Leonard Graves was an 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 Flaxman 1956
- The Joker Is Wild Tim Coogan 1957
- The Buccaneer Chighizola 1958
- Pork Chop Hill Lt. Cook 1959
- A Message from the Future (שדר מן העתיד) Anderson 1981
Graves also had guest roles in a number of television series. 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 2008.