RIP: Peter Graves

RIP: Peter GravesFor horror fans everyone who ever contributed to our genre is important, even if it was for only a couple of films. Legendary actor Peter Graves cut his teeth in the biz battling all manner of creatures during the Fifties and Sixties, and we’re sad to say he’s no longer with us.

Best known to fans from the Airplane! films, and as James Phelps on the hit television show “Mission: Impossible”, Graves could also be seen back in the day fighting giant grasshoppers in The Beginning of the End, going toe-to-toe with The Eye Creatures, The Killers From Space, The Clonus Horror, and of course the hilarious looking psychic pointy headed alien veggie-monster from It Conquered the World.

Graves was found dead Sunday afternoon in front of his Pacific Palisades home from apparent natural causes. He was 83. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to send out our deepest condolences to Peter’s friends, family, and constituents.

Thanks for the memories. Rest easy. Godspeed.

Uncle Creepy

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

  • Gus Bjork

    Maybe he wasn’t the best actor but Peter Graves was one of those genre actors who always made even the worst movie better just by being in it.

  • Emy

    Rest in peace Sir.


    , you’re a scientist, you know what grasshoppers can do. I’m a soldier, I know what guns can do…… from The BEGINNING of the End.one of my all time favorites.Only Peter Graves could save us from the giant Grasshopper invasion.
    My condolences to his family.

  • Cinemascribe

    Elaine: “Sir, we’re out of options!”
    Capt.Oveur: “I see. What are our options?”

    – Airplane II:The Sequel

    R.I.P. man.

  • Terminal

    He was a superb actor. I’ll always remember him from Killers from Space and Airplane!

    “Joey, do you like movies about Gladiators?”
    “Joey, ever been to a Turkish prison?”

    “You ever been in a cockpit before?”
    “No sir, I’ve never been up in a plane before.”
    “You ever seen a grown man naked?”