Minnesota Native Peter Graves DiesA Minnesota native who starred in the TV series "Mission Impossible" and the "Airplane" films has died.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Minnesota native who starred in the TV
series "Mission Impossible" and the "Airplane" films has died.
Peter Graves was 83 years old.
Graves' publicist says the actor died Sunday shortly after
returning to his Los Angeles home from brunch with his family.
Graves was born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis. He was a champion
hurdler in high school in Minnesota, as well as a clarinet player
in dance bands and a radio announcer.
After two years in the Air Force, he enrolled at the University
of Minnesota as a drama major and worked in summer stock before
following his brother west to Hollywood.
Graves married his college sweetheart, Joan Endress, and
credited his marriage of nearly 60 years to the couple's Midwestern