Welcome to the Pete Duel Memorial Site (PDMS)



With a very special thank you to Geoffrey and Jacqueline Deuel. Slideshow compiled and produced by Laura Moretti for the Pete Duel Memorial Site.

Pete Duel
Pete Duel (originally spelled Peter Deuel) has been in our hearts for more than forty years—and for some, even longer. For many others, he was discovered just in the past few years when reruns of Alias Smith & Jones were shown on television and Seasons One and Two of the series was released on DVD. And so, for many people doing their research, they only recently learned that Pete died tragically at an early age and at the height of his career.

I designed the Pete Duel Memorial Site (PDMS) in 2004 to celebrate the life and talent of this remarkable man. PDMS contains more than 500 pictures of Pete Duel (many of them from original sources), and roughly 5,000 video captures, along with more than 100 video clips and performances—and with more to be uploaded and presented.

We have recently learned that Pete was prescribed the drug Dilantin for his epilepsy, a drug with the side effects of depression and suicide. Epileptics have 5 times the risk of suicide. We don’t know what role his epilepsy and its treatment played in his death, except that he told his brother the Monday before he died that he was terrified, though he knew not from what. Perhaps it was an internal, prescription drug-influenced drive he literally had no power over, one that set him up for drinking and ultimately his death. To learn more, read here about Dilantin and here about the risk of suicide among epileptics.

Pete Duel was someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s uncle, someone’s friend, someone’s colleague, someone’s cousin, someone’s lover, and someone’s hero. He is still admired by fans and colleagues around the world. What has come out from everything ever said or written about him is that he was a man with heart and soul. Despite his absence, his powerful presence is still with us.



I hope you find the Pete Duel Memorial Site a dignified expression of the love and respect Pete Duel deserved and hopefully had a glimpse of sensing before he left. In the meantime, more than 45 years later, Pete is still winning and breaking hearts around the world.

He is as forever loved as he is forever missed.

-Laura, the Pete Duel Memorial Site Creator

by Bridget Byrne; Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, February 27, 1970 Pete Duel wanted to talk about the problems of population and pollution, but the crowded gossip-filled atmosphere of the Hollywood Brown Derby ...
by Judy Hugg; Dallas Morning News, February 11, 1971 "I'm not really an ecology nut or a fanatic on preserving the environment," said Pete Duel, "but I grew up in a ...
Teen Life, January 1972 Pete Duel grew up in the small town of Penfield, New York, a suburb of Rochester. His dad was the town's only doctor and his mother was ...
by Judith Evans, 1999 There would have been this gentle arc of the spirit, like a gossamer winged creature, that would have sprung from my heart and plunged headlong into the liquid, lustrous pools of those chestnut ...
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