Peter Graves (1)

Mostly Credited As: Peter Graves (1)
Birth Name: Peter Duesler Aurness
Date Of Birth: March 18, 1926 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date Of Death: March 14, 2010
Cause Of Death: Heart attack (Pacific Palisades, California)
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Peter Graves (1)

Peter Graves was born Peter Aurness on March 18, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents are Rolf Cirkler Aurness and Ruth Duesler, and his brother is actor James Aurness (of Gunsmoke fame). He went to Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated in 1944. While in school, he enjoyed both sports and music, and even worked as a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After high school, Graves joined the Air Force, then attended the University of Minnesota where he studied drama and joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

After college, Graves moved to Hollywood where he has worked steadily in television and films. Some of his famous films include Stalag 17 (1953), The Five Man Army (1969), and Airplane! (1980).

Graves married his wife Joan Endress in 1950. They have three daughters, named Kelly, Claudia and Amanda.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Mission: Impossible (1988) (1988)As: Jim Phelps
Biography (1987)As: Host (1987-1999)
The Winds of War (1983)As: Palmer 'Fred' Kirby
Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966)As: James Phelps (S02-S07)
Court Martial (1965)As: Major Frank Whittaker
Whiplash (1961)As: Chris Cobb
Fury (1955)As: Jim Newton
Where's Raymond? (1953)As: Various
Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Cameron Diaz, 6-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, Nelly Furtado 15x153: (May/10/2007) As Himself 

7th Heaven (1996) 
  Gimme' That Ol' Time Religion 11x16: (Feb/18/2007) As "The Colonel" John Camden 
  Tit for Tat 11x15: (Feb/11/2007) As "The Colonel" John Camden 
  Home Run 10x02: (Sep/26/2005) As "The Colonel" John Camden 
  It's Late 10x01: (Sep/19/2005) As "The Colonel John Camden 

American Dad! (2005) 
  A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial 02x12: (Feb/11/2007) Voiced  Mr. Pibb 

Cold Case (2003) 
  The Hen House 03x21: (Apr/30/2006) As Noah Pool (2006) 

Minoriteam (2006) 
  Tax Day 01x05: (Apr/16/2006) Voiced  Sheldon 

House (2004) 
  Love Hurts 01x20: (May/10/2005) As Myron Chase 

House of Mouse (2001) 
  Clarabelle's Big Secret 02x03: (Oct/06/2001) Voiced  Narrator 

Biography (1987) 
  Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act 13x35: (Oct/01/1999) Voiced  Himself, [Starring Roles]

Mickey Mouse Works (1999) 
  Episode 5 01x05: (May/22/1999) Voiced  Narrator 

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  Trash TV (1) 06x19: (Apr/29/1999) As Doctor on TV, [Uncredited]
  Must Kill TV 05x09: (Nov/06/1997) As Himself 

The Angry Beavers (1997) 
  The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up 02x10: (Oct/17/1998) Voiced  General Warning / Narrator 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Peter Graves 03x30: (Feb/26/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Burke's Law (1994) (1994) 
  Who Killed the Toy Maker? 02x09: (Jun/15/1995) As Unknown 

The Golden Girls (1985) 
  Mother Load 07x06: (Oct/26/1991) As Jerry Scott 

War and Remembrance (1988) 
  Part I 01x01: (Nov/13/1988) As Palmer Kirby 

Life with Lucy (1986) 
  Love Among the Two-by-Fours 01x03: (Oct/04/1986) As Ben Marshall 

Hammer House of Mystery & Suspense (1984) 
  Tennis Court 01x13: (May/09/1986) As John Bray 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Lovers and Other Killers 01x06: (Nov/18/1984) As Dr. Edmund Gerard 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Nurses Night Out 07x03: (Oct/22/1983) As Unknown 
  A Very Strange Affair/The Sailor 05x10: (Jan/02/1982) As Captain Erik Von Voorten 
  Nona/One Million B.C. 03x20: (Mar/01/1980) As Ned J. Scott 
  Hit Man/The Swimmer 03x01: (Sep/07/1979) As Jack Summers 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  Details at Eleven 01x01: (Nov/24/1981) As Wade Christian 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  The Promoter/The Judges/The Family Plan/Forever Engaged/May the Best Man Win (2) 04x03: (Nov/01/1980) As Carl Lawrence 
  The Promoter/The Judges/The Family Plan/Forever Engaged/May the Best Man Win (1) 04x02: (Nov/01/1980) As Carl Lawrence 
  Tony's Family/The Minister and the Stripper/Her Own Two Feet 02x10: (Nov/18/1978) As Rev. Gerald Whitney 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) 
  Return of the Fighting 69th 01x08: (Oct/25/1979) As Noah Cooper 

