Sunday, March 14, 2010

Actor Peter Graves found dead at his home in Pacific Palisades

March 14, 2010 |  5:08 pm
Lanow.graves Actor Peter Graves was found dead Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, according to law enforcement sources. Graves, who stared in "Mission: Impossible," "Airplane!" and Billy Wilder's "Stalag 17"--apparently died of natural causes, the sources said.
Graves was 83, according to a biography on the website
In a Times story late last year, Graves said he initially turned down the role for "Airplane!" because he thought it was in poor taste--until actors Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen signed on to the cast. "They say you are supposed to stretch as an actor, so let's go stretch it," he told The Times' Susan King.
A full obituary is coming shortly from The Times.
--Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa

Actor Peter Graves holds a replica plaque during dedication ceremonies for Graves' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles. His movie career spanned classics such as "Stalag 17" to comedies such as "Airplane!", but he is best remembered by many as the head of the "Mission: Impossible" force in the 1960s and 70s. UPI/Jim Ruymen.

1 comment:

Terry Nelson said...

I know you love the scene at 1:50 in Airplane. ROFLOL!