Sunday, March 14, 2010

Remembering Peter Graves: A Classic Moment from Airplane!

He will be remembered by many for his role as Jim Phelps on the TV series Mission: Impossible, but Peter Graves will also be recalled for another equally famous character he played.

Graves went from dramatic actor to straight-faced comedian when he took the role of Captain Clarence Oveur in the comedy classic, Airplane! It was a role that put him at the controls of Trans American flight "two-zero-niner" along with co-pilot Roger Murdock, played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Graves died Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, California. He was 83.

Here's a look at the famous take-off scene, with Captain Oveur and Murdock having some degree of difficulty with each other's names.

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