by Lois Kane; Silver Screen, July 1975
Why would a man like Pete Duel — rich, handsome, successful — want to die? Pete Duel left more than his shattered body behind when he made his violent exit from the stage of life. He also left us with the mystery of why he chose to kill himself.
The handsome 31-year-old star of Alias Smith and Jones was in a position that any other young man would envy. He was an actor on the way up, with money in the bank and his clean-cut cowboy image in just about every young girl’s heart.
Lucky, successful …
A fan’s tribute to Peter Deuel
by Sherilyn Smith; October 2000
In my mind’s eye, in a flash
Broken dreams, meant to last
Seventy-one, his will to lose,
Imposed haunting mid-war blues.
On his steed, his head held high
Shining armor, sword and style
Dark eyes glittering all that is
Passion, rage and love and death.
And all the love, the love had I,
Young one to hear his battle cry.
Then gone was he, the one I loved
In an instant, in a flash,
Is my sorrow meant to last?
Please go then, Pete, and be at peace
Rest, my love, your dreams be sweet
When you wake, our spirits wait
For your return, in faith and …
The Woman Who Will Never Forget Pete Duel’s Death!
Why She’ll Always Wonder
by Felicia Griffith; Screen Parade, June 1972
Pete Duel’s lifetime, however short, was a full one. And one of its most fulfilling elements, especially towards its end, was his girlfriend, Dianne Ray. Although they never married, Pete and Dianne were as close to each other as any man and woman could be. And if anyone could have prevented Pete from taking his own life, that person may well have been Dianne.
Pete was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Dr. Ellsworth S. Deuel and the former Lillian M. …
Added to the Guest Appearances in the Video Gallery: Peter’s role in The Bold Ones: Trial of a PFC. Summary: Nichols agrees to defend a decorated Vietnam veteran — played by Pete Duel — now living a counterculture lifestyle, who is charged with murdering a platoon mate with whom he was lifelong friends. But though he says he is innocent, he refuses to tell exactly what did happen or why. Also stars: Burl Ives, Joseph Campanella, James Farentino.
To celebrate Peter’s 76th birthday, we have set 140 photos taken of Peter during an interview at John Napier’s house in October 1971 to a seven-minute slideshow on DVD. Click the headline above for more details.
Editor’s Note: Alwyn Kurts, also known as Alwyn