Even while defeating giant grasshoppers he exuded class, but Peter Graves was best known for battling and out-witting evil-doers, spies and bad-guys for years in television’s “Mission Impossible.” Refined and respected for all his fine roles, actor Peter Graves passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
Peter Graves’ credits spanned more than half a century, and he had some nice parts in films that would appeal to readers of Horror happenings. In 2002, he could be seen in “Men In Black II” and in the 90’s he had screen appearances in ’93’s “Addams Family Values” and 99’s “House on Haunted Hill.” That same year, “The Unexplained: Witches, Werewolves & Vampires” was the title of the 1999 documentary hosted by Graves. Twenty years prior, he starred in the sci-fi/horror film “The Clonus Horror.” In 1974, he starred in “Scream of the Wolf” and in 1975, he narrated “The Mysterious Monsters.” Prior to that, his TV credits included an Alfred Hitchcock appearance and an episode of “The Invaders.”
Peter Graves’ very first genre credits were leads in 1952’s “Red Planet Mars” and “Killers From Space” in 1954. Later in the 50’s, Peter starred in Bert I. Gordon’s “Beginning of The End” (those dastardly giant grasshoppers!) and Roger Corman’s “It Conquered The World” (“it” really didn’t).
Another fine actor will be missed by many.
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