Peter Graves
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Peter Graves

Actor Peter Graves was photographed in December 2009 at his home. Graves starred in the TV series “Mission: Impossible” and the films “Night of the Hunter” and “Stalag 17.” Graves was found dead Sunday at his Pacific Palisades home. He was 83. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
The “Mission: Impossible” cast in 1970 included Greg Morris, left, Lesley Warren, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Graves and Peter Lupus. (Mission Impossible)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rossie Harris and Peter Graves in a scene from the movie “Airplane!” Graves said he initially turned down the role because he thought it was in poor taste---until actors Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen signed on to the cast. (Airplane!)
Peter Graves , left, and Greg Morris headed the cast of the TV series “Mission: Impossible.” (Globe Photos)
Peter Graves in 1960. ()