Peter Graves

Actor, TV host, Narrator
Few actors were able to convey a sense of gravitas like the tall, dignified Peter Graves. Brother of actor James Arness, Graves was readily remembered as one of the hosts on "Biography" (A&E, 1987-2006), where he ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (329)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

7th Heaven 1995 - 2002, 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

House 2005 (Tv Show)

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Biography: 15 Years and Counting 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Don't Ask Don't Tell 2002 (Movie)

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Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Frances Farmer: Paradise Lost 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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James Garner: A Maverick Spirit 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Janet Gaynor: A Star Was Born 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Jean Simmons: Picture Perfect 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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John Forsythe: Gentleman John 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Lee Marvin: Hollywood's Straight Shooter 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Mitzi Gaynor: Hollywood's Cockeyed Optimist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Barbara Eden: Out of the Bottle 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Deborah Kerr: Getting to Know Her 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Don Knotts: Nervous Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Ernest Borgnine: Hollywood's Uncommon Character 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Joan Crawford 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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John Ford: An American Icon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Martha Raye: In Love and War 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Ray Walston: No Antennae, Please 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dinah Shore 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Elizabeth Montgomery: A Touch of Magic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Geraldo Rivera 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Hayley Mills 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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John Wayne: The Unquiet American 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Lesley Ann Warren: A Cinderella Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Mary Tyler Moore: All American Girl 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Raquel Welch 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Rock Hudson: Acting the Part 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Steve Rubell: Lord of the Disco 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Susan Hayward: The Brooklyn Bombshell 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Nicholas Brothers: Flying High 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Von Trapp Family: Harmony and Discord 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

William Holden: An Untamed Spirit 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ann-Margret: Sugar and Spice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Anthony Quinn 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Burke's Law 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Cary Grant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Denzel Washington 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diana: The True Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ernie Kovacs: Please Stand By 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Gene Hackman: Portrait of an Artist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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George C. Scott 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Greta Garbo: The Mysterious Lady 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Harrison Ford: The Reluctant Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ida Lupino: Through the Lens 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Jane Russell 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Joan Collins: A Personal Dynasty 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jonathan Winters: Without a Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Kirk Douglas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Mia Farrow: A Life of Drama 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Myrna Loy: A Class By Herself 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Phil Silvers: Top Banana 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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William Shatner 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Alice Faye: The Star Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Carmen Miranda: The South American Way 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Danny Thomas: Make Room For Danny 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Edward G. Robinson: Little Big Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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JFK: A Personal Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Jack Benny: Now Cut That Out! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Jackie Chan 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Kathie Lee Gifford: Having It All 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Marlon Brando: Breaking All the Rules 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Michael Douglas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Oscar Levant: Brillant Shadow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Peter Graves: Mission Accomplished 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Roseanne: Tabloids, Trash & Truth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sonja Henie: Fire on Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sylvester Stallone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tanya Tucker: Country Rebel 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Gambinos: First Family of Crime 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Tim Allen: Prince of Tools 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Tyrone Power: The Last Idol 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Wayne Newton: The King of Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Flex Appeal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Audie Murphy: Great American Hero 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Carl Reiner: Still Laughing 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Charles Manson: Journey into Evil 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Charles Schulz: A Charlie Brown Life 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Edgar Bergen: His Many Voices 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Edward VIII: Traitor King 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Henry VIII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Howard Stern: Radio Rebel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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James Bond: The Secret Life of 007 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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James Brown: The Godfather of Soul 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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James Earl Jones 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jamie Lee Curtis 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jean Harlow: Platinum Bombshell 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Leif Ericson: Voyages of a Viking 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Mel Torme 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Ponce DeLeon: The First Conquistidor 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Richard M. Nixon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Robin Hood: Outlaw of the Forest 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Roger Moore: A Matter of Class 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Sitting Bull: Chief of the Lakota Nation 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Susan B. Anthony: Rebel For the Cause 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Gettys: A Tragedy of Riches 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The James Gang: Outlaw Brothers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Zorro: Mark of the Z 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Albert Schweitzer: Darkness and Light 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Bette Davis: If Looks Could Kill 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Charlton Heston: For All Seasons 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Coco Chanel: A Private Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Daniel Boone 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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FDR: The War Years 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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FDR: Years of Crisis 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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General Douglas MacArthur: Return of a Legend 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Genghis Khan: Terror and Conquest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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George III: Mad or Maligned? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Ike & Monty: Generals at War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Jack the Ripper: Phantom of Death 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Jayne Mansfield: Love and Kisses 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Joan of Arc: The Making of a Saint 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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John Dillinger 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Larry King 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Lawrence of Arabia 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Lewis & Clark 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Lizzie Borden: A Woman Accused 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Louis Armstrong: Laughin' Louis 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Peter Sellers 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Roy Rogers: American Legend 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: Mr. Entertaiment 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Babe 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The History of Hamlet 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Freedom 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Tokyo Rose: Victim of Propaganda 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Van Cliburn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Bing Crosby: America's Crooner 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bruce Lee 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Diana: On Her Own 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Donald Sutherland: Give Me Your Answer True 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Donald Trump: Deal Maker 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Elizabeth Taylor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Gene Autry: The Singing Cowboy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek and Beyond 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Great Commanders: Julius Caesar 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Great Commanders: Napoleon 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Hillary Clinton 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Humphrey Bogart: Behind the Legend 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Madonna 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Milton Berle: Mr. Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Northern Lights 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Sid Caesar: Television's Comedy Genius 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Rockefellers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Vincent Price 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope: Thanks For the Memories 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Brigitte Bardot 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Elvis Presley 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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General William Westmoreland 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Great Commanders: Ulysses S. Grant 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Groucho Marx 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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James Cagney: City Boy, Country Gentleman 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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John Gotti 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Prince Andrew 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Shirley Temple Black 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Al Capone and Eliot Ness 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Churchill 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Franco: Behind the Myth 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Men in Space: From Goddard to Armstrong 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Ronald Reagan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Joe DiMaggio: The Way It Was 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Schwarzkopf 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union 1991 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Discover: The World of Science (01/03/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Elizabeth Arden 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Estee Lauder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Fergie: The Duchess of York 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Helena Rubinstein 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Mission: Impossible 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Discover: The World of Science (10/17/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Discover: The World of Science (11/14/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Discover: The World of Science (12/19/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