The Sonny & Cher Show (1976) 
  Show 31 02x20: (Feb/25/1977) As Himself 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Dennis Weaver 01x36: (Apr/19/1976) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (1971) (1971) 
  Greg Morris 02x01: (Oct/01/1972) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Peter Graves / Alice Ghostley / Kelly Garrett / Al Cappo / Jeannie Burnier 07x12: (Dec/02/1971) As Himself 
  Peter Graves / Jill St. John / Paul Lynde / Kathleen Freeman 06x12: (Dec/03/1970) As Himself 
  Petula Clark / Peter Graves / Gale Gordon 05x15: (Jan/08/1970) As Himself 
  Peter Graves, Peggy Lee, Minnie Pearl 04x23: (Mar/06/1969) As Himself 

Funny Face (1971) 
  A Star Is Born on a Stretcher 01x06: (Oct/23/1971) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 28th Annual Golden Globe Awards 28x01: (Feb/05/1971) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Mission: Impossible') 

Premiere (1968) 
  Call to Danger 01x01: (Jul/01/1968) As Jim Kingsley 

The Invaders (1967) 
  Moonshot 01x15: (Apr/18/1967) As Gavin Lewis 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  Rope of Gold 02x21: (Feb/12/1967) As Manning Fryes 

Twelve O'Clock High (1964) 
  A Long Time Dead 03x16: (Jan/06/1967) As Captain Cal Dula 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  Run a Crooked Mile 03x06: (Oct/20/1966) As Logan Harris, [Special Guest Stars]

Run for Your Life (1965) 
  The Dark Beyond the Door 02x05: (Oct/10/1966) As Jim Carlson 

Branded (1965) 
  The Assassins (2) 02x29: (Apr/03/1966) As Senator Keith Ashley 
  The Assassins (1) 02x28: (Mar/27/1966) As Senator Keith Ashley 

Laredo (1965) 
  That's Noway, Thataway 01x18: (Jan/20/1966) As Ben Conrad, [Special Guest Stars]

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  The Siege of Boonesborough 01x24: (Apr/10/1964) As Daniel Boone 
  Kentucky's Bloody Ground 01x23: (Apr/03/1964) As Daniel Boone 

The Virginian (1962) 
  A Matter of Destiny 02x21: (Feb/19/1964) As Robert Gaynor 

The Farmer's Daughter (1963) 
  The Playboy of Capitol Hill 01x21: (Feb/12/1964) As Unknown 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  The Case Against Paul Ryker (2) 01x02: (Oct/17/1963) As Major Frank Whitaker 
  The Case Against Paul Ryker (1) 01x01: (Oct/10/1963) As Major Frank Whitaker 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  I'll Be the Judge, I'll Be the Jury 01x21: (Feb/15/1963) As Mark Needham 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Hell is Empty, All the Devils are Here 02x31: (May/25/1962) As Peter Hale 
  You Never Had It So Good 02x20: (Feb/23/1962) As David Leland 'Lee' Fisk 

Cimarron City (1958) 
  The Unaccepted 01x21: (Feb/28/1959) As Jens 

Climax! (1954) 
  The Deadly Tattoo 04x30: (May/01/1958) As Steve Baxter 
  Carnival at Midnight 03x16: (Jan/03/1957) As Stanley 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  The Armed Venus 07x37: (May/23/1957) As Joel Barker 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Anna Hartley 03x03: (Sep/26/1956) As Paul Hartley 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  The Major of St. Lo 04x25: (Jun/05/1956) As Major Thomas D. Howie 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  The American 01x153: (Jun/05/1956) As guest star 

Celebrity Playhouse (1955) 
  East of Nowhere 01x24: (Mar/06/1956) As Unknown 

Studio One (1948) 
  Circle of Guilt 08x23: (Feb/20/1956) As Glenn 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Pearl Bailey, Red Skelton, Robert Mitchum 09x01: (Sep/25/1955) As Himself 

Fireside Theatre (1949) 
  Bitter Grapes 07x35: (Apr/26/1955) As Eddie 
  Bread Upon the Waters 06x44: (Jun/08/1954) As Lonnie Berghoff 
  Beyond the Cross 06x36: (Apr/13/1954) As Unknown 
  The Suitors 06x17: (Dec/15/1953) As Unknown 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Man Who Tore Down the Wall 04x26: (Apr/17/1955) As Dr. James Ewing 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  Sauce for the Gander 01x15: (Dec/28/1954) As Jim Bailey 

Biff Baker U.S.A. (1952) 
  The Jewel 02x05: (Nov/18/1954) As Unknown 

The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953) 
  Miss Darkness 01x14: (Jan/01/1954) As Unknown 
  Melody In Black 01x06: (Nov/06/1953) As Fred Crain 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Part of the Game 03x16: (Dec/18/1953) As guest star 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Kidnap 07x11 Dec/02/1972 As: Director
Gunsmoke (1955) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Which Doctor 11x26 Mar/19/1966 As: Director
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He is the brother of actor James Arness (from Gunsmoke).

He has been married to Joan Endress since December 16, 1950. They have three children, Kelly, Claudia and Amanda.

Peter has played the saxophone since he was in high school.

He is left-handed.

He almost didn't accept the famous role as "Captain Oveur" for the film Airplane!, because when he first read the script, he thought it was "the worst piece of junk" he'd ever seen.

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