Beloved actor Peter Graves passed away on Sunday from a heart attack. He had just returned home from having brunch with his family when he collapsed. He was four days shy of celebrating his 84th birthday.
Graves had an interest in performing from an early age and became a radio announcer in Minnesota while still in high school. Following two and a half years in the Air Force, he entered the University of Minnesota as a drama major and played in summer stock.
During his 20s, Graves made his living as a radio actor and then moved to Hollywood where he appeared in movies like Stalag 17, The Night of the Hunter, and The Long Gray Line. He later went on to parody his serious leading man persona in the popular Airplane! movies.