Peter Graves, Mission Impossible Star Dies at 83

You might have known actor Peter Graves in Mission Impossible TV show back in the 1960s. The actor was found dead of natural causes at his home on Sunday at 83. Police said that they were not investigating the death because of no sign of unnatural acts. A rep for Graves told media that he died of a heart attack.

In the Mission Impossible, he acts as a secret agent who received the next mission instruction on a self-destruct tape. Other than Mission: Impossible, he also appeared in other 130 films and television shows. Recently, he hosted A&E Network historical series, “Biography.”

Peter Graves was born as Peter Aurness on March 18, 1926 in Minneapolis. When he was a teenager, he used to work in a local radio station. He graduated from the University of Minnesota majoring drama.

He made his film debut in the 1951 crime drama “Rogue River,” and two years later won acclaim portraying a German spy placed among allied prisoners of war in “Stalag 17.”

For the Mission: Impossible, he received a Golden Globe Award in 1971 and Emmy Award for “Biography” in 1997 for outstanding informational series. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and three daughters.

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Posted by on March 15, 2010

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