Peter Graves, age 83, has died. I have blog posts on these 3 of his Science Fiction appearances:
Red Planet Mars (1952)
Killers from Space (1954)
It Conquered the World (1956)
HT: SciFiWire: "Peter Graves, best known as Jim Phelps on the television program Mission: Impossible, was found dead Sunday."
New York Times: "He died of a heart attack at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., said Fred Barman, his business manager."
CNN: "Graves had been in good health and was celebrating 60 years of marriage and 60 years in the entertainment business. He was still pursuing work when he died, the publicist said."
EW: "He appeared in golden-age Hollywood classics like 1953’s Stalag 17 and 1955’s Night of the Hunter as well as a host of genre movies through the years, lending an air of seriousness to even the most trivial roles."
Variety: "Born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis, Graves entered showbiz at an early age -- he was a radio announcer at age 16."
BBC: ""He had this statesmanlike quality," publicist Brokaw told AP news agency. "People were always encouraging him to run for office. But he said: 'I like acting. I like being around actors."'"
Edward Copeland on Film, who notes that "Among his survivors is his older brother, actor James Arness."