Peter Graves
American actor
Peter Graves
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).
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Milton Academy football’s Peter Graves opts for postgraduate year, keeping Harvard in sight
Boston Globe - about 3 years
By Peter Cappiello, Globe Correspondent Milton Academy senior Peter Graves, who had mutual interest with Harvard football, has chosen to take a postgraduate year before pursuing a spot with the Crimson. He is not headed to Sacred Heart this fall,...     
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Frightway to Stardom (Part 1)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Alan Alda battling a satanic pianist! James Arness combating titanic ants! Gene Barry fighting Martian invaders! These are just a few of the fascinating roles many of Tinseltown's top stars once essayed early in their careers in the horror/sci-fi genre! Intriguingly, a surprisingly high percentage of Hollywood luminaries started out in such entries. These early appearances in horror and sci-fi films and television programs, although often low-budget in nature, afforded them an excellent opportunity to perfect their craft and display their talent, setting the stage for later success. Indeed, it can truly be said that this early experience represented a "Frightway to Stardom." The following are among the many celebs who started out in the niche of horror and sci-fi: -Alan Alda: The only actor to appear in every single episode of TV's M.A.S.H. (1972-82) portrayed a young journalist involved with a dying satanic pianist (Curt Jurgens, seen as Sebastian, a magician d ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Did a Lethal Curse Plague Three 1950s Screen Sirens?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Mari Blanchard! Peggie Castle! Allison Hayes! Incredibly, death stalked each one of these three gorgeous scream queens of the 1950s! All met tragic, premature demises by the time they reached their 40s! It definitely appears that a deadly curse was acting upon them. The chances for an incredible coincidence of this magnitude would be absolutely astronomical! Conceivably, dark forces may have somehow been angered by their appearances in movies which touched upon the sacred subject matter of their shadowy domain! But, before you decide one way or the other, please consider the case of each one detailed herewith: -Mari Blanchard(1927-1970): This leggy blonde stunner (born Mary Blanchard) had often been cast as a villainess in secondary roles in a succession of adventures, mysteries, and westerns until she landed her first leading role as Queen Allura of Venus in 1953's Abbott And Costello Go To Mars. Working as maintenance men at a missile base, Bud and Lou acciden ...
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Glen Ellyn Filmmaker to Premiere Film with Scenes Shot in Downtown Wheaton
Glen Ellyn Patch - almost 5 years
An independent feature film by Glen Ellyn filmmaker Erin Dalian has been chosen as a finalist in the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival in Detroit, where it will make its premiere on May 12. Dalian filmed Broken & Beautiful in the spring of 2011 in Chicago and the suburbs. Her short film, Five Days, is premiering in Los Angeles at the Life Fest Film Festival the weekend of May 3-5. Broken & Beautiful weaves together stories of the lives of members of All Saints Church. Through the music of contemporary Christian artists, the characters’ dark secrets are exposed, despite their best efforts to cover their imperfections. With themes of judgment and hypocrisy, forgiveness and unconditional love, Broken & Beautiful deals head-on with struggles in today's world. The trailer for the film is available on the official Broken & Beautiful website: http://brokenandbeautifulthemovie.com/ Broken & Beautiful stars an ensemble cast: Annelyse Ahmad of Skokie, Danish Alidino of ...
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LMCs warn of record levels of GP stress - Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Dr Peter Graves, chief executive of Bedfordshire and Herfordshire LMC, said : 'It says a lot that we've already spent more on pastoral care for GPs this year, and we're only six months in, than we've ever spent before. We will continue to support our
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Bryant Park Movies: Timeless Classic Films Perfect for a Night Out - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
“Airplane” (1980)-Witness the slapstick genius of Leslie Neilson, Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves in this Bryant Park movie. Perhaps one of the funniest films to come out the 80s, hilarity and hijinks ensue when a pilot with a drinking problem has to
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Who'd get your vote for a Minneapolis high schools hall of fame? - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham, former hockey coach Dave Peterson, who later coached the US Olympic squad, Lizz Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show," and actor Peter Graves, best known for his work in the television series "Mission: Impossible,"
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Peter Graves Returns as Jim Phelps in 'The '88 TV Season' on DVD! - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Graves reprises his role as Jim Phelps, the brilliant and charismatic leader of the Impossible Missions Force. Summoned out of retirement, Phelps organizes a new team of IMF agents in order to carry out dangerous and complex assignments
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Disc News: MGM's MOD DVD-Rs for September - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Stars Robert Stack; Joan Taylor; Charles McGraw; Peter Graves. Directed by Lesley Selander. * Top Banana (1954) – Phil Silvers stars as “the funniest man on television,” a top comedian who meddles once too often and gets outsmarted by himself in this
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Bled 2011, Day Three: Small Margins Make and Break - Rowing News
Google News - over 5 years
The next US crew to race was the duo of Tom and Peter Graves in the M2x. While the brothers had a strong heat and were hanging on through the 1000m mark, ultimately the pace was too hot, and they found themselves in fourth place as they crossed the
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Can you prove that Obama has been a lousy President? - Hot Air
Google News - over 5 years
I'm thinking instead of that opening sequence in the show “Mission Impossible,” the one where Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, gets his instructions. Your mission, Jim (and readers named something else), should you decide to accept it,
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You Think Obama's Been a Bad President? Prove It: Jonathan Alter - Bloomberg
Google News - over 5 years
I'm thinking instead of that opening sequence in the show “Mission Impossible,” the one where Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, gets his instructions. Your mission, Jim (and readers named something else), should you decide to accept it,
