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Peter Graves Height, Weight, Age, Death, Net Worth, Family

Peter Graves Quick Info
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 95 kg
Date of Birth March 18, 1926
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Date of Death March 14, 2010

Peter Graves was an American actor, voice artist, and director known for playing Jim Phelps in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973 and in its revival from 1988 to 1990. His film credits include Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, The Raid, The Yellow Tomahawk, The Long Gray Line, The Night of the HunterThe Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, WichitaCanyon RiverA Stranger in My ArmsThe Ballad of JosieAirplane!, Airplane II: The SequelAddams Family Values, and Men in Black II.

Born Name

Peter Duesler Aurness

Other Name

Peter Graves

Peter Graves as seen in a publicity photo in 1967
Peter Graves as seen in a publicity photo in 1967 (Wire Photo / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on March 18, 1926.


On March 14, 2010, Peter Graves died of a heart attack at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He was just 4 days short of his 84th birthday.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


He resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.





Peter Graves studied at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated in 1944. Afterward, he attended the University of Minnesota on the G.I. Bill. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.


Actor, Voice Artist, Director


  • Father – Rolf Cirkler Aurness (1894-1982) (Businessperson)
  • Mother – Ruth (née Duesler) (d. 1986) (Journalist)
  • SiblingsJames Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) (Older Brother) (Actor, Producer)
  • Others – Virginia Chapman (Ex-Sister-In-Law, James’ Ex-Wife) (Actor), Rolf Aurness (Nephew), Jenny Lee Arness (May 23, 1950 – May 12, 1975) (Niece), Janet Surtees (Sister-In-Law, James’ Wife)

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $10 Million at the time of his death.



Peter Graves pictured with wife Joan Endress in October 2009
Peter Graves pictured with his wife Joan Endress in October 2009 (Angela George / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0)


6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm


95 kg or 209.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Peter Graves had dated –

  1. Betty Kelly – He reportedly once had an affair with singer Betty Kelly.
  2. Joan Endress (1950-2010) – In 1950, Peter Graves got married to Joan Endress and they had 3 daughters – Amanda Graves, Kelly Graves, and Claudia Graves. The marriage lasted until Peter’s death in 2010.

Race / Ethnicity


Peter Graves was of Norwegian, German, and English descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown (Natural)

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Broad shoulders
  • Deep commanding voice

Brand Endorsements

Peter Graves was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Lark cigarettes (Japan)
  • Metropolitan Mortgage (2000)
  • Beltone hearing aids (2002)
  • GEICO auto insurance (2006)
  • American Advisors Group (AAG) Reverse Mortgages (2009-2010)



Peter Graves as seen with Peggie Castle (aka Peggy Castle) on a lobby card for the 1957 film 'Beginning of the End'
Peter Graves as seen with Peggie Castle (aka Peggy Castle) on a lobby card for the 1957 film ‘Beginning of the End’ (Unknown (Republic Pictures) / eBay / Public Domain)

Peter Graves Facts

  1. For his stage name, he used the last name “Graves” in order to honor his maternal family as well as to not be confused with his older brother James Arness.
  2. From 1944 to 1945, Peter Graves served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He reached the rank of corporal and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
  3. Along with Doris Day, George Kennedy, Andy Devin, William Talman, and David Hartman, Peter Graves co-starred as Jason Meredith in the 1967 Technicolor comedy Western film The Ballad of Josie.
  4. He was honored with the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1972.
  5. He brought to life the character of Captain Clarence Oveur in the parody film Airplane! in 1980. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty.
  6. Peter Graves was hospitalized on March 6, 1984, at Tahoe Forest Hospital for a fractured jaw and other injuries sustained from a fall on an icy Lake Tahoe road the previous weekend. He subsequently received 100 stitches in his lower lip.
  7. He was friends with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Telly Savalas, Bob Hope, William Holden, Gary Cooper, Robert Mitchum, Van Heflin, William Shatner, Angie Dickinson, Clint Walker, Walter Matthau, Joan Collins, Shirley Jones, Doris Day, Martin Landau, and Leonard Nimoy.
  8. Graves did voiceover work for the video game Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust in 2009.
  9. He was a registered Republican.
  10. On October 30, 2009, Peter Graves was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Featured Image by Wire Photo / eBay / Public Domain

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