US Actor Peter Graves, star of the popular 1960’s TV series ‘‘Mission: Impossible’‘ has died. He was 83.
A spokesman said he had suffered an apparent heart attack at his home in LA after returning from a family brunch to celebrate his upcoming birthday.
Graves appeared in about 130 films and TV shows.
However, it will be for his role as Jim Phelps, the leader of the ‘‘Impossible Missions Force’‘ that he will probably be best remembered.
The TV spy drama always began with him receiving his team’s instructions on a tape that would self destruct.
He’s also famous for the 1980 spoof ‘‘Airplane’‘ in which he played the pilot of a seemingly doomed jet.
Graves said he initially wanted to turn down the role, but was persuaded that his deadpan delivery was exactly what was needed to make the movie work.