Actor Peter Graves, best known for his starring role on TV's "Mission: Impossible," died Sunday. He was 83.
It's true that Graves was best known for playing Jim Phelps, the head of a crack team of espionage specialists in Mission: Impossible, a show I watched regularly as a youngster but have surprisingly few memories of (other than the iconic theme song and the repeated image of self-destructing audio tapes). But Graves had a much bigger impact on my life as Captain Oveur in Airplane!, a film I love every bit as much today as I did when I first saw it at the age of 11. I had never laughed so hard during a film before, and rarely have since.
Rest in peace, Captain Oveur. I hope wherever you are, you're enjoying a gladiator movie.