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The Law and Harry McGraw 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

Captain Ferris (Actor)

The 1987 Miss Universe Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Captain Oveur (Actor)

Savannah Smiles 1982 (Movie)

Harland Dobbs (Actor)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Captain Oveur (Actor)

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Guns and the Fury 1980 (Movie)

Mark Janzer (Actor)

Survival Run 1979 (Movie)

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The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Clonus Horror 1978 (Movie)

Jeff Knight (Actor)

SST -- Death Flight 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Dean's Place 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Mysterious Monsters 1975 (Movie)

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Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Sidecar Racers 1974 (Movie)

Carson (Actor)

Strange Places 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Call to Danger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Call to Danger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Five Man Army 1970 (Movie)

Duchman (Actor)

Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

Jim Phelps (Actor)

Sergeant Ryker 1968 (Movie)

Major Whittaker (Actor)

The Ballad of Josie 1967 (Movie)

Jason Meredith (Actor)

Fury 1955 - 1966 (TV Show)

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Stranded 1966 (Movie)

Ben Barstow (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Texas Across the River 1965 (Movie)

Capt Simpson (Actor)

A Rage to Live 1964 (Movie)

Jack Hollister (Actor)

Stranger in My Arms 1958 (Movie)

Donald Beasley (Actor)

Beginning of the End 1957 (Movie)

Ed Wainwright (Actor)

Cavalcade of America 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

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It Conquered the World 1956 (Movie)

Dr Paul Nelson (Actor)

The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955 (Movie)

Captain Elliott (Actor)

The Long Gray Line 1955 (Movie)

Corporal Rudolph Heinz (Actor)

The Naked Street 1955 (Movie)

