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Peter Graves Biography

Birth Name:
Peter Aurness
Birth Place:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Fast Facts

  • In high school, he was captain of the track team and a high hurdler; won the state title in high hurdles his junior year
  • After high school, he joined the U
  • S
  • Army, where he played in the band
  • While his brother, James Arness, slightly altered the family name (Aurness) for his acting moniker, Peter decided to adopt his maternal grandfather's name, Graves
  • Made his film debut in 1951's Rogue River
  • Signature role was Jim Phelps on the TV series Mission: Impossible


  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: winner
  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 1970Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: nominated
  • 1969Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated