The Pete Duel Memorial Book

Thank you to everyone who leaves such poignant and heartfelt expressions in The Memorial Book — and for all your kind words about this site. Your kinship is extremely appreciated. —Laura


Please post your thoughts below. The previous Memorial Book was receiving too much spam, so I had to close it and start this page instead. You may read the comments in the previous Memorial Book, however, by clicking here.

There may be a delay between when you leave your thoughts below and when your post appears, but rest assured, the post will eventually be published. Please keep in mind that many questions still remain about Peter’s state of mind in those final days of his life. One recent question is how much of a role the anti-seizure drug, Dilantin, played on his thoughts. Perhaps Pete was a victim of a pharmaceutical drug and not so much of self-inflicted depression. Also note that Geoffrey Deuel sometimes visits this page. Thank you.

Comments (231)

  1. April Jo :

    I knew Bob an Lillian from church in Canoga Park, CA. We became very close, so close that they used to say my sons were their grandsons, my sons called them Grandpa Bob and Grandma Lillian. When they each got the chicken pox Bob was right there, twice a day, to check on them. When my oldest son Jeff cut his foot requiring stitches Bob came over and checked to make sure it was done right. My dad was also a doctor and my mother was a nurse and Pam and I used to talk about the perils of being a doctor’s kid…you weren’t ever sick or you’d get a shot. One time they brought Geoff out to our house in Simi Valley and he scared the living daylights out of me. He has an amazing sense of humor. I miss Bob and Lillian terribly and loved them dearly, as I do Geoff and Pam.

  2. Ken Mills :

    The first time I ever saw Peter Deuel was when I was in high school 33 years ago (headed towards graduation, and onto college), and at home watching reruns of “Gidget”-at this point, I didn’t know that Sally Field did a television show prior to “The Flying Nun”; many months later within the last 33 years in television rerun heaven I would come across “Love on a rooftop” (especially the first episode), and “Alias Smith and Jones” (a movie version before Peter’s passing…I thought his last name was spelled ‘DEVEL’ when the credits from “Gidget” closes out); physically he has a beautiful build (no disrespect, but I don’t like facial hair on ANY man including myself) and smiles reminds me of a friend-turned-musician at the time during my [first year in] college; altogether I always thought that we as pisceans should stick together (Peter was February, I am currently March) because we’re so artistic in many ways and occasionally overlooked despite investments to reach our full[?] maximum possibilities in careers, endeavors, goals, and plans with God’s help because ALL things are possible; Peter Deuel ‘looks’ just like his name (and so does Lisle Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Carl White, Gerard Christopher [now Dinome] and so many others I can think of NOT to stray from the subject); had he lived, I would’ve loved to have dated him without pushing envelopes. 😇🤗☺️

  3. Elizabeth :

    Fue y será siempre mi amor platónico. Un gran actor y un gran ser humano. Su mirada demuestra la nobleza de su corazón. Pete te llevo en mi corazón eternamente. Bendiciones y besos a su hermano y hermana.
    Qué fue de la vida de Dianne Ray?
    Estoy interesada en adquirir el libro. Qué tengo que hacer para adquirirlo?

  4. Brendan Kelly :

    He might not have thought a lot of the script, but he would have been perfect as Han Solo, the single best pick for the role.

    Oh, you had so much ahead of you…

  5. frank :

    Too soon, too young mate. Love and much respect

  6. Ronda :

    i was 10 when he passed and still remember it well, He was my first screen crush and it was traumatic when that happened. anyhow, its cool to see this many people who remember him, I could’nt wait for Alias smith & jones to come on every week! RIP Mr Duel

  7. Sherry Thoma :

    I visited Pete’s grave site in May. I took white roses to lay on it. There were leaves and debris surrounding it so I cleaned it up and straightened up the tipped over trinkets and memoriams that other people who also loved him had left and took some pictures. I stayed a couple hours just to sit there and be near him. I also went to see his high school and the church where they held his services.

    Love always to you Pete. I hope you’ve found peace. You are very missed.

    Love, Sherry

  8. John J :

    I was in my childhood when Alias Smith and Jones first aired on tv. Pete Duel had such a strong stage presence I never forgot the role he played. It is heartwarming to learn he was a animal lover and loved by so many. Thank you for the good memories you left me Pete.

