16 Magazine, April 1971
Pete Duel — the “Smith” in ABC’s new hour-long western Alias Smith and Jones — is no stranger to TV-viewers. He starred in the old TV series Gidget and Love On A Rooftop — and more recently he was in NBC’s Movie of The Week, The Psychiatrist.
Pete was born in Rochester, New York, on February 24 and soon after he and his family moved to Penfield, New York. Pete’s father was a physician, as were a long line of Deuels before him. As a child, Pete dreamed of becoming a pilot, but when he enrolled at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, he decided to continue the family tradition in medicine.
After two years at college, Pete knew medicine was not for him. He loved acting — a fact he discovered by performing in every college play while he was at school. He left for New York City to study drama at the American Theatre Wing. After much studying and touring in national road companies of Broadway plays, Pete decided to move to Hollywood — where he’s been ever since.
Pete is six feet tall, weighs 155 pounds, and has light brown hair and brown eyes. He’s single and lives in a small apartment in West Hollywood. Pete loves to read, especially political journals — and even more — good TV or film scripts!