|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2010|
Los Angeles County
Actor. Born Peter Aurness, he participated in athletics and was an accomplished musician before beginning his career as a radio announcer, where he utilized his robust speaking voice. After studying drama at the University of Minnesota, he followed his older brother James Arness into the entertainment industry, when he broke into films with his motion picture debut in "Rogue River" (1951). Throughout the 1950s, he appeared in routine movies and had a memorable role as 'Price' the German informer in the picture "Stalag 17" (1953). The decade also saw Graves appear on the small screen, with a featured role in the series "Fury" (1955 to 1960), as well as guest performances in other programs. It would be the role of 'Jim Phelps' on the popular series "Mission: Impossible" (1967 to 1973), for which TV audiences would most identify him with. A later generation would fondly remember him for his comical performance in the movie "Airplane!" (1980), its sequel in 1982, and for his narration work in the "Biography" series with the Arts and Entertainment Network. He remained busy in a large range of TV and film roles from the 1970s until his death, including "The Winds of War" (1983), and an updated version of "Mission: Impossible" (1988 to 1990), repeating his character from the original series. He died from natural causes. (bio by: C.S.)
Rolf Cirkler Aurness (1894 - 1982)
Ruth Eleanore Duesler Salisbury (1899 - 1986)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Mar 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49713393
Added by: Anonymous
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