  9. Ioannis Greece :

    I was about 11 y.o. at 1975 when i watched in Greek tv (and never missed a single one episode as i remember) “Alias Smith and Jones” western series.Of course i remember Pete Duel (R.I.P) with his blonde one partner. Remember those times we playing cowboys and acting just like them (without horses of course). In YouTube at now refreshing my memories about the series.Pete’s sad death 47 years ago looks like just a joke. I always remember. thank you and sorry for bad English..

  10. Deborah Dodge :

    I will always love Pete Duel he will always be in my heart miss him dearly. My heart is with his family.

    • Mary Jo Strouse :

      Wow, this takes me back! I grew up in an old house at 1806 Penfield Rd (now i think its a Starbucks) and remember playing with his Niece, Jennifer? I remember playing in the woods out back and there was a cabin that we hung around. I was pretty young at the time (1967-1971) 6 years to 11 years old but i remember how sad we all were when we heard. He was our hometown celebrity and I adored him. The years may have passed but his memory lives on.

  11. Deborah :

    Dear Pete, you truly were a”gift”.
    Loved and missed beyond words, I simply can’t find the vocabulary today, just a jumble of emotions, sadness, questions and love… may God cradle you in his arms as we remember you on this your birthday❤️

    • Joan w :

      Just thinking about all the joy and fun he brought into my life when i watched the show and had a secret childhood crush on him:) so sad. i wish him peace always, and remember him to this day.

  12. Kathe C :

    Remembering you on your birthday and always.Love your smile.Love you Pete.

    .”Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there.”

  13. Patricia Hernandez Ortuño :

    -Querido Peter gracias por darnos tu sonrisa, tu energía, tu brillo, tu amor por la naturaleza y los animales!!!
    gracias por embellecer este mundo con tu ser.
    Tu influencia sigue causando cosas bellas en el y gracias a tu inspiración ya no uso mas vasos de plástico. Gracias a la vida porque has existido y porque en el corazón humano no existe el tiempo. Feliz Cumpleaños Pete!! Siempre estarás en mi corazón. Te amo

  14. Avril :

    Birthdays deserve celebration, so today I shall remember your’s with joy, Pete – for your awesome talent, your glorious smile and your energy and passion for the environment and your beloved animals. Love always. Avril x

  15. Margaret :

    Remembering you today on your birthday, Pete, and thinking of your family and friends. It is almost 1.30am and I can’t sleep so I’ll put on a favourite AS&J and enjoy every minute of it. God bless.

  16. Vicki :

    Dear Peter,
    Another year has gone by and another birthday you are spending in heaven. You are loved and missed more than you know.
    You have always been our special one for many reasons and you will always remain–my hero. Rest easy.

  17. Debbie :

    I still miss seeing you on the TV or movie screen after all these years. I was a mere 17 yrs old when you died, but remember it like it was yesterday. That New Year’s Eve, my parents were having a party & my best friend was going to be there. I was helping clean the house when she called me & told me the news. It was a shock, to say the least. Of course, being teenagers and neither of us having boyfriends, we both had a huge crush on you. I remember your love for nature, animals and our planet. I wonder what you would think about all the non-ecological things going on in today’s world. You probably wouldn’t be too happy about it! I’ve been reading the other tributes to you and have discovered that my eyes are suddenly watering. Oh, by the way, you had a killer smile! Every once in a while, I have to watch “The Posse That Wouldn’t Quit”, just so I can hear you sing “Simple Gifts.” I am rambling now, so I will end by saying I still love you. My prayers go out to Geoffrey and Pamela, I can’t imagine losing a sibling and am certain you never get over it.

  18. Patricia Hernandez Ortuño :

    Eres un rayo de luz que me sigue iluminando hoy dia. Te amo y siempre estarás en mi corazón. Gracias Pete por brillar en mi infancia y por acompañarme aún. Eres un regalo del Cielo.

  19. gary modoff :

    i was just a kid 8 years old and loved the show but it always tripped me out that he died and just now decided to look it up if i remembered correctly, unfortunately i did,he was a great guy

  20. Kat Utz :

    The words enchanting come to mind as I look at the photos of Pete. I was just 15 when he chose to leave, and it broke my heart. He had so much talent, and was one of the first celebrities who spoke out about the planet and ecology. I often think of the roles he could have played had he lived and the acting awards that were there within his reach. He was truly gifted in his profession and enlightened in so many ways. I also wonder what the world would have been like if he had entered politics and the positive things he could have accomplished. I think it would come as quite a surprise to him that here we are almost 50 years later, still remembering him, still reminiscing about those days, still regretting what could have been. I think he would just have that twinkle in his eyes and smile that beautiful smile to know we haven’t forgotten him. God bless you sweet prince. Sleep in peace and in the arms of the angels.

