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    'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies in LA
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    LOS ANGELES Peter Graves, star of the television series "Mission Impossible" and the "Airplane" films, has died.

    Graves' publicist, Sandy Brokaw, says the actor died Sunday shortly after returning to his Los Angeles home from brunch with his family. He was 83.

    Graves was best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the long-running television series "Mission: Impossible."

    Normally cast as a hero, he turned in an unforgettable performance early in his career as the treacherous Nazi spy in Billy Wilder's 1953 prisoner-of-war drama "Stalag 17."

    He also masterfully lampooned his straight-arrow image when he portrayed bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 disaster movie spoof "Airplane!"

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    I hear he liked movies about gladiators...

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    And he was James Arness' brother (Matt Dillon).
    Apparently the Coen brothers had a difficult time convincing him to play in Airplane. He said he just wasn't comedy material. And they said that's what would make it so funny. He never did get it, but reportedly while watching himself for the first time, said, "Hey I'm pretty funny."

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    Apparently the Coen brothers had a difficult time convincing him to play in Airplane. He said he just wasn't comedy material.

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    Hey Thanks Put. I wonder where the hell that came from. I've thought that for many years.
    I hate the Coen brothers and ALL of their movies. I always thought I had to make an exception for Airplane!


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