Peter Graves (born Peter Duesler Aurness; March 18, 1926 - March 14, 2010) was an American voice actor on the animated series The Angry Beavers.

Early life

Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[1][2] the son of Rolf Cirkler Aurness (1894–1982), a businessman, and his wife Ruth (née Duesler, died 1986), a journalist. Graves' ancestry was Norwegian, German, and English. The family name originally was "Aursnes", but when Rolf's Norwegian father, Peter Aursnes, immigrated to New York City in 1887, he changed the spelling.[3] Peter used the stage name "Graves", a maternal family name,[4] to honor his mother's family, and also so as to not be confused with his older brother, James Arness, the star of the television series Gunsmoke.

Graves graduated from Southwest High School in 1944, and spent two years in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota on the G.I. Bill, and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Personal life

Graves was a devout Christian.[5] He was married to Joan Endress Graves from 1950[2] until his death.


After returning from a brunch on March 14, 2010, Graves collapsed and died of a heart attack at the age of 83, four days before his 84th birthday.[6]


Graves was awarded a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible.[7] He also received nominations for an Emmy Award[8] and Golden Globe awards[9] in other seasons of that show. Graves also won a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in 1997 as host of Biography.[7]

Characters portrayed

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  1. "Peter Graves: Biography". Yahoo! Movies.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Peter Graves Biography". Film Reference.
  3. Ancestry of James Arness
  4. James Arness, James E. Wise Jr. (2001) "James Arness: an Autobiography", ISBN 0-7864-1221-6, McFarland & Company Inc..
  5. Ronald Bergan. "Peter Graves obituary". the Guardian.
  6. My-Thuan Tran (March 15, 2010). "Peter Graves dies at 83; star of TV's 'Mission: Impossible". Los Angeles Times.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Michael Pollak (March 15, 2010). "Peter Graves, 'Mission: Impossible' Star, Dies at 83". The New York Times.
  8. "Emmy Awards 1969". IMDb.
  9. "Mission: Impossible". Golden Globe awards.

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