  21. Valerie Weber :

    What is it about this man that we just can’t let go? Perhaps we wish we could have been there to save his sad, lost soul.

    • Dalila :

      46 years i look at his picture before going to bed. This a will do for as long as i live. Peter Deuel, you have not know me, but you are forever in my heart.

  22. Donna :

    Such a handsome, intelligent, and talented man. I cant believe he has been gone 46 years. I miss him so much! His smile always brightened my day and still does when I think of him. RIP Pete.

  23. Liz - Leeds UK :

    Peter, thinking of you more than ever, at this sad time of year. Thoughts also of your family, of Pamela, Geoffrey and Jacqueline, for whom this time of year will be especially difficult. Will never, could never forget you. Shine like the star you will always be.

    • Eileen Burgos :

      Hard to believe it is now 46 years. Where ever you are Pete, I hope you found your peace and happiness. You deserve that. Such a sad day for all your fans. You are in our hearts forever.

      • Susan Brummett :

        46 years? It does not seem possible. I still have the articles about his passing. No wonder they are looking old. It’s nice to have somewhere to go to and look at the memories of a life cut so tragically short. Pete Duel, I hope that you were able to find the happiness you deserve.

  24. Laura :

    Pete’s memory continues to live in our hearts. Thank all those who keep this site going.

  25. Avril, Scotland :

    A lifetime ago many young, hopeful and eager hearts were surrendered to you. You were our prince – handsome, clever, funny and perfect – and a lot of those young hearts felt the searing and confusing pain of loss for the first time, after you went. Forty six years on and, whilst my own loved ones and dear departed family now lay claim to the biggest share of my heart, there is a special place there too that is forever yours. You touch me still, Pete. Love always. x

  26. Marianne Carter :

    A beautiful and intelligent man, born ahead of his time, with the insight to see what was happening to the world back then. Not only caring for animals and people, he was passionately concerned about the environment and the future of the planet. It is uplifting to hear his message on ecology, made just a few weeks before he sadly died, hoping that whoever hears it realises the importance that we must all do our part in looking after our planet for future generations. I wonder what he would think about what is happening now.

    He wanted everyone to “be happy”, if only he could have realised his personal achievements and been happy himself.

    Thank you for your inspiration Pete, I miss you but your memory will live on. Thank you Geoffrey for doing so much for your dear brother x

  27. Susan Kempster :

    Dear Pete another year has nearly passed but this last day is still so hard to get through without that horrible memory of what happened on this new years eve in 1971.Time may pass but you are still so fresh to me in my mind you will never be forgotten Pete God bless you love you always from Sussex.

  28. Mary :

    It’s that day again. I cannot celebrate, but I *do* remember… Thank you, Pete, and God Bless you. My thoughts and prayers are with Geoffrey, Pamela and all your family and friends, Ben and Roger… Thank you, Laura, for all your work in creating this treasured memorial. Wishing everyone here a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2018

  29. Margaret :

    You are never far from my thoughts but remembering you especially today. May you always rest in peace. And thinking too of your family and friends – the people who really knew and loved you.

  30. L.D.zafar :

    Thanking of you always this time of year….you will always be close to those that loved and cared for you. Smile on with that beautiful grin and watch over us. With love 💕 always until the end days. You will live on in every drop of rain, every breeze against my cheek, every tree in the forest, every splash of the brook, every beautiful sunset over the mountains shrouded in mist, and every call of the loon. As long as there is the spirit of wild places you will be eternal….peace and ecology now and forever!

  31. Joaquin Santos :

    Dear Pete. As another year passes by,your memory shall survive. I will continue to hold you dear in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God give you the peace you so richly deserved. A Friend. Jack.