Joe McFarland (Actor)

The Night of the Hunter 1955 (Movie)

Ben Harper (Actor)

Wichita 1955 (Movie)

Morgan Earp (Actor)

The Raid 1954 (Movie)

Captain Dwyer (Actor)

The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 (Movie)

Sawyer (Actor)

Beneath the 12 Mile Reef 1953 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

East of Sumatra 1953 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

Killers From Space 1953 (Movie)

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Stalag 17 1953 (Movie)

Price (Actor)

Red Planet Mars 1952 (Movie)

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Biography (TV Show)

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Dead Man on the Run (TV Show)

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Death Car on the Freeway (TV Show)

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Doris Day: It's Magic (TV Show)

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Encore (Movie)

Philip Cronshaw (Actor)

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

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Howard Hughes (TV Show)

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J. Edgar Hoover (TV Show)

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Jackie Robinson (TV Show)

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Maria Callas (TV Show)

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Muhammad Ali (TV Show)

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Onassis (TV Show)

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Scream of the Wolf (TV Show)

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The Best of Friends (TV Show)

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The Love Boat (TV Show)

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The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Show)

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The Rebels (TV Show)

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The Underground Man (TV Show)

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These Old Broads (TV Show)

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War and Remembrance (TV Show)

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Willie Nelson: My Life (TV Show)

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Other (6)

Barb Wire 1996 (Movie)

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Fargo 1996 (Movie)

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Kazaam 1996 (Movie)

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Loch Ness 1996 (Movie)

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French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

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Moonlight and Valentino 1995 (Movie)

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Biography

Few actors were able to convey a sense of gravitas like the tall, dignified Peter Graves. Brother of actor James Arness, Graves was readily remembered as one of the hosts on "Biography" (A&E, 1987-2006), where he solemnly intoned about the lives of public figures for over a decade. Prior to "Biography," Graves was a film and television star whose heyday came in the late-1960s with the hip Cold War spy drama, "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973). Before stardom, the actor struggled to make a name for himself by starring in a series of schlock horror films, some of which were lampooned on the cult series, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (KTMA-Comedy Central-Sci Fi Channel, 1988-1999). Regardless of such inauspicious beginnings, Graves was unafraid to poke fun of his persona, which he did to hilarious effect as the captain of a doomed passenger jet in "Airplane" (1980) and "Airplane II: The Sequel" (1982). Though not known for any award-worthy performances, Graves became engrained in pop culture - both as an understated comedic actor as well as a gifted dramatic performer.

Born March 26, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN, Graves was raised by his businessman father, Rolf, and journalist mother, Ruth. As a lad, he excelled in running track and playing the clarinet while attending Southwest High School, for whom he won the state high hurdles junior year. After graduation, Graves enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for two years, then studied drama at the University of Minnesota on the G.I. Bill before heading out to Hollywood to make his mark as an actor. His early years in the movie business were studded with fairly infamous low-budget stinkers, making him a minor trash-movie icon. He appeared in the communist-baiting "Red Planet Mars" (1952), followed by "Killers from Space" (1954), directed by Billy Wilder's younger brother W. Lee, which featured googly-eyed aliens in hooded sweatshirts and oven mitts. Graves had a pivotal role in the Roger Corman quickie "It Conquered The World" (1956), featuring a bizarre zucchini-shaped monster threatening the Earth, as well as a turn in the grasshopper-turned-mutated monster flick, "The Beginning Of The End" (1957). Both films later had the dubious distinction of being featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Also in 1957, Graves was also seen as a well-meaning Yankee opposite an out-of-control Timothy Carey in "Poor White Trash."

