Peter Graves, 1926-2010

Peter Graves died yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He’ll likely be best remembered for his role as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible, as well as the gladiator-movie-loving pilot in Airplane! However, whenever I think of Peter Graves, I always remember his countless B-movies, many of which were featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The Beginning of the End, Parts: The Clonus Horror, and my personal favorite, It Conquered the World, from which the above speech is taken. Man, It Conquered the World is a terrible movie, but Graves delivers his crazy speech (about Lee Van Cleef, who collaborated with an evil space cucumber) with dignity and gravitas. Mission accomplished, Mr. Graves. RIP.