15 Mar 2010

Mission: Impossible actor Peter Graves dies

4:22 pm on 15 March 2010

Actor Peter Graves, who starred in the TV series Mission: Impossible, has died in his home in the United States at the age of 83.

He received a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as special agent Jim Phelps in the long-running series.

He also played bungling pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 film Airplane!

He was also known for his performance as a Nazi spy in the 1953 prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17.

The BBC reports the actor had a suspected heart attack outside his home after a meal with his family, about a week before his 84th birthday, said publicist Sandy Brokaw.