  32. Jackie Tart Tew :

    My father died on January 6, 1971, and it was a hard time for me. Only a few weeks later, “Alias Smith and Jones” debuted on TV. I fell in love with the program and especially Pete Duel. I was 13 at the time, and I looked so forward to seeing him and the program every week. I loved every episode, especially the comaraderie between him and Ben Murphy. It was the most perfect show, with just the right amounts of drama and comedy. Sadly, on December 31 of that same year, and barely a year since my father’s death, I heard on the radio that Pete was dead, possibly from a self-inflicted wound. I was crushed. It was losing another loved one all over again. But there was no one to talk to and cry with except one good friend at school. I’ve carried Pete’s memory and my love of him and the show all these years. To be honest, part of me wanted to kill myself back then so I could be with him. But I realized that wasn’t right. From reading the articles here about his life and struggles, things I had no idea of back then, I can understand the desperation he was probably feeling from both physical, mental, professional and personal struggles and his own perfectionism. I’ve lived with similar problems all my life, and I’m 60 years old now. It’s hard even with today’s therapy and medication, but there are still days I want to leave it all behind. I don’t believe suicide is a mortal sin. It is a sickness or culmination of a sickness the same as with cancer. I’m still sad for his family and friends. They are the ones who truly suffered from his loss. But I will always remember and love him in the only way I could. Thank you, Pete, for all the joy you brought to your fans. I pray you found peace and joy in the arms of the angels and that one day we will all be reunited in God’s love.

  33. Carol Nygaard :

    I remember when I first read of Peters’ death. It was Friday morning, Dec. 31, 1971. I felt so sad and depressed. It was something I couldn’t talk about to many people. My mom and the others said “He was just a television actor.” But I didn’t see him that way. I loved everything about him–especially how he cared for the environment and for the oppressed. It was hard to understand how he could do what he did. It’s because of him that I became interested in helping others with depression and alcoholism. I learned a great deal about these things. Now I understand a lot better why he might have done what he did. It’s too bad we didn’t have the treatments for those things like we do now. I know he would have gone on to do more and greater things. But we can be thankful that we had him in our lives, at least for a little while. He is sorely missed!!

  34. Kathy Kirkland :

    A beautiful light gone out way too soon. Forever remembered ,A beautiful being .So missed

  35. Abbey Dufficy :

    I first fell. In love with Pete Duel when I saw him on a T .V show called Gidget starring Sally Field .Pete played her brother in law. Then he was in another show calledLove on the roof Top.. Were talking the 1070’s. So when I saw Pete on Alias Smith and Jones . I fell in love all over again. I mean Ben Murphy wasn’t chopped liver but Peter with those dimples and his beautiful smile. .i just know that when he died he took a large piece of a lot of us. Because I still love that man.

  36. Madeleine :

    Pete, my first Love…how I cried over you.
    I Think your father was Swedish btw
    Love from Madeleine in Sweden

  37. Catherine :

    So, back in the 1990s, I ran across Alias Smith and Jones via the fannish samizdat VHS network. “This is delightful!” I said, and “oh my goodness, who is the dark haired one? He’s amazing! Why have I not seen him in a zillion other things?” And then I found out why. My friend stated a webpage, and we did a Snarkathon of most of the episodes (we were utterly giddy — I recently looked at the page for the first time in a very long while and our joy was apparent). And I wrote reams of fanfic, trying to complicate the show and give Pete the role he really deserved.

    . . . and hadn’t thought about it or him in a long time, until I ran across the DVDs in a going-out-of-business video store, and then found some old zines with my fanfic, and thought about what a waste it was. I know it’s dengerous to diagnose someone based on hearsay, but having been close to a number of people who are bipolar (including the person I’m married to), I’m thinking I have a pretty good guess as to what was going on with Pete. He was an amazing talent who could have gone on to do wonderful things, and I wish we’d been lucky enough to get those things. As it is, he elevated ASJ into something that still holds up. I’m so glad you’re carrying on his memory!

    • Jackie Tart Tew :

      I also believe, based on what I’ve learned about his life recently and my own personal experiences, that yes, he probably was bipolar. If only he could have gotten proper treatment back then. I will always love that man.

  38. Mary Beth :

    None of my family or friends understand my admiration and love for Pete Duel after all these years. I’m 59 now and loved Pete back in the days of Giget, Love on a Rooftop, and of course Alias Smith & Jones. It warms my heart to read all the beautiful and loving thoughts from his fans here. What a beautiful man he was who touched so many souls.

  39. Libe Hast :

    Every year since Pete’s death, though he passed away at 1:30 a.m., I have a two-minute silence for Pete at 5 till midnight on December 31st whilst holding a photograph of him. My family doesn’t understand why I do this, but somewhere in my soul is the answer. You will forever be missed by me and many others. Lots of love.

    Libe xxxx

    • Mary Beth :

      I understand why you would do that.

