as told to Marco Amedeo; Movieland and TV Time, February 1967
What makes one letter more appealing to a star than the next? This month Peter Deuel tells what catches his eye. “I can’t skip being honest when I reply to a fan letter I particularly like,” Peter points out. “If a person treats me with the sincerity I want, I respect it and respond as frankly. I’ve always felt I deserve the truth. I remember how I was sidetracked and disillusioned if I didn’t get it, so I’m not going to inflict a lie on anyone who could be my …
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 17, 1968
“I don’t see why I can’t function like anyone else, if I want to, as a political activist, or as an individual who is concerned about the way things are going.” That is how Peter Deuel, a Penfield boy who made good on television and in Hollywood, expressed his views on actors in politics.
Resting below a large poster of Sen. Eugene McCarthy, D-Minn., on the walls of the 37th district McCarthy headquarters, 321 Genesee St., Deuel said, “Actors are people who just happen to go into acting and are as conscientious or unconscientious as …
Gidget’s Brotherly Brother-in-Law
by Brenda Marshall; TV Radio Mirror, May 1966
Pete Deuel is very different from the serious image he projects as the stuffy, psychology-spouting brother-in-law on ABC-TV’s Gidget. He’s tall, dark, and handsome. He has enchanting dimples when he smiles. He’s a carefree, very eligible bachelor who enjoys sports, discotheque dancing, beer, exploring the rough countryside in his land cruiser—and going around barefoot!
Pete was barefoot, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, when he greeted me on the flight of wooden stairs leading to his modest garage apartment in Hollywood. “Going barefoot isn’t just a gimmick,” he explained. “I’ve been going barefoot …
by Felicia Lawrence; Movie World, February 1970
They thought her too big for her britches, and impossible to work with—except one man!
The sleek limousine approached the curb and stopped, and quickly the guard, dressed in a dark blue suit, tailored with braided shoulders, hurried to open the door and let the passengers out. A tiny dark-haired girl, who looked like she was twelve, stepped out. Right behind her a nice looking, thin young man, about twenty, came out of the car and smiled at the crowd, waving around as he did. Yes, there they were—the stars of the new movie, Generation, …
by M. Pinto; Movie Stars, February 1972
Leap Year means that men start thinking about marriage—if the right girl asks!
Happily for single girls, Hollywood has it share of heartthrobs this season. The eligible bachelors that we see in the movies and on the television screen this year might not be Clark Gables and Cary Grants, but in many ways they are their contemporary equals. We’ve picked out the eight young men most girls want to hear about, see and date, and we’re going to give you all the pertinent facts on each of them.
Pete Duel, Hannibal Heyes on Alias Smith …
by Rona Barrett; Rona Barrett’s Hollywood, May 1972
SAD GOODBYES…. Hollywood lost several of its brightest faces and names, to the distress of all who love good entertainment. I came back from a sunny vacation to find that not only the beloved MAURICE CHEVALIER had left us, but also a young star with a great future ahead, PETER DUEL.
Slowly, in the days that followed PETER’s death by self-inflicted gunshot, the details of his life began to be tied together. For instance, it was decided that PETER’s part in his Alias Smith and Jones series would definitely be taken over by ROGER …
by Percy Shain, Globe Staff; Boston Globe TV Week, February 14, 1971
There is something symptomatic in the name change of actor Peter Deuel to Pete Duel. The co-star of the new ABC mid-season series, Alias Smith and Jones, seems constantly in a duel with himself.
One would have thought he would be in 7th Heaven with this third crack at series stardom (after the one-year flops of Gidget and Love on a Rooftop). Instead, he says, “I have had happier periods in my life.”
Is he glad he was chosen for it? “I had no choice,” he replied. “As a player under …