As the title to this post makes clear, my impressions of Peter Graves were more shaped by Airplane! than they were by Mission: Impossible. Airplane! is, in fact, a not-so-guilty pleasure in my family, and Peter Graves helped make it a tremendous success. His deadpan approach to comedy was brilliant, and the decision to include him in the movie was utterly inspired. He helped make Airplane! a success, and in doing so, helped give me and my loved ones a lot of laughs, and a lot of happy memories.
He lived a long and full life, but it ought to go without saying that we would have liked to have had him around for much longer.