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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, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Leap Year 1932-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Gettysburg - An American Story 2014-10-24
Known For
Poster of Men in Black II
Poster of Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons
Poster of Airplane II: The Sequel
Poster of Airplane!
Movie Gettysburg - An American Story Narrator 2014-10-24
Movie What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar Himself 2009-04-02
Movie Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves Self 2005-09-15
Series American Dad! Mr. Pibb (voice) 2005-02-06
Series Minoriteam Unknown 2005-11-06
Movie Behind the Legend: Timon Himself - Host 2004-02-10
Series House Myron 2004-11-16
Series Cold Case Anton Bikker (2006) 2003-09-28
Movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action Host of Civil Defense Film 2003-11-14
Movie Men in Black II Peter Graves 2002-07-03
Movie These Old Broads Bill 2001-02-12
Movie Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait Self - Host 1999-03-26
Series Mickey Mouse Works Unknown 1999-05-01
Movie Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel Narrator 1999-08-24
Movie Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life Self / Narrator 1998-05-10
Movie Doris Day: It's Magic Narrator 1998-10-18
Series The Angry Beavers Unknown 1997-04-19
Movie Mother Teresa: A Life of Devotion Himself - Host 1997-01-01
Movie Abbott & Costello Meet Biography Host 1996-04-29
Movie William Shakespeare: A Life of Drama Unknown 1996-08-16
Movie Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown Host 1996-08-18
Series 7th Heaven John "Colonel" Camden 1996-08-26
Movie Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons Self - Narrator (voice) 1995-01-01
Movie Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker Self - Host 1995-09-03
Series Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown 1995-02-25
Movie Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess Self - Host 1994-10-17
Movie The Eligible Bachelor George Tidy 1993-02-03
Series Diagnosis: Murder Peter Graves 1993-10-29
Movie Addams Family Values Host 1993-11-19
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie I Hired a Contract Killer Jeweller 1990-10-12
Series War and Remembrance Palmer Kirby 1988-11-13
Movie The Woman He Loved Lord Reith 1988-04-03
Series Mission: Impossible Jim Phelps 1988-10-23
Movie Number One with a Bullet Capt. Ferris 1987-02-27
Movie Horrible Horror Dr. Doug Paul Martin in 'Killers from Space' 1986-01-01
Series Life with Lucy Ben Marshall 1986-09-20
Series The Golden Girls Jerry Scott 1985-09-14
Movie Tennis Court Vicar John Bray 1985-03-09
Series Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Unknown 1984-09-05
Movie Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street Tom Collins 1984-01-25
Series Murder, She Wrote Edmund Gerard 1984-09-30
Series The Winds of War Palmer 'Fred' Kirby 1983-02-06
Movie The Guns and the Fury Mark Janser 1983-12-12
Movie Savannah Smiles Harland Dobbs 1982-04-09
Movie Airplane II: The Sequel Capt. Clarence Oveur 1982-12-10
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie 300 Miles for Stephanie Capt. McIntyre 1981-01-12
Movie The Memory of Eva Ryker Mike Rogers 1980-05-05
Movie Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty TV Director 1980-02-14
Movie Airplane! Captain Clarence Oveur 1980-07-02
Movie Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident Alec Franklin 1979-02-26
Movie The Rebels George Washington 1979-05-14
Movie Survival Run Kandaris 1979-04-26
Movie Parts: The Clonus Horror Jeff Knight 1979-08-01
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Major Noah Cooper 1979-09-20
Movie Death Car on the Freeway Lt. Haller 1979-09-24
Movie SST: Death Flight Paul Whitley 1977-02-25
Movie High Seas Hijack Elliott Rhoades 1977-10-20
Series The Love Boat Carl Lawrence 1977-09-24
Movie The Slipper and the Rose General 1976-03-25
Series The Sonny & Cher Show Unknown 1976-02-01
Movie The Mysterious Monsters Himself - Narrator 1976-07-01
Movie Dead Man on the Run Jim Gideon 1975-04-02
Movie Sidecar Racers Carson 1975-04-30
Movie Scream of the Wolf John Wetherby 1974-01-16
Movie Paul and Michelle Sir Henry 1974-03-15
Movie The Underground Man Lew Archer 1974-05-06
Movie Where Have All the People Gone Steven Anders 1974-10-08
Movie Call to Danger Doug Warfield 1973-02-27
Movie The President's Plane Is Missing Mark Jones 1973-10-23
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1973-09-14
Series Funny Face Unknown 1971-09-18
Movie The Adventurers Trustee Banker 1970-03-25
