Peter Graves

Highest Rated: 100% Wichita (1955)
Birthday: Mar 18, 1926
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The younger brother of Gunsmoke star James Arness, American actor Peter Graves worked as a musician and radio actor before entering films with 1950's Rogue River. At first, it appeared that Graves would be the star of the family, since he was cast in leads while brother Jim languished in secondary roles. Then came Stalag 17 (1953), in which Graves was first-rate as a supposedly all-American POW who turned out to be a vicious Nazi spy. Trouble was, Graves played the part too well, and couldn't shake the Nazi stereotype in the eyes of most Hollywood producers. Suddenly the actor found himself in such secondary roles as Shelley Winters' doomed husband in Night of the Hunter (1955) (he was in and out of the picture after the first ten minutes), while sibling James Arness was riding high with Gunsmoke. Dissatisfied with his film career, Graves signed on in 1955 for a network kid's series about "a horse and the boy who loved him." Fury wasn't exactly Citizen Kane, but it ran five years and made Graves a wealthy man through rerun residuals--so much so that he claimed to be making more money from Fury than his brother did from Gunsmoke. In 1966, Peter Graves replaced Steven Hill as head honcho of the force on the weekly TV adventure series Mission: Impossible, a stint that lasted until 1973. Though a better than average actor, Graves gained something of a camp reputation for his stiff, straight-arrow film characters and was often cast in films that parodied his TV image. One of the best of these lampoonish appearances was in the Zucker-Abrahams comedy Airplane (1980), as a nutty airline pilot who asks outrageous questions to a young boy on the plane (a part the actor very nearly turned down, until he discovered that Leslie Nielsen was co-starring in the film). Peter Graves effortlessly maintained his reliable, authoritative movie persona into the '90s and 2000s, and hosted the Biography series on A&E, for which he won an Emmy; he also guest-starred on programs including Cold Case, House and American Dad. Graves died of natural causes in March 2010, at age 83.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe - The Mortal Goddess Actor 2002
39% Men in Black II Himself $190.5M 2002
No Score Yet These Old Broads Bill 2001
28% House on Haunted Hill Himself 1999
No Score Yet Biography - Santa Claus Actor 1995
74% Addams Family Values Host 1993
No Score Yet Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 5 Actor 1992
No Score Yet I Hired a Contract Killer Jeweller 1990
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet Capt. P. Ferris 1987
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium Actor 1987
No Score Yet Zuijia paidang zhi nuhuang miling (Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street) (Mad Mission 3: Our Man from Bond Street) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Savannah Smiles Harland Dobbs 1982
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel Capt. Oveur 1982
55% The Hunter Actor 1980
97% Airplane! Capt. Oveur 1980
No Score Yet Survival Run Actor 1980
No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway Lieutenant Haller 1979
No Score Yet Parts, The Clonus Horror Jeff Knight 1979
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet Cruise Missile Actor 1978
No Score Yet SST: Death Flight (Flight of the Maiden) Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella General 1976
No Score Yet The Mysterious Monsters Host 1975
No Score Yet Paul and Michelle Sir Henry 1974
No Score Yet Where Have All the People Gone? Steven Anders 1974
No Score Yet Scream of the Wolf John Wetherby 1974
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Mark Jones 1972
No Score Yet The Adventurers Trustee Banker 1970
No Score Yet The Five Man Army (Un esercito di 5 uomini) Actor 1970
56% The Magic Christian Lord At Ship's Bar 1970
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname Bankman 1968
No Score Yet Sergeant Ryker Maj. Whitaker 1968
No Score Yet Mission Impossible Versus the Mob Actor 1968
No Score Yet The Jokers Mr. Tremayne 1967
No Score Yet The Ballad of Josie Jason 1967
50% How I Won the War Staff Officer 1967
No Score Yet Texas Across the River Stimpson 1966
96% Alfie Actor 1966
88% The Wrong Box Military Officer on Train 1966
No Score Yet A Rage to Live Jack Hollister 1965
No Score Yet Beginning of the End Dr. Ed Wainwright 1957
No Score Yet Bayou Martin Davis 1957
No Score Yet Death In Small Doses Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Admirable Crichton Brocklehurst 1957
No Score Yet Canyon River Bob Andrews 1956
80% It Conquered the World Dr. Paul Nelson 1956
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring) Joe McFarland 1955
100% Wichita Morgan Earp 1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday Peter Manning 1955
No Score Yet Robbers' Roost Heesman (Herrick's Foreman) 1955
100% The Long Gray Line Cpl. Rudolph Heinz 1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Capt. Elliott 1955
98% The Night of the Hunter Ben Harper 1955
No Score Yet Lilacs in the Spring (Let's Make Up) Actor 1954
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Sawyer 1954
No Score Yet Killers from Space Dr. Doug Paul Martin 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Capt. Dwyer 1954
No Score Yet Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Arnold 1953
No Score Yet War Paint Tolson 1953
97% Stalag 17 Price 1953
No Score Yet Red Planet Mars Chris Cronyn 1952
No Score Yet Fort Defiance Ned Tallon 1951
No Score Yet Encore Philip Cronshaw 1951
No Score Yet Spring in Park Lane Basil Maitland 1949
No Score Yet Maytime in Mayfair D'Arcy Davenport 1949
No Score Yet Mrs. Fitzherbert Prince of Wales 1947
No Score Yet Waltz Time Count Franz von Hofer 1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Your Sweetheart Jim Knight 1945
No Score Yet Bees in Paradise Peter Lovell 1944
No Score Yet Give Us The Moon Actor 1944
No Score Yet King Arthur Was a Gentleman Lance 1942
No Score Yet Kipps (The Remarkable Mr. Kipps) Sidney Revel 1941

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Director Jim Phelps Phelps James Phelps
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
The Colonel
  • 2007
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Noah Pool
  • 2006
91% House
2004-2012
Myron Myron Chase
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet War and Remembrance
1988-1989
Palmer Kirby
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Dr. Gerard
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Winds of War
1983
Fred "Palmer" Kirby
  • 1983
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979-1981
Maj. Noah Cooper
  • 1979
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet Biography
Host

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