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Published On: Mon, Apr 5th, 2010

Farewell Peter Graves and Robert Culp

Two iconic actors passed away recently and it’s only fitting to review their legacy.

Peter Graves


Graves, passing at age 83, will forever be remember for his role on the cool spy thriller TV series “Mission Impossible”, as the host and voice on A&E’s Biography and for his role in the parody “Airplane”

Graves in complete deadpan:

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

Some unique trivia about Graves:

  • Born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • his older brother is actor James Arness
  • served in the Army Air Forces 1944-1945
  • studied drama at the Univ. of Minnesota (G.I. Bill)

Some Peter Graves favorites that you may never have seen but I’d recommend:

  • “Stalag 17” – Thanks to my grandfather I have a love for war movies and this one is part Hogan Heroes with a nice dose of spy thriller. William Holden is great.
  • “The Night of the Hunter” – Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters headline a great film, one of the best suspense thrillers of that era that didn’t involve Alfred Hitchcock.
  • “Black Tuesday” – Graves is alongside Edward G. Robinson in a great crime drama which I’ll note, I can’t find on DVD.
  • “Men in Black 2” and “Looney Toons Back in Action” – I’m not really recommending the movies, as much as highlighting the distinct voice and presence of Graves in these films.

Robert Culp

Peter Graves help bring us “Mission Impossible” and Culp co-starred opposite Bill Cosby on “I Spy” — favorites in my childhood. Culp’s legacy grew as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on “Greatest American Hero” with William Katt.

Culp had an amazing an diverse career on television, starring on “Outer Limits”, “Golden Girls”, “Columbo”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Lois and Clark” and even an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”

Graves and Culp were two of those amazing actors that we seldom pay enough respect or appreciation for. I’ll miss them both.

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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