Leonard Graves

Leonard Graves (1927-2000) was an American actor and singer best known for narrating the 1952 television documentary ''Victory at Sea.'' Graves was the only voice on the 26-part series, which won multiple awards, including a 1954 Emmy for Best Public Affairs Program, a special Peabody award and the Freedoms Foundation's George Washington Medal.

Graves was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1927 and began his performing career in radio. He joined the Broadway cast of ''The King and I'' as the Interpreter and also understudied for Yul Brynner as the King, filling in on many occasions. Graves took over the lead when Brynner left the show, and after a two-year run on Broadway, he joined a national tour.

Graves appeared in several motion pictures, including:

*''Three Brave Men'' (1956) as Flaxman (uncredited) *''The Joker Is Wild'' (1957) as Tim Coogan *''The Brothers Karamazov'' (1958) as Third Court Officer (uncredited) *''The Buccaneer'' (1958) as Chighizola *''Pork Chop Hill'' (1959) as Lt. Cook *''A Private's Affair'' (1959) as General's Aide (uncredited) *''Pay or Die'' (1960) as Opera Singer (uncredited) *''The Story of Ruth'' (1960) as Reaper (uncredited) *''A Message from the Future (שדר מן העתיד)'' (1981) as Anderson (final film role)

Graves also had guest roles in a number of television series including ''Navy Log'' and ''The Big Picture (Army In Action episodes)''. In 1968 he was appointed manager of the Memphis Opera Theater. Graves later moved to Israel with his wife where he was active in the Israel National Opera. He reportedly died circa 2000. Provided by Wikipedia
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