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 (403)

  1. Roger :

    I was just 10 when he passed 50 yrs of memories one of my best was of pete duel and Ben Murphy. Loved their shows

  2. Fiona Sheach :

    Cop 26 has recently been held in my country, in Glasgow. Many of the environmental issues debated were causes Pete campaigned for. He was ahead of his time.
    I was too young to watch the original Alias Smith and Jones but enjoyed the reruns in the 70s in Britain. I grew up watching Westerns as my late father loved them. I cannot believe it’s fifty years since Alias Smith and Jones was broadcast.
    R.I.P. Pete. I would like to think you would approve of the direction the world is trying to take.

  3. Alex Devereux :

    I am watching the DVD set of Smith and Jones, just purchased and am enjoying it immeasurably. After 50 years Pete Duel’s smile still lights up my day and makes me smile. Bless him.

  4. Nancy :

    Have been admirer of Pete for yrs. Wish I could have known him and been a friend to him. He is always a friend of mine. I watch everything I can get hold of with Pete in it. He had such a beautiful smile when I see him smile it makes me feel good. So I keep him in my heart. He will always be part of my life. I wish he could have known how many people appreciated his talents and how he made so many people happy. I wish we could have made him happy.

  5. Cynthia :

    I was 9 when Pete Duel killed himself. I used to have his framed picture in the table by my bed. I honestly thought if he had just know how much I loved him, he wouldn’t have killed himself. It’s almost 50 years now, and I still remember how devastated I was. I will never forget him.

  6. Carla Ann Burwitz :

    I was 10 when I first saw Pete and I instantly fell in love. I was in awe with this beautiful man and everything about him. I still remember the exact moment I heard about his death. I was with my mom heading into town to go grocery shopping. We had just stopped at the stop sign and the radio broadcaster said Pete was dead. I burst into tears and I felt like throwing up. When we got to the store my mom asked if I needed time alone. She knew my heart was broken. He made a huge impact on my life. When I think back to things I read about him as a child I see how many of my adult decisions and actions reflect things I learned from him. 50 years later I see his face and I still feel the pain that 10 year old girl felt. He is still beautiful and I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to see him on TV, to read about him, to fall in love with him. My heart still skips a beat when I see his face.

    • Noemi :

      aww…. Yes 50 years later and I still wonder what I was doing when the news of his death was broadcasted (thanks for sharing) 😢❤️

  7. Mike Haley :

    One great actor. I am in Lexington, Ky. I still have the orignal news paper from when he died.

  8. Laurie Swenson :

    Randomly thought about Pete today and read the Wikipedia article about Alias Smith and Jones and about Pete and followed the link here. I was in junior high when Pete took his own life. I was devastated. I put together an album of all the stories about him back then, with clippings from teen magazines. My parents had a drugstore and they got to keep all the magazines that didn’t sell (they tore the covers off and sent those in) so I had access to all the teen magazines. I’m not devastated anymore but I still feel pangs about it, remembering that younger me, and I feel that sense of heartache for someone who was in that place in their head where they felt they needed to leave the world and not pursue a future and everything that would have been part of it. I sure would have loved to have seen what he would have done in Alias Smith and Jones and beyond. Best to you you all.

  9. Noemi :

    Remembering Pete today…..just because 🤠

    • Laura :

      Remembering him with you. ♥️

    • Carol :

      I think about him often. It’s too bad that he didn’t realize how much of an influence he was on so many people. Back then it was so uncommon for people to care about the things that Peter cared about. He really stood out!! And he was talented and easy on the eyes as well!! It was that combination–the caring about animals and politics and the environment–and the talented acting—-that was irresistible. RIP Peter!!

  10. Joanna Drayton :

    I remember so clearly hearing of Pete’s passing on 31st December 1971. So long ago now but it stills upsets me thinking about this beautiful man who was taken away far too soon. It was the first time I had ever felt such a deep sense of utter despair and loss and for someone I had never even met. I was 14 years old.

  11. jenny m :

    what a great actor and what an even greater human being ,his soul was too sensitive for this world..I loved him from the first moment I set eyes on him and ill never forget him..
    RIP Peter…….heavens gain was our loss….

  12. colleen callea :

    the first time i saw peter i never saw anything more perfect in my life I miss him more than I can say happy birthday sweet peter much love

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