Movie The Assassination Bureau Dragomiloff's Butler (uncredited) 1969-03-09
Movie The Five Man Army Dutchman 1969-10-16
Movie Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob Jim Phelps 1969-12-01
Movie The Movie Orgy Self (archive footage) 1968-01-01
Movie The Ballad of Josie Jason Meredith 1968-02-01
Series Premiere Unknown 1968-07-01
Movie Sergeant Ryker Maj. Whitaker 1968-02-01
Movie The Dean Martin Christmas Show Self (uncredited) 1968-12-19
Movie The Jokers Mr. Tremayne 1967-05-15
Series The Invaders Gavin Lewis 1967-01-10
Movie Valley of Mystery Ben Barstow 1967-09-29
Movie How I Won the War Staff Officer 1967-10-18
Movie I'll Never Forget What's'isname Bankman 1967-12-18
Movie The Wrong Box Military Officer 1966-06-19
Series Mission: Impossible Jim Phelps 1966-09-17
Movie Texas Across the River Capt. Stimpson 1966-10-26
Movie Gallegher Goes West Marshal Neimeyer 1966-10-30
Series Court Martial Major Frank Whittaker 1965-09-05
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Series Run for Your Life Jim Carlson 1965-09-13
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The F.B.I. Manning Fryes 1965-09-19
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie A Rage to Live Jack Hollister 1965-10-20
Series 12 O'Clock High Unknown 1964-09-18
Series Daniel Boone Logan Harris 1964-09-24
Series The Farmer's Daughter Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Great Adventure Daniel Boone 1963-09-27
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Maj. Frank Whitaker 1963-10-10
Series The Virginian Robert Gaynor 1962-09-19
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Mark Needham 1962-09-20
Series Whiplash Christopher Cobb 1961-02-18
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie A Stranger in My Arms Donald Beasley 1959-03-03
Movie Wolf Larsen Van Weyden 1958-10-26
Series Cimarron City Unknown 1958-09-27
Movie The Admirable Crichton Brocklehurst 1957-06-11
Movie Bayou Martin Davis 1957-06-01
Movie Beginning of the End Dr. Ed Wainwright 1957-06-28
Movie Death in Small Doses Agent / Tom Kaylor 1957-09-15
Movie Hold Back The Night Lt. Lee Couzens 1956-07-29
Movie It Conquered the World Dr. Paul Nelson 1956-07-14
Movie Canyon River Bob Andrews 1956-08-04
Movie The Naked Street Joe McFarland 1955-08-01
Movie Wichita Morgan Earp 1955-07-03
Movie The Night of the Hunter Ben Harper 1955-08-26
Series The Millionaire Paul Hartley 1955-01-19
Movie Robbers' Roost Heesman 1955-05-30
Movie The Long Gray Line Rudolph Heinz 1955-02-09
Series Celebrity Playhouse Unknown 1955-09-27
Movie The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Capt. Bob Elliott 1955-12-31
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Fury Jim Newton 1955-10-15
Movie Fort Yuma Lt. Ben Keegan 1955-10-04
Movie The Yellow Tomahawk Sawyer 1954-05-01
Movie Killers from Space Douglas Martin 1954-01-23
Movie The Raid Capt. Frank Dwyer 1954-08-04
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Black Tuesday Peter Manning 1954-12-31
Series Studio 57 Unknown 1954-09-21
Movie Lilacs in the Spring Albert Gutman 1954-12-21
Movie War Paint Trooper Tolson 1953-08-28
Movie Stalag 17 Sgt. Frank Price 1953-05-29
Movie East of Sumatra Cowboy 1953-09-23
Movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Arnold Dix 1953-12-02
Series The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Unknown 1953-10-02
Series Where's Raymond? 1953-10-08
Movie Red Planet Mars Chris Cronyn 1952-05-15
Movie Derby Day Gerald Berkeley 1952-06-09
Series Cavalcade of America Maj. Tom Howie 1952-10-01
Series Biff Baker U.S.A. Unknown 1952-11-06
Movie Encore Philip Cronshaw 1951-06-11
Movie The Lady with a Lamp Prince Albert 1951-09-22
Movie Rogue River Pete Dandridge 1951-02-15
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Rocky Kent 1951-10-05
Movie Angels in the Outfield Radio Announcer (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie Fort Defiance Ned Tallon 1951-10-09
Series Lux Video Theatre Joel Barker 1950-10-02
Series Fireside Theater Unknown 1949-04-05
Movie Maytime in Mayfair D'Arcy Davenport 1949-05-24
Movie Spring in Park Lane Basil Maitland 1948-03-17
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Self 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Mrs. Fitzherbert Prince of Wales 1947-12-03
Movie Gaiety George Henry Carter 1946-07-15
Movie The Laughing Lady Prince of Wales 1946-10-16
Movie Spring Song Tony Winster 1946-12-23
Movie I'll Be Your Sweetheart 1945-07-30
Movie Waltz Time Count Franz von Hofer 1945-08-13
Movie Bees in Paradise Peter Lovell 1944-03-20
Movie Give Us the Moon Peter Pyke 1944-07-31
Movie Miss London Ltd. Capt. Rory O'Moore 1943-06-14
Movie King Arthur Was a Gentleman Lance Elliott 1942-12-28
Movie Leap Year 1932-10-11