LOS ANGELES -- Peter Graves, whose calm and intelligent demeanor was a good fit to the intrigue of ''Mission Impossible'' as well as the satire of the ''Airplane'' films, has died.
Graves passed away Sunday just a few days before his 84th birthday outside his home in Los Angeles, publicist Sandy Brokaw said. Graves was returning from brunch with his wife of nearly 60 years and his family when he had what Graves' doctor believed was a heart attack, Brokaw said.
Graves first gained attention of many baby boomers with the 1950s TV series ''Fury,'' but remained best known for the role of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in TV's ''Mission: Impossible.''
He also masterfully lampooned his straight-arrow image when he portrayed bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 disaster movie spoof ''Airplane!''
Winslet splits from husband
LONDON -- British movie star Kate Winslet has separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes after nearly seven years of marriage, their law firm said Monday.
The surprise split puts an end to a golden couple of Britain's show business world, buttressed by matching Oscars and a host of commercial successes and artistic accolades. The pair's law firm, Schillings, said the split was ''entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement.''
Winslet, 34, shot to international stardom on the back of her appearance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron's ''Titanic,'' and sealed her reputation with an Academy Award for best actress for her role in ''The Reader'' in 2009.
Evans gets injunction against ex
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- A judge has ordered a temporary injunction against the ex-husband of country singer Sara Evans.
Monday's ruling prevents Craig Schelske from making any more public statements about his ex-wife or the reasons behind their 2007 divorce.