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Daughters with Endress: Kelly, Claudia and Amanda Graves.

He said it was almost over for Capt. Clarence Oveur before the movie Airplane! (1980) 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 and David Zucker.

Although he and older brother James Arness never acted onscreen together, Graves did direct him in Gunsmoke: Which Dr. (1966).

Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1966).

Uncle of Craig Aurness, Rolf Aurness and Jenny Lee Arness.

Ex-brother-in-law of Virginia Chapman.

Interviewed in "Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 2005).

Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 30, 2009.

Words of remembrance tribute provided by critic Richard Corliss for "Time" magazine's milestones section (Issue: March 29, 2010).

He was a registered Republican.

Died on March 14, 2010, just four days before his 84th birthday.

Acting mentor and friend of Lynda Day George.

Was a Boy Scout.

Upon his death, he was cremated. His ashes are in his family's possession.

He played a tuba in junior high; which was something he didn't enjoy, So his father gave him a clarinet.

Before he married Joan Graves; her parents asked Graves to get a steady job. He went to Los Angeles, California, to become an actor.

College classmate of Jack Smight.

Began his career as a contract player for Eagle-Lion Pictures in 1950.

Before he was a successful actor, he was in a post-band in Denver.

Before he was a successful actor, he worked in a variety of jobs, such as cab driver.

His father, Rolf Aurness, sold surgical instruments, and his mother, Ruth Duesler Graves, was a housewife. He was of Norwegian, German, and English descent.

In 1941, when he was fifteen, he become one of the youngest members of the Musicians' Union.

An athletic enthusiast.

During World War II he and his brother James Arness joined the US Army. Arness was an infantryman and was wounded in the battle of Anzio, Italy, while Graves was posted to the Army Air Force (which later became a separate branch of the US military).

Met Joan Graves while in college. She would be his wife for nearly 60 years, until Graves' own passing in 2010.

Acting ran in his family.

His mother cultivated a love for the arts in both he and older (by three years) brother James Arness.

When he was 12 he discovered the music of Benny Goodman, a jazz clarinetist. It made a lasting impression and led him to join the band in junior high.

Brother James Arness moved to Los Angeles, California before World War II; Graves moved there after the war, when he was discharged from the military.

While a member of the track team, he won the State High Hurdles Championship in his junior year of high school.

Phil Morris, the son of his future Mission: Impossible (1988) co-star Greg Morris, grew up with Graves' children and was said to be a huge fan of the show.

Was good friends with: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Bob Hope, William Holden, Gary Cooper, Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Van Heflin, Robert Fuller, William Shatner, Angie Dickinson, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, Clint Walker, Robert Conrad, Troy Donahue, Mike Connors, DeForest Kelley, Barbara Rush, Robert Goulet, Walter Matthau, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Joan Collins, Shirley Jones, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Doris Day, and Beverly Garland. As well as his 'Mission Impossible' co-stars Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Lynda Day George and Peter Lupus.

Peter Graves passed away only one year before his older brother James Arness. Peter Graves died in 2010 while James Arness died in 2011.

Bore slight resemblances to those of Buddy Ebsen and Martin Landau, who also starred in Mission: Impossible (1966) with him.

He was known to be a very private man.

Was hospitalized at Tahoe Forest Hospital for a fractured jaw with other injuries endured from a fall on icy Lake Tahoe[March 1984].

He never appeared in a film nominated for Best Picture Academy Award.

He was left-handed.