Life Just Wasn’t Worth Living
Modern Screen’s Hollywood Yearbook, 1973
He was young (31), good looking, the star of a successful TV series (Alias Smith and Jones) and had a best gal. He had everything, in fact, except peace of mind. And the prospect of facing 1972 was simply too much for him. So, on December 31, Pete Duel picked up a gun, went into the living room, and shot himself through the head. When his girlfriend, Dianne Ray, rushed into the living room, she found Peter slumped on the floor near a brightly lit Christmas tree.
Many reasons have been given …
WHY THEY BOTH NEED TO GET MARRIED!
by Linda Darwood; TV Family, June 1971
In January of 1971, two new and very handsome faces made their premiere on television. It was a premiere in the sense that Pete Duel and Ben Murphy are starring together for the first time in a brand new TV series. These two aren’t completely new to television; they have made various appearances in various shows, but they are new to co-starring roles.
Both Pete and Ben can be classified with the new breed of actors who realize that the real world is not in and around the studio. …
16 Magazine, July 1971
One of the programs that will return is ABC’s hit western series Alias Smith and Jones. Those two lovable “outlaws”, Pete Duel and Ben Murphy, will be back with more escapades and adventures to keep you laughing and loving along! While the show is on hiatus, Pete and Ben will use the time to relax and “get away from it all.”
Pete will take off for the country and some camping out, while sidekick Ben gets some books out of the library and reads! Why don’t you tell Pete and Ben how happy you are that they’ll be …
The Box Magazine, 1997; No 46 Pete Duel
The James Dean of television. After six years of bit parts in series like The Virginian and Marcus Welby, M.D., Duel finally made it big as poker-faced gambling Hannibal Heyes in Alias Smith and Jones. But before the first series had finished running, he had been found shot. Officially it was suicide. It was also a tragic waste; he was 31.
by Walter Scott; Parade Magazine, October 29, 1972
Q. What’s this about a Peter Duel cult springing up in England since the actor’s death?
A. Ever since the star of Alias Smith and Jones shot himself last December, the BBC has received some 7,000 letters a week from fans demanding that the series be aired again. Therefore, the network is using the reruns rather than the programs with his replacement.
SPEC 16 Magazine, February 1972
By now, all you SPEC-ers know all the fax about two of your fav raves — Pete Duel and Ben Murphy — the dream dolls you watch every Thursday night at 7:30 on ABC’s Alias Smith and Jones. You’ve been sending loads of mail to SPEC asking kooky questions about these two guys. We compiled a list of the 20 questions asked most frequently and had Pete and Ben answer you! Now, imagine you’re a reporter for SPEC and this is your assignment! Get out your pen and paper and fire away — cos this is how …
by Funky Duke Lewis; Tigerbeat, July 1971
Smith and Jones may be a pair of saddlesore drifters on ABC Channel 7, but fans of Old West action love the bums! It’s a toss-up which of the two pards is the most popular with female addicts of the little flickering box. Both are young, handsome, splendid physical types with arresting personalities. Even more important, both are unmarried. Let’s make a quick word-sketch of each to help you decide which one to concentrate your love powers on.
Pete Duel, alias Joshua Smith, alias Hannibal Heyes, is a lean, brown-eyed six-footer [he was actually five-feet-ten], …