Born Peter Aurness he was known to the world as Peterand for fans of “Mission Impossible” as Mr. Phelps died Sunday at the age of 83 from an apparent heart attack. Graves, he took the name from his grandfather, was returning from an outing with his family when he collapsed just before entering his home. The actor would have turned 84 on Thursday March 18.
As a youngster, Graves was an athlete and musician. After a tour with the Air Force, Graves returned to his home of Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota before turning his hand to acting.
While his most famous role did not come until 1966 when he took over the role of team leader as Mr. Phelps in the hit television series “Mission Impossible”. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning television series featured a team of spies who thwarted the antics of evil doers each week using what was at the time futuristic methods of masks and high-tech devices.
Graves is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Joan Endress and his three daughters Kelly, Claudia, and Amanda. Graves is the younger brother of “Gunsmoke” star.
Good evening Mr. Phelps.