On September 17, 1966, CBS brought us “Mission: Impossible.” But Mr. Phelps was not the first leader of the IM Force.
Mr. Phelps, played by Peter Graves, replaced Mr. Briggs, played by Steven Hill. You may have seen actor Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law and Order” for ten seasons, from 1990 to 2000. Here is what most of us recall:
In a season two episode, an enemy agent kidnapped two scientists and their wives,and held them in San Francisco. At the end of the show’s run, in 1973, there were scenes of San Francisco. Mr.Phelps we supposed to be living here at that time.
The actors were asked to reflect on the series: