Cronshaw
Movie The Lady with a Lamp Prince Albert
Movie Fort Defiance Ned Tallon
Movie Angels in the Outfield Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown
Movie Maytime in Mayfair D'Arcy Davenport
Series Fireside Theater Unknown
Series Studio One Unknown
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown
Movie Spring in Park Lane Basil Maitland
Movie Mrs. Fitzherbert Prince of Wales
Movie The Laughing Lady Prince of Wales
Movie Gaiety George Henry Carter
Movie Waltz Time Count Franz von Hofer
Movie I'll Be Your Sweetheart
Movie Give Us the Moon Peter Pyke
Movie Bees in Paradise peter lovell
Movie Miss London Ltd. Capt. Rory O'Moore
Movie King Arthur Was a Gentleman Lance Elliott
Movie Leap Year