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Peter Graves

Highest Rated:   100% Alfie (1966)
Lowest Rated:   28% House on Haunted Hill (1999)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe - The Mortal Goddess
  • Actor
2002
39% Men in Black II
  • Himself
$190.4M 2002
No Score Yet These Old Broads
  • Bill
2001
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Himself
1999
No Score Yet Biography - Santa Claus
  • Actor
1995
78% 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 The Woman He Loved
  • Lord Reith
1988
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 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
54% How I Won the War
  • Staff Officer
1967
No Score Yet Texas Across the River
  • Stimpson
1966
100% 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
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Morgan Earp
1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday
  • Peter Manning
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 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Noah Pool
  • 2006
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Myron Myron Chase
  • 2005

Quotes from Peter Graves' Characters