At the same time that Graves was appearing in such sci-fi hokum, he was also tackling roles with more dramatic heft, including various appearances on "Fireside Theater" (CBS, 1949-1955) and the wholesome children's series "Fury" (NBC, 1955-1960), on which he played a rancher and the adoptive father of a young boy (Bobby Diamond) who rescues and befriends a wild horse. Upping his profile, Graves made notable appearances throughout the 1950s, playing the German mole Price in "Stalag 17" (1953) and Capt. Elliot in Otto Preminger's somewhat heavy-handed courtroom drama, "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell" (1955). One of his most interesting roles, though, was playing the flawed, weak-willed father Ben Harper in Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter" (1955). The film was a huge flop upon its release, resulting in Laughton never being allowed to direct another one. But its formal, lyrical tone and fable-like storytelling have made it a must-see in film studies ever since. In the film, Graves' character Harper was hauled off by the sheriff early in the movie, ruining his kids' innocence and leaving them $10,000 and a terrible secret to keep. Though his screen time was brief, Graves was searing and intense as the doomed Harper.

Graves started the 1960s with a performances as Christopher Cobb in the Australian television series, "Whiplash" (ATV, 1960-61). This Aussie take on the Western depicted Cobb using a bullwhip rather than a pistol and taking on all comers in his efforts to establish the first stagecoach line in the country. But it was "Mission: Impossible" that gave Graves his breakthrough role. Wildly popular, "M:I" became ensconced in the pop-culture fabric of the decade, from Lalo Schifrin's theme music to the phrase "Your mission, should you choose to accept it " to the tape recorder whose reels would go up in a puff of smoke "in five seconds." In the Cold War-era spy series, Graves played Jim Phelps, the cool-headed leader of the Impossible Mission Force, which pulled together various specialists to carry out top secret missions for the U.S. government. Creator Bruce Geller made it a point to keep the show's characters rather shallow and mysterious, in keeping with the spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold culture of the time. Graves' performance brought him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in 1971. The show proved memorable enough to warrant a revival series (ABC, 1988-1990), with only Graves returning from the original cast, and four feature films. Fans of the original show criticized the movie franchise for its reliance on Tom Cruise's star power, and rampant explosions and gunplay. Notably, none of the show's original cast members have shown up in cameos in the feature films, though Graves was reportedly asked to play Phelps, which he turned down because the first feature depicted him as a villain.

In 1980, Graves was approached with what he regarded as "the worst piece of junk he had ever seen" - which turned out to be the script for "Airplane." He changed his mind, however, after a meeting with the movie's creators, Jerry and David Zucker, and came onboard as Capt. Oveur, the stolid airline pilot who has to ride herd on all sorts of airborne emergencies in the ridiculous spoof of 1970s disaster movies. The movie's mile-a-minute gags, puns and double entendres proved to be a huge hit, enough to warrant the equally funny "Airplane II: The Sequel." It also showed that the normally stony Graves had some comedic chops and was far from being too proud to poke fun at himself. Meanwhile, aside from a role in the spoof "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1998), Graves began to keep away from features. In 1989, Graves began his long stint as host of "Biography," a documentary television series that featured long, in-depth looks at celebrities, politicians and other iconic figures. In Graves' 12 years as host, he delved into numerous lives, including Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Groucho Marx, Madonna, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Mel "The Velvet Fog" Torme, Mia Farrow and Tom Hanks, to name a few.

As the new millennium came into being, the aging Graves began to slow down his career, putting in occasional television appearances while holding down his "Biography" gig. He did become a regular on the feel-good family drama, "7th Heaven" (CBS, 1997-2007), playing John "The Colonel" Camden, the Marine father of the Reverend Eric Camden (Stephen Collins), whose brood of seven deals with a moral or controversial issue each week. After appearing in the uneven "Men In Black II" (2002), playing the host of a "Biography"-style expose' program, Graves returned to the small screen for guest shots on "House" (Fox, 2004-), "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003- ) and "American Dad" (Fox, 2004- ). Meanwhile, Graves left "Biography" in 2001, and five years later, the show was effectively canceled by A&E, although it lived on exclusively on The Biography Channel with new hosts and voiceover talent.

