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Actor Peter Graves dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- Veteran television and film actor Peter Graves has died.

A publicist reports the star of the television series "Mission: Impossible" and the "Airplane" films died Sunday shortly after returning to his Los Angeles home after brunch with his family. He was 83.

Early in his career, Graves turned an unforgettable performances as a Nazi spy in Billy Wilder's prisoner-of-war drama "Stalag 17" back in 1953.

But Graves is probably best known for playing Jim Phelps, leader of a group of special agents battling the bad guys in the long-running series "Mission: Impossible."

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