  40. Joseph Swafford :

    I became a huge fan of Alias Smith and Jones a year before Pete’s death. I had a big poster of him in my room across from my Easy Rider on the opposite wall. He had a big effect on me in my aldolesence years, middle school etc. I remember most all episodes he and Ben did and when Roger Davis took over the role. I’ll never forget the night it was reported on the local news announcement of his death. Yes he had an effect on me along when Dan Blocker aka Hoss Cartwright died. But Pete was and still is an interesting person. What career he could of had and great rolls that could been his. I still think about him and the time when I was growing up. Also have the Volume Video Set Library of Alias Smith and Jones. Gone but not forgotten. RIP Pete.

  41. L.D.Zafar :

    Peace and Ecology Now and Forever!

  42. Agneta Gedda :

    It’s been a while since I visited this website but I’ll never forget Pete Duel, that tragedy, so awful. He was so talented and wonderful in many ways, he had it all coming, and why he gave it up. It is so sad!!! I wonder what he would have looked like today, a handsome elderly man! I miss him and I hope he is happy where he is. I love you forever Pete, and will never forget you.
    Lots of love from Agneta, Sweden

  43. Sue :

    I have just been watching vidios of Pete on YouTube but the one that made me so sad was the fan at Pete’s grave with the song remember when. There are so many moving tributes including who you’d be today with the lovely pictures of this darling man who I cannot remove from my mind and never want to things may take my mind away from him or a while but hr always comes back with the memories I will always treasure of him. He must have been a very special person to us fans to never be forgotten. Thankyou so very much laura for these lovely moving vidios you have done for us all to see and cry overxx.

  44. Mari :

    I’ve read a few comments from people who only just discovered “whatever happened to” Pete. I can’t even imagine what an existence like that would feel like. Pete was the love of my young life. I wasn’t quite 12 years old, sitting in front of the TV, when my Dad rather casually mentioned that Pete had died the night before. Dad had no way of knowing, but my soul was crushed in that very moment. Pete has stayed with me, in my heart and daily prayers, ever since that terrible day. I went on to study acting and the theatre, although I never made a career of it. I can’t say that Pete was responsible for my choosing the theatre, but what I can say is this: if you have an actor’s heart and soul, you understand why Pete’s spirit still burns bright, and why, even today, he remains so vividly alive for so many of us.

    • Ann Yarwood :

      Ann Yarwood – June 19, 2017, 7:35 pm

      I was 21years old when I found out what happened to Pete.
      I was so shocked, I find it hard to believe even now that Pete did this to himself.
      I sit and watch the clips of him over and over, for a short time it’s like he is still with us.
      I am now 66 years old and I am still hurting, over his loss.
      I hope Pete knows now just how many people’s hearts he enriched over his short time with us.

  45. Lisa Greene :

    I just happened to find out about Pete’s death death after I googled Kim Darby. My husband and I used to watch Alias Smith & Jones, he was such a charming & adorable man. We are very saddened to learn of his death. God bless him, and here’s wishing him & his family peace always . .

  46. Rhonda C. Poynter :

    To quote Willie Nelson…my heroes have always been cowboys and they still are, it seems. First crush, first ‘look this actor up and read about him’ (and this was before the web!)…absolutely adored Pete, and still do. I love that he has such a loyal following – he deserves it. Peace –

  47. Angela :

    My mum and dad always watched Alias Smith and Jones,I was very young about 7 years old I think! I remember how sad they were on hearing about his death,only to lose my brother David the same way 10 years later. Pete and David, I am so sad you both felt so unable to overcome your pain, I hope you found peace somehow and those you left behind have too. X

  48. Joe :

    I was a youngin. 11 when this first aired. And it was probably my favorite show. Wish some network would bring it back. Maybe write metv or others to tell them if its possible it would bring in audience. Happy birthday Pete. And hope the rest of you are ok or in peace. Missed the show as well as other actors after Pete was gone. Love ya all. And all in the world. Keep peace and say. Howdy!! Bye now

  49. L.D.Zafar :

    Thinking of you and always wondering what you would look like on your 77th birthday yesterday…Always in my heart…with love in this life and the next….Peace and Ecology Now and Forever!

  50. Marianne :

    I’ll forget many things in my lifetime, but Peter I’ll never forget you.
    You are lovingly remembered every day but especially on your Birthday.
    A wish upon a star, to carry my love to wherever you are xXx

  51. Sue :

    Happy birthday dear Pete so sad your not hear to celebrate your 77th birthday.Its so hard to believe you would have been that
    Age today still miss you so much but I know you are happy in heaven god bless you you lovely manxxx.