Though largely retired in his later years, Graves did turn up in a spoof of his "Airplane" role in a web-only video promotion for AirTran Airways' in-flight Internet service. He also served as the spokesperson for mortgage lender, American Advisors Group, in the summer of 2009, after which he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later that October. But on March 14, 2010, Graves collapsed in the driveway of his Pacific Palisades home after having Sunday brunch with his family to celebrate his upcoming birthday. One of his daughters found him outside unresponsive and performed emergency CPR to no avail. Initial reports indicated that Graves was in good health and may have died of an apparent heart attack. He was 83.

Relationships

Claudia King Graves

Daughter
Mother, Joan Endress

Kelly Jean Graves

Daughter
Mother, Joan Endress

Rolf C Aurness

Father
Died in July 1982

Ruth E Aurness

Mother
Died in September 1986

Amanda Lee Graves

Daughter
Mother, Joan Endress

James Arness Actor

Brother
Best known as the star of the long-running TV Western "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-75) Best known for starring in the TV series "Mission Impossible"

Joan Endress

Wife
Married from December 16, 1950 until his death on March 14, 2010

EDUCATION

Southwest High School

Minneapolis , Minnesota 1944

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis , Minnesota 1949
Member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity

Milestones

2009

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2002

Parodied his Biography work in the film "Men in Black II," hosting an exposé television show

1997

Had a recurring role as Colonel John Camden on the WB series, "7th Heaven"

1994

Hosted the NBC documentary special, "The Unexplained: Witches, Werewolves & Vampires... Are They Real?"

1994

Provided the voices of General Sherman and General McClellan for "Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War," a miniseries on The Learning Channel

1992

Narrated the documentary feature, "The Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union"

1989

Hosted the revival of "Biography," a documentary profile series on A&E

1988

Reprised the role of Jim Phelps for the ABC revival of "Mission: Impossible"

1988

Reprised the role of Palmer Kirby for the ABC sequel miniseries, "War and Remembrance"

1983

Appeared as Palmer Kirby in the ABC blockbuster miniseries, "The Winds of War"

1982

Reprised the role of Captain Oveur for "Airplane II: The Sequel"

1980

Starred as Captain Oveur in the hit feature comedy, "Airplane!"

1979

Appeared as Major Noah Cooper, commander of the Fighting 69th squadron, in the NBC TV series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

1975

Starred in the ABC TV-movie, "Dead Man on the Run," as a special government agent

1974

Miscast as private eye Lew Archer in the pilot, "The Underground Man" (Brian Keith as cast in the subsequent series)

1973

Starred as Douglas Warfield, an undercover federal agent, in the CBS TV-movie pilot, "Call to Danger"

1973

Hosted and narrated "Strange Places," a syndicated documentary series

1968

Reprised the role of Jim Phelps in the feature "Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob"

1968

Starred as Jim Kingsley in "Call to Danger," the initially unaired pilot for "Mission: Impossible," which aired as part of the summer replacement series "Premiere"

1967

Joined the cast of the popular espionage series "Mission: Impossible" (CBS) during its second season as special agent Jim Phelps; earned Golden Globe (1969, 1970) and Emmy (1969) nominations for Best Actor

1965

Reprised role as Maj. Frank Whittaker in "Court-Martial," a mid-season replacement series on ABC

1963

Co-starred as Maj. Frank Whittaker in "Court-Martial," the pilot for a military legal series (aired as two episodes of NBC's "Kraft Suspense Theater")

1960

Starred in the syndicated Australia adventure series, "Whiplash," as a pioneering stage coach company owner

1955

Debut as a TV series regular, played the rancher and adoptive single father in NBC's Western series, "Fury" (retitled Brave Stallion in syndication runs)

1955

Played a father on the run from the law in Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter"

1953

Had a memorable supporting role as a German spy in Billy Wilder's "Stalag 17"

1952

First starring role in a film, "Red Planet Mars"

1950

Film acting debut, "Rogue River"

Worked as a radio announcer while in college

Acted in summer stock

Played with bands

Hosted "Discover: The World of Science," a series of documentary specials on PBS

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with British actor Peter Graves who died in 1994 or the marketing executive of the same name

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Graves was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for 1968 from the University of Minnesota

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