If you’re too young to remember the 60′s, 70′s, or even 80′s, Peter Graves‘ name might not sound familiar, but for those of you who were around then, he was an icon. The actor who was best known for his role on the popular series “Mission Impossible” was found dead at his home in the Pacific Palisades on Sunday. If he had survived, he would have celebrated his 84th birthday this week.

Graves cause of death was a heart attack according to his publicist Sandy Brokaw. The actor was returning from Sunday brunch with his wife and kids when he collapsed outside, due to severe chest pains. One of his daughters quickly tried to administer CPR, but couldn’t revive him. A family doctor then arrived on the scene and cited that cardiac arrest was behind his fall.

Graves’ career spanned over 60 years and included several TV shows and films. He was the younger brother of actor, James Arness (from “Gunsmoke” fame), who had many memorable roles to his credit. Besides playing Jim Phelps, the leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in “Mission: Impossible, he also had a role in Billy Wilder’s 1953 prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17. But my favorite role of Graves was the bumbling captain, Clarence Oveur in 1980′s Airplane!.

The actor is survived by his wife of over 50 years Joan Endress, and their three daughters Kelly Jean, Claudia King and Amanda Lee – and six grandchildren. RIP Peter Graves.

What was your favorite Peter Graves role?

Source: The Huffington Post