  52. Karen Ravenscroft :

    Pete. Your birthday February 24th is forever remembered by me and now it is even more special as I welcomed my first grandaughter Ainsley Quinn in the early hours of this morning some 77 years to the day after you were born. Love Karen xx

  53. linda b uk :

    Peter i miss you and more each passing day,this day your birthday i miss you even more,your memory will never fade in my heart ,body or soul ,never will you be forgotten by me or the rest of your loyal posee,love you for all eternity peace ,love and ecology now Peter love lin x x xxx💟

  54. Gwen :

    February 24th has, as always, stirred up memories of Pete. I’m so glad we have DVDs available that allow us to bring him into our homes and reminisce about times gone by.

  55. Mary Rose :

    Remembering Pete’s birthday today with gratitude for his life, his work and his talent which brought so much joy to so many. I am convinced that Pete’s spirit lives; he is in a better place than this broken world. My love and thoughts are with Geoffrey, Pamela and all his family. Heartfelt thanks to Laura for this memorial site – beautiful.

  56. Avril, Edinburgh :

    We celebrate your birthday, but feel the loss of you even more on such a day. Your light will never dim, Pete. Much love. xx

  57. Vicki :

    Dear Peter,
    This is your birthday week. You are always loved and missed more than you know. We can never have you back but we will hold you in
    our hearts forever. Rest easy our dear sweet Peter. Thanks for the cherished memories.

    If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.
    –Winnie the Pooh

  58. Louise :

    I was only 6 or 7 when you died, even at that age you were my first crush. Loved the show but wasn’t the same without you. You will always be remembered with a. Cheeky grin and beautiful dimples. Xx

  59. Susan McSorley :

    Dear Pete and Family…you will always be with us because of your great heart and the love, inspiration and talent you shared with us. I was 11 years old and my sister Holly ( also passed away) was 15 years old. We loved Pete So much – what a fine actor and good human being. God Bless his family…I am sure it is beyond difficult to lose such a one as Pete. What I do know is that after reading about his car accident and resulting head trauma/hip -pelvis trauma and having seizures as a result of his accident…A Huge Number of People with Brain Injuries are suicidal on and off for life ( Myself Included). Many (if not most young men in Petes day) self medicated with a bit of alcohol to soothe the brain/pain which is not something you can understand unless you have had head traumas! I watch his videos on youtube and am so mesmerized. What a tremendous loss. I hope that you know that many people like Pete consider suicide daily because they don’t have the right understanding of what they need to heal their Brains. He did the best he could until he couldn’t any longer. I am So sorry for your loss of such a beautiful brother and friend. Again, God Bless you All.

  60. Sandy :

    Reading so many loving comments about Peter Deuel all these years after his death mean so much to me. Pete and I were related (cousins) but unfortunately we saw their family very infrequently. But he has always held a special place in my heart. He accomplished much more than most actors trying to make it in the business and it’s so sad that he didn’t realize it. But I am well aware of how depression and alcohol can distort your thoughts. His death did impact his family in some ways that were positive, which is a blessing. I saw his sister, Pam, about 1 1/2 years ago as well as some of his other extended family. Unfortunately, it was another death in the family bringing us all together. Let us not ever forget Pete.

  61. Susan :

    My sister and I Adored Pete in Alias Smith & Jones. (Myself 10 and she 15 years old.). I have never forgotten him and now reading this story this evening I understand why he chose to end his life in a moment of despair. Something I could not fathom as a young girl because he appeared to be a God who had it all and more heart than most. He was ahead of his time in so many ways. Very sensitive and Kind hearted. You have done a wonderful tribute to him here ! God Bless…..I have had a brain injury also…strangely enough, and so I understand the extreme difficulties that come with that and know how I have also felt like ending it also due to side effects and depression at times.

  62. linda b uk :

    45 years gone my beautiful man,I would have liked to say time has healed the wounds of you leaving this world but in truth it hasn’t,i miss you even more if that is possible.Peter you are with me every day always will be,you are a joy, through the sadness when you smile on that silver screen my heart sings you truly are very special man,peace ,happiness and ecology now Mr Duel forever loved and never forgotten xxx

  63. Liza S :

    At 15, you were my first great crush…and then my first great loss. I had a teacher that wrote scripts for TV, and had us write one for our favorite show. I still have my script for Alis Smith and Jones…and I got an A on it. My kids later got to see the series on DVD, and my daughter was as smitten as I had been. We miss you dearly and wish there had been help for you when you needed it most.