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Texas State University System to Standardize Capital Project Delivery ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Graves, Vice Chancellor for Contract Administration at TSUS, said "the ability to have information about the projects readily accessible and in a predictable format from our perspective and the campus perspective is important
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Strange, Homoerotic and Gross Borden's Cottage Cheese Commercial with Peter Graves - YouTube
Google News - over 5 years
This is a pretty wild commercial featuring shirtless boys chopping wood, Peter Graves standing around watching the shirtless boy, and the many uses of cottage cheese (Maple Syrup!), and it features the most insanely catchy jingle ever
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Ben Johnson Movie Schedule: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, WAGON MASTER - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Dane Clark, Ben Johnson, Peter Graves. C-82 mins. 9:30 AM WILD STALLION (1952) A horse hunter pursues a white colt that ran off when his parents were killed. Dir: Lewis D. Collins. Cast: Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Martha Hyer. C-70 mins
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Arness, Graves were Kin - Atlantic City Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Thank you — Doris Francey, Audubon, NJ James Arness was the older brother of Peter Graves of Airplane, TV's Mission Impossible, and Biography. Their real last name was Aurness. Peter Graves once directed his brother in an episode of Gunsmoke (see
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Forest Hills' Magic Man - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
While a very young David Copperfield was on the bill, the show was emceed by Peter Graves (of “Mission: Impossible” fame, and also included The Amazing Randi, who were already internationally famous.) The show was called “Magic at the Roxy,” named
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They Die, We Die: An essay on life and… - Salem-News.Com
Google News - over 5 years
What came out of this was the news (to me, at least) that James was the older brother of the actor Peter Graves who was the rancher in the 1955-1960 series about a boy and his horse, Fury, then later as the head of Mission Impossible, 1966-1973
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Graves
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 83
    Graves' final project was narrating the computer game epic Darkstar: The Interactive Movie, released November 5, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 82
    In the summer of 2009 Graves signed on as a spokesman for reverse mortgage lender American Advisors Group (AAG).
    More Details Hide Details Graves appeared in a national commercial in which he marketed reverse mortgages.
    AirTran Airways featured Graves in a series of web-only "Internetiquette" videos in 2009 in which Graves appeared in a pilot's uniform and references classic Airplane! lines.
    More Details Hide Details The videos were part of an AirTran Airways campaign to promote their in-flight wireless Internet access.
    On October 30, 2009, Graves was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.
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  • 1996
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Phelps murders three fellow IMF agents and is killed in a helicopter crash at the end, a decision that disappointed Graves and upset many fans of the original series.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 56
    Graves was cast as Palmer Kirby in the 1983 ABC miniseries, The Winds of War.
    More Details Hide Details He played opposite Robert Mitchum, Jan Michael Vincent, Deborah Winters and Ali MacGraw in what became in '83, the second most watched miniseries of all time (after Roots). After playing mainly serious roles in the 1970s, he appeared as Captain Clarence Oveur in the early 80s comedies Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel. In 1988 a Hollywood writers' strike resulted in a new Mission: Impossible series being commissioned. Graves was the only cast member from the original series to return as a regular, reprising his role as James Phelps, though others (most notably Greg Morris, whose son Phil was a regular in this version) made guest appearances. The series was filmed in Australia, and Graves made his third journey there for acting work. The new version of Mission: Impossible lasted for two seasons, ending in 1990. Bookending his work on Mission: Impossible, Graves starred in two pilot films called Call to Danger, which were an attempt to create a Mission: Impossible-style series in which Graves played a government agent (the Bureau of National Resources) who recruited civilians with special talents for secret missions.
  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 47
    Graves also made a guest appearance in the teen soap opera Class of 74 in mid-1974, playing himself.
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  • 1973
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Graves portrayed the iconic character of James Phelps, the sometimes-gruff director of the Impossible Missions Force or IMF, for the six following seasons of the series.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 33
    From 1960-61 Graves starred as leading character Christopher Cobb in 34 episodes of the TV series Whiplash.
    More Details Hide Details In the story line Cobb is an American who arrives in Australia in the 1850s to establish the country's first stagecoach line, using a bullwhip rather than a gun to fight the crooks that he encounters. The series also starred Anthony Wickert.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 26
    Graves also was featured in the 1953 World War II film, Stalag 17.
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  • 1950
    Age 23
    Graves was a devout Christian. He was married to Joan Endress Graves from 1950 until his death.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 17
    Graves graduated from Southwest High School in 1944, and spent two years in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
    More Details Hide Details He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota on the G.I. Bill, and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Graves appeared in more than seventy films, television shows, and television movies during his career. In 1955, Graves joined the NBC television series Fury, as the rancher and adoptive single father, Jim Newton.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Graves' ancestry was Norwegian, German, and English. The family name originally was "Aursnes," but when Rolf's Norwegian father, Peter Aursnes, immigrated to New York City in 1887, he changed the spelling. Peter used the stage name "Graves", a maternal family name, to honor his mother's family, and also so as to not be confused with his older brother, James Arness, the star of the television series Gunsmoke.
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