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Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves passed away Sunday, after suffering from a heart attack outside his Los Angeles home. He would have been 84 this week.
According to the actor's publicist, Graves, best known for his work as Jim Phelps, the leader of the special agents on the Mission: Impossible television show, had just returned from brunch with his wife and kids and collapsed before he made it into the house. One of his daughters attempted CPR but was unable to revive him.
Graves' career in television and movies spanned over 60 years, with notable performances in Billy Wilder's 1953 prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17, and the classic 1980 comedy spoof, Airplane!
Later in life, Graves appeared in numerous commercials and was often encouraged to go into politics.
"He had this statesmanlike quality," the actor's rep said. "People were always encouraging him to run for office. But he said, 'I like acting. I like being around actors.'"
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