'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies in LA

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, Peter Graves poses during dedication ceremonies for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. His movie career spanned classics such as "Stalag 17" to comedies such as "Airplane!", but he is best remembered by many as the head of the "Mission: Impossible" force in the 1960s and 70s. According to a publicist, Graves has died in Los Angeles. He was 83. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

March 15, 2010 6:54:14 AM PDT
Peter Graves, whose calm and intelligent demeanor was a good fit to the intrigue of "Mission Impossible" as well as the satire of the "Airplane" films, has died.