Scott on March 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Actor Peter Graves has died at the age of 83. Although for most people my age he was associated with the movies AIRPLANE and AIRPLANE II – THE SEQUEL playing Captain Oveur, I remember him best as Jim Phelps in the television series Mission: Impossible. Back when I was little, the characters in Mission: Impossible were cool beyond cool. My friends and I spent many hours playing in our neighborhood, acting out spy scenarios and thinking of ways to make our unfolding adventures fold back on themselves so that things weren’t quite what they seemed, just like in an episode of M:I.
Graves was also really solid in the movie Stalag 17, which is one of the first WWII movies I remember seeing on t.v.
Now I think if John was writing this post, he might also be talking about three of Graves’ earlier works, the B-Movie films It Conquered the World, Beginning of the End and Red Planet Mars. He might even have a movie poster in his garage somewhere for one of those three. But since I am not the uber-geek that John is, I won’t put up any movie images from those flicks.
Anyhow, thank you, Peter Graves. You were one cool spy.
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