Graves played leader Jim Phelps in the "Mission: Impossible" series for six seasons, and then returned in 1988 for ABC's remake of the series. He also starred as Capt. Clarence Oveur in the 1980 comedy Airplane! and its sequel.
Born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis, Graves entered showbiz at an early age -- he was a radio announcer at age 16. Following a stint in the Air Force, he studied drama at the U. of Minnesota. Upon graduation he came to Hollywood, where his older brother James
Among his film credits were a German spy in 1953's Stalag 17, directed by Billy
In the 1960s, he turned to TV and played the lead in NBC series "Fury," as well as "Whiplash" in 1960-61. He had recurring roles on "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island" and "7th Heaven."
In later years, Graves was the host of "Biography" on