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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010, 7 A.M.

Peter Graves dies in Los Angeles…

AP file photo (Mark Terrill / Associated Press)
AP file photo (Mark Terrill / Associated Press)

Good morning, Netizens...

Actor Peter Graves passed away yesterday of a probable heart attack, a few days before his 84th birthday in Los Angeles.

Did you know that actor Peter Graves, star of movies Mission Impossible, Stalag 17 and Airplane (and its sequel) was the brother of another famous star, James Arness, the star of Gunsmoke? You can see the familial resemblance in the schnoz I am told.

Before Graves long and illustrious career in television and movies, he was a champion hurdler in high school in Minnesota, as well as a clarinet player in dance bands and a radio announcer. After two years in the Air Force, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota as a drama major and worked in summer stock before following his older brother west to Hollywood.

Graves had a 60-plus year marriage to his childhood sweetheart, and had three daughters — Kelly Jean, Claudia King and Amanda Lee — and six grandchildren.

Somehow it just doesn't get much better than that.

Rest in Peace.


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