Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves dies | Television & radio | The Guardian
I know James Arness and Peter Graves are real-life brothers and both have done a lot of TV and movies. Have they ever starred together?. PETER Graves, the tall, stalwart actor likely best known for his last name to avoid confusion with his older brother, actor James Arness, who. Brothers Peter Graves and James Arness with their dad. Peter . Peter Graves ( Mission Impossible) with brother James Arness (Gunsmoke) in WWII. James.
Graves portrayed the iconic character of James Phelps, the sometimes-gruff director of the Impossible Missions Forcefor the six following seasons of the series.
Graves also made a guest appearance in the teen soap opera Class of 74 in mid, playing himself. The World of Sciencebased on Discover Magazine. After playing mainly serious roles in the s, he appeared as Captain Clarence Oveur in the early s comedies Airplane!
Impossible series being commissioned. Graves was the only cast member from the original series to return as a regular, reprising his role as James Phelps, though others most notably Greg Morriswhose son Phil was a regular in this version made guest appearances.
The new version of Mission: Impossible lasted for two seasons, ending in Bookending his work on Mission: Impossible, Graves starred in two pilot films called Call to Danger, which were an attempt to create a Mission: Impossible—style series in which Graves played a government agent the Bureau of National Resources who recruited civilians with special talents for secret missions.
Impossible Dossier which White reports was actually the second such pilot, but Graves was not involved in the firstis credited with winning Graves the role of Phelps; after Mission: His height was also a factor in his casting in the title role of The Thing from Another Worldalso known as The Thing, which gave impetus to his career.
Arness himself found the part of the alien plant creature that feeds on human blood embarrassing, remarking that his make-up "made me look like a giant carrot".
In another sci-fi, Them! His father, a businessman, was of Norwegian origin, his mother, a journalist, had German ancestry.
James Arness - Biography - IMDb
His younger brother was the actor Peter Graveswho died last year. After high school he had various jobs, and for a time was a lumberjack.
When the US entered the second world war, he wanted to become a navy pilot, but his height disqualified him. He joined the army instead, and was awarded a Purple Heart after suffering serious injuries to his right leg during the invasion at Anzio, Italy. His wounds continued to bother him, and prevented him from mounting a horse, quite a handicap for a western hero. For almost a year he was in hospital, where nurses suggested that, with his sonorous voice, he ought to be in radio.
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Taking their advice, Arness became an announcer and disc jockey at a Minneapolis radio station, before deciding to try his luck in Hollywood. He made his screen debut, billed as James Aurness, simulating a Swedish accent, as one of Loretta Young's three beefy brothers in The Farmer's Daughter Big Jim McLain was the first of four films Arness made with his close buddy John Waynewhose rightwing ideology he shared.The Original 'Mission: Impossible' as a TV Crime Drama (2011)