by Roma Wheaton; Forever Young (book), date unknown
Success came easily to Peter Deuel (he later dropped the first e in his surname to avoid confusion), a dark-haired, handsome young man with an engaging personality. In the mid sixties, he could be found in nearly every successful American television series.
For a short time, he even had his own sitcom, Love on a Rooftop. He cared passionately about every aspect of his life, his work and the quality of it, the world we live in and the way we abuse it. An ardent campaigner for political rights, he was a perfectionist, always striving for a better world. In 1971, he was again the co-star of an entertaining and popular TV series, playing Hannibal Heyes in the Western Alias Smith and Jones. But one night, he put a .38 caliber gun to his head and killed himself. Life had not measured up to his standards.