  64. Anne :

    It was a day I can remember all too well where I stood when I heard the news. I watched him in Alias Smith and Jones every week and just “fell in love” with him. It took me quite sometime to get over the shock (I was 15) and as I look through this tonight 45 plus years later I finally understand what happened and why. So very sad and tragic. Who knows what he could have done in life. But that wasn’t meant to be. Still a sadness in my memories and heart of a wonderful young man that left too soon.

  65. Philip Drew, Surrey, UK :

    December 31st is always such a sad time for me when the legend that is Pete Duel was taken from us tragically too soon to walk through the saloon gates of heaven. Have told my 2 dear children of “Smith and Jones” and they have loved watching when ITV4 repeat the episodes and have said “why don’t they make programmes like that any more?” rather than the garbage of reality TV and the likes of The X Factor, numerous game shows just increasing the ego and wage packets of presenters who are not fit to tie the great man’s bootlaces. And they are so right.

    He had such a cheeky and devilish smile that captured the hearts of us all, we so wanted him to get married in the series but then we wouldn’t have seen the lads’s adventures I guess as he would have settled down! One episode I recall especially was his reciting poetry as a ruse to help the Kid out, claiming he was unable to write the words down……….and you thought he had found his belle but you knew it wouldn’t happen! Even made me cry and does to this day. We all miss him as can be seen by the beautiful words and verse put down here and for a man to have such an impact on us all here speaks volumes of what a great actor and talent he was and heaven took him way too soon forever reason on that fateful NYE night back in 1971.

    One thing for sure is that infectious smile is looking down from the stars above and probably winking at us all as a means of just saying “thanks guys, I didn’t do too bad!” – he was just a lovely guy, no airs and graces and a great actor. Pete, you might be gone but you’re never forgotten, we loved you here in the UK and are grateful for the pleasure and laughs you gave us as HH and hope God saw it fitting to give you your amnesty! Miss you mate so much

    My daughter is due to give birth to her first child, my first grandchild, on 24th February 2017 and how fitting that would be to have the same birthday as Pete……………..keep smiling on her or him please as I know you will xx

    Phil Drew, Surrey, UK

    • Margaret :

      Philip, It is lovely to hear your comments about Pete, but if you are thinking he was in the episode showing Joshua Smith learning poetry in order to make someone fall in love with him so that he could use her to save The Kid, then I’m afraid you are mistaken. This story was in Season 3 after Pete’s death. The episode was “The Ten Days That Shook Kid Curry”. It was Roger Davis playing the part of Hannibal Heyes. Nevertheless your admiration and joy of Pete’s acting is clear from your comments, and yes, we all loved this cheeky chap with a smile that could melt your heart!

  66. PattyB :

    I was just telling my parents last nite, how one NYE stood out in my mind from my childhood, when my favorite actor shot himself. I said I think I was 10, and now see that’s correct. I was so devastated! What a talented and beautiful man he was… forever remembered.

  67. Liz - Leeds UK :

    Just to say I remember, though it doesn’t take any one day for me to think of you. You’re always in my thoughts and in my heart. You mean so much to so many of us, Love also to Geoff and to Jackie at this especially sad time of the year. Not forgetting how Pamela and family must be feeling too. Your gentle spirit lives on in all of us, Peter, while-ever we remember and we will never forget.

  68. Karen Ravenscroft :

    It never ceases to amaze me that no other celebrity seems so have such a loyal following of fans around the world that remember both Pete’s birthday and that fateful day we lost him. Forever in our hearts and minds that gentle soul and smile that made me week at the knees…love Karen XX

  69. Maggie :

    Miss you still 45 years on. Never forgotten xxxx

  70. Janice :

    45 years, can’ t believe it, I was 13 when I heard the news,absolutely gutted, I thought the world of you and always will, my love for ever

  71. Gary :

    Well i was 10 when you left us ,then i was broken hearted and at that age and year did not understand why,later in life i understood.i want you to know i wanted to invite you to supper and was going to write asking you if would come to a small town called windham maine.I dont believe it was the show that made you but you made the show.I think about you from the first time i saw that beautiful smile.I guess back then i had a crush on you and just maybe my first and even today looking back at you i believe it was.I loved the way you held your expressions,your eyes and of course the smile…miss you yoday as much i did then…

  72. DebsUK :

    Thinking of you today Pete. Forever in our hearts….never forgotten x

  73. Lucy, Arizona :

    I love when fans write “Rest Softly, Pete”. I believe he does. I miss him still, his smile, acting, love for animals, environment. Way ahead of his time. Gone longer than alive, however, still remembered. Precious gift is he.
    Thank you Laura and Geoffrey for keeping his memory alive. May you be blessed.

  74. Robbin :

    Hard to believe that we lost you 45 years ago, Peter. You were a wonderful talent, and great at whatever role you played. You are always missed. Rest in peace. Wish you were still here.

  75. Marianne, Hayle UK :

    I think of you in the morning Pete, I think of you at night,
    I think of you when it’s raining, or when the stars are bright.
    It doesn’t really matter, any time of day will do
    All I know is I miss you and will always love you too.

    I wish I could turn back the years, to have you live once more,
    To send your message of peace and ecology, just like you did before.
    To see you grow and love your life, is how it should have been,
    Would take away the sadness in my heart, for that I can only dream x

  76. Tom Becker :

    Dear Pete. Today it’s 45 years since you left us. I was only ten when the news broke that the star of my favorite TV-show had died. It was the first time in my life that I felt the loss of a person that I loved, and I still get that horrible feeling when I think of it. Thanks for what you ment to a little lonesome boy who looked forward to each time your show was aired.

    Tom, Raelingen, Norway.

  77. Don Harder :

    In Loving Memory Of Peter Ellstrom Deuel Pete Duel February 24, 1940 – December 31, 1971….. At the 45th Anniversary of Pete’s passing into Eternal Life…..Forever Remembered as Our Dear friend Hannibal Heyes……Don Harder December 30, 2016

  78. pat palmer :

    Beautiful Pete, held close in my heart and loved for always.x

  79. L.D.Zafar :

    With Love to Pete

    I find my self at a loss for words,
    not knowing what to say
    As I am finally standing here
    where you have so long laid;
    To honor promise made so long ago
    that took many a year to do so.
    I have loved you in my silence
    through all these many years
    Since the time that young girl
    for you, shed so many tears
    I have come full circle
    as I now pay tribute to you
    Something I felt deep in my soul
    and knew I had to do
    As long as I live your memory
    I will keep alive
    For love, my Pete, is stronger than death
    and will not ever die.
    The gentle breeze of the cool fall air
    touches my very soul.
    I know this time of year my friend,
    was something you cherished so
    The colors of the autumn leaves,
    the freshness of that cool little breeze,
    The call of the wild geese that fill the air,
    the bounty of nature seen every where….
    Yes, I too, reflect on these things
    as I think of you.
    When this day is done, and the night begins to set in,
    I wistfully think about the day it had been.
    As I wish upon a star, I sense my Pete
    You’re really not far.
    Everywhere in this beautiful place….the mountains,
    the forest, the colors of fall, I see the echoes of your face.
    I hope in the next life to see you again,
    until then, dear Pete, goodbye sweet friend….

  80. L.D.Zafar :

    Remembering you this evening on the anniversary of that dark night so long ago when we lost your physical presence but never your spirit. Love never dies it is carried with us throughout all our life times….

  81. Barbara :

    I still remember and I still love that smile. Peace to you Pete.

  82. Mary Rose :

    The saddest night of the year. Never forgotten

  83. Linda :

    45 years. So hard to believe. You are thought of everyday and missed everyday. Hope you found your peace and happiness in heaven. You deserve it! Peace and ecology now!

  84. Susan :

    After all these years I still get that horrible feeling in my tummy when I think of Pete and know that his been gone so long. Will always love him and will never forget him still so very sad God bless you pete you shine on in my heartxxx thank you Laura and Geoffrey and family for all you do for us true fansxxx.

  85. Avril, Edinburgh :

    You left way too soon, Pete. You are missed by so many, and although we can’t bring you back we can keep you close. Love always. Avril, Edinburgh.

  86. Marianne :

    It really doesn’t seem possible, 45 years since you left us.
    If only you could look back to see how you have been missed and are still loved by so many.
    Just a young man who had achieved so much in your 31 years, but you had so much more to give.
    I wish your dreams had come true to make you happy.
    I miss you as much now as I did then, forever with sadness in my heart but thank you for being a part of my life x

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