R.I.P., Peter Graves.
Graves was a terrific actor. Great range. Playing it straight in My Friend Flicka and MI. Then showing of his comedic skills in Airplane, which gave me more laughs per minute than any other flick.
Terry, you have your horses mixed up. Peter Graves starred in “Fury,” which debuted in 1955, a year before Flicka. My mind is jam packed with semi-useless information. Really, bursting at the seams.
I think Peter Graves was born 50, I dont think he has any childhood photos.
I was sad to hear about his passing this weekend, he could be taken seriously in dramatic roles and was funny as hell in comedies.
I still don’t understand why he wasn’t offered a role in the MI movies that Cruise made, I always thought that was bad move and the movies suffered because of it. Come to think of it,they probably suffered for alot of other reasons as well.
Born 50. Very funny. He did have that air about him, didn’t he?
He did …. or maybe it was that he had that hair?
I was hoping to have hair like that some day. Oh well.
My bad. At least I didn’t have him starring in Mr. Ed.
Casting Peter Graves in the oh-so-politically incorrect role was a brilliant move. Just like with Lloyd Bridges, they played characters so diametrically oppossed to their on-screen personnas – and the result was outstanding.
I can still remember sitting in the Balboa theater in Newport Beach, CA on a Saturday night laughing to the point of tears (along with the rest of the audience) at the performances of Graves and Bridges. To this day, when the stress levels begin to rise, I think, “I picked a hell of day to give up sniffing glue” which immediately makes me smile and calm down.
It takes a well-based individual to play that kind of role and pull it off. Given his long term marriage and relationship with his kids, is sounds like Peter Graves was that kind of man.
My grandpa rest his soul loved Mission Impossible. But he called it impossible, impossible. Gotta love that broken English with an Italian accent.
Enjoy those memories, Bob.
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