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» Monday, March 15, 2010"Thanks, Jim...Thanks a Lot!"
Mission: Impossible Actor Peter Graves Dead at 83
Peter Graves Remembered by Co-Stars
Seattle Times, At Least, Mentions My Favorite Peter Graves' Role
While most of the news reports are, of course, mentioning Peter Graves' most famous role as Jim Phelps on Mission: Impossible, his part in Stalag 17, and his later comedic turn in Airplane, I've always remembered him most in the role of another Jim, that of Jim Newton in the classic children's series Fury. Jim Newton was one of the greatest television dads: principled, yet open and friendly, always ready to lend a hand or a sympathetic ear, a man who put behind his grief over the death of a wife and son to give a home to an orphan boy, a father closer to today's relaxed dads than to the classic 1950s fathers like Alex Stone or Jim Anderson. He brooked no nonsense, but stood up for rights, whether they be for people or animals, and was a good neighbor, a shining example for fathers everywhere.
Good-bye, Mr. Graves. We'll miss you.