Peter Graves

Born Mar 18, 1926

Peter Aurness, known professionally as Peter Graves, was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his starring role in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973 (original) and from 1988 to 1990 (revival). His elder brother was actor James Arness (1923–2011).… Read More

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1926 Birth Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Rolf Cirkler Aurness (1894–1982), a businessman, and his wife Ruth (née Duesler, died 1986), a journalist. … Read More


1944 18 Years Old Graves graduated from Southwest High School in 1944, and spent two years in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. … Read More


1950 24 Years Old Graves was a devout Christian. He was married to Joan Endress Graves from 1950 until his death.
1953 27 Years Old Graves also was featured in the 1953 World War II film, Stalag 17.


1960 34 Years Old From 1960-61 Graves starred as leading character Christopher Cobb in 34 episodes of the TV series Whiplash. … Read More


1967 41 Years Old Graves also starred in the British made ITC series Court Martial playing U.S. Army Lawyer Major Frank Whittaker (one of the series two American Leads starring opposite Bradford Dillman's Captain David Young) as well as guest roles in such series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Cimarron City, Route 66 and The Invaders,(episode; 'Moonshot') In 1967, Graves was recruited by Desilu Studios to replace Steven Hill as the lead actor on Mission: Impossible. … Read More
1973 47 Years Old After the series ended in 1973, Graves played a cameo-type support role in the feature film Sidecar Racers in Australia which was released in 1975.
1974 48 Years Old Graves also made a guest appearance in the teen soap opera Class of 74 in mid-1974, playing himself.


1983 57 Years Old Graves was cast as Palmer Kirby in the 1983 ABC miniseries, The Winds of War. … Read More


1996 70 Years Old In the 1996 film update of Mission: Impossible, Graves refused to reprise the role of Jim Phelps (played by Jon Voight) after the character was revealed to be a traitor and the villain of the film. … Read More
On October 30, 2009, Graves was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.
2010 84 Years Old 1 More Event
Graves' final project was narrating the computer game epic Darkstar: The Interactive Movie, released November 5, 2010.
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