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The 1960s series


Dan Briggs

Played By: Steven Hill
  • The Pete Best: Was only in one season, due to issues with the actor.

Jim Phelps

Played By: Peter Graves
  • The All-American Boy: Jim grew up in a small lakeside town called Norville, where his father ran a fishing and boat-rental business and where he played football in high school (fittingly, he was the quarterback).
  • The Leader

Rollin Hand

Played By: Martin Landau

Willy Armitage

Played By: Peter Lupus
  • The Big Guy
  • Genius Bruiser: Since a chart-busting IQ is an IMF requirement...
  • World's Strongest Man: Former champion weightlifter. In fact, he was originally recruited solely due to his ability to lift up a gigantic bomb one-handed.

Barney Collier

Played By: Greg Morris
  • Badass Bookworm: The man is also a boxer, which comes in handy sometimes.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's the team's technical wiz and African-American.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Invented most of the nifty toys the team uses in the field, with the most notable exception being the masks, which are created by Rollin, Paris or Casey.
  • The Smart Guy

Cinnamon Carter

Played By: Barbara Bain
  • The Chick: Both played straight and averted. Played straight in that she's the only woman on the team, is beautiful, and is often there to be the roper for the con. Averted in that she's just as heroic, dedicated, and brilliant as the men on the team, isn't there to nurture the guys, and there are some throwaway lines that suggest the guys think she's the most temperamentally suited to be a spy on the team.


Played By: Leonard Nimoy

Dana Lambert

Doug Robert

Played By: Sam Elliott


Played By: Lynda Day George
  • Only One Name: Played straight for much of her run. Toward the end, her first name was revealed to be Lisa.
  • Master of Disguise: Took over both this role and the roper/distraction role.

Mimi Davis

Played By: Barbara Anderson

The 1980s Series


Jim Phelps

Played By: Peter Graves

Nicholas Black

Played By: Thaao Penghlis

Max Harte

Played By: Anthony Hamilton

Grant Collier

Played By: Phil Morris

Casey Randall

Played By: Terry Markwell

Shannon Reed

Played By: Jane Badler