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'Mission: Impossible' Star Graves Dead

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Mar 15, 2010 | 5:11am EDT

Peter GravesTV and movie veteran Peter Graves has died. He was 83.

The star of the Mission: Impossible TV series and Airplane! movies was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, just days before his 84th birthday. It is thought he died from a heart attack.

Born in 1926, Graves -- brother of character actor James Arness -- enjoyed a career in Hollywood spanning 60 years, which included playing Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible between 1967-1973.

He went on to become a cult comedy figure through his role as Captain Oveur in spoofs Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel. He later starred on TV show Biography for over a decade, winning an Emmy for his hosting duties on the series.

Graves was honored last year with the 2,391st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ojai Film Festival.

He is survived by wife Joan, their three daughters, Kelly, Claudia and Amanda, and six grandchildren.

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