Monday, March 15, 2010

Peter Graves, 1926-2010

Actor Peter Graves, who is probably best known for his role in the late 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible, died at his California home yesterday, a few days shy of his 84th birthday. However, he was in several movies before that which would be of interest to classic movie fans. He was one of the POWs in Stalag 17, as well as the bank-robbing father who gives his kids a wad of money to stuff in the daughter's doll in Night of the Hunter, from which the above photo is taken.

Graves was also part of the 1980 spoof Airplane!, playing pilot Clarence Oveur, whose food poisoning forces Ted Stryker into the pilot's seat. Before getting sick, though, Oveur has some memorable lines talking to a kid who just wanted to visit the cockpit. I don't know, however, if the kid likes gladiator movies.

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