Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Mar. 18th, 1926
Born in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
6' 2"

Peter Graves' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Mission: Impossible (1966) TV Show
Mission: Impossible (1966)
Biography TV Show
Laredo TV Show
Fury TV Show
War and Remembrance TV Show
War and Remembrance
Mission: Impossible TV Show
Mission: Impossible
The Winds of War TV Show
The Winds of War
Life with Lucy TV Show
Life with Lucy
Kraft Suspense Theatre TV Show
Kraft Suspense Theatre
Funny Face TV Show
Funny Face
The Great Adventure TV Show
The Great Adventure
Court Martial (UK) TV Show
Court Martial (UK)
Whiplash (AU) TV Show
Whiplash (AU)

Main Movie Roles

2003 - Looney Tunes: Back in Action
1999 - House on Haunted Hill
1993 - Addams Family Values
1982 - Airplane II: The Sequel
1982 - Savannah Smiles
1980 - Airplane!
1975 - Sidecar Racers
1956 - It Conquered the World
1955 - The Night of the Hunter
1954 - Black Tuesday
1954 - Killers from Space
1953 - Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
1953 - Stalag 17
1952 - Red Planet Mars
1951 - Angels in the Outfield

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
John 'The Colonel' Camden
Leonard Culver
Himself - Narrator
Senator Keith Ashley
Peter Graves
Steve Baxter
Major Noah Cooper
Maj. Tom Howie
[Complete List]


While growing up in Minnesota, Peter Graves excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16 he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood, where he first appeared on television and later made his film debut in Rogue River (1951). Numerous film appearances followed, especially in Westerns. Graves is primarily recognized for his television work, however, particularly as Jim Phelps in "Mission: Impossible" (1966).

  • Uncle of Craig Aurness, 'Rolf Aurness' (qv) and 'Jenny Lee Arness' (qv).
  • Ex-brother-in-law of 'Virginia Chapman' (qv).
  • He directed the "Which Dr." episode of _"Gunsmoke" (1955)_ (qv), his older brother 'James Arness' (qv) being the star of that series.
  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role as "Jim Phelps" in _"Mission: Impossible" (1966)_ (qv).
  • Left handed
  • Daughters with Endress: Kelly, Claudia, and Amanda.
  • He said it was almost over for Captain Oveur before the movie _Airplane! (1980)_ (qv) took flight. Graves said he was astounded when his agent sent him the script for the 1980 spoof, and after reading it, he felt that it was "the worst piece of junk" he had ever seen. However, he changed his mind after meeting with the movie's writers, 'Jerry Zucker' (qv) and 'David Zucker (I)' (qv).
  • Brother of James Aurness, star of long running Gunsmoke TV series.

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