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NEWS & NOTES : ON A `MISSION' TO TRACK DOWN ORIGINAL SHOW'S FORMER AGENTS.

People magazine recently tracked down the stars of TV's ``Mission: Impossible'':

Peter Graves (Jim Phelps, second leader of the team; the first was Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill): Graves, brother of ``Gunsmoke's'' James Arness, appeared in the spoof ``Airplane!'' and TV movies. At 67, he lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife of 45 years, Joan, and hosts A&E's ``Biography'' series.

Martin Landau (Rollin Hand, master of disguise): Married 36 years to co-star Barbara Bain, they divorced in 1993. His career languished for years before a resuscitation topped in 1994 with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in ``Ed Wood.''

Barbara Bain (Cinnamon Carter, sultry model): Fired when Landau left in a salary dispute, her career stalled. She appeared in ``Space: 1999'' and TV movies like 1981's ``The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island'' (with Landau). She now lives in the Hollywood Hills, taking occasional TV roles.

Greg Morris (Barney Collier, tech expert): One of the first African-American actors in a TV drama, Morris endured a difficult personal life - a 1981 car crash and 1990 diagnosis of lung cancer, and a struggle with alcoholism. He divorced last year after 38 years of marriage. One son, Phil, played Barney's son Grant in the short-lived revival of ``Mission: Impossible.''

Peter Lupus (Willy Armitage, muscle man): The ex-bodybuilder's acting career fizzled. Now 63, he's a vitamin company representative and lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife of 36 years, Sharon.

New role for Andy: Last Sunday's unusual sort-of interview of Dr. Jack Kevorkian by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney on ``60 Minutes'' may be a harbinger of things to come.

Word is that executive producer Don Hewitt has asked Rooney to do between six and eight similar ``Conversations With Andy Rooney'' for the show over the course of a year. Rooney, who clearly was energized by the Kevorkian assignment, will continue his weekly ``A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney'' solo pieces.
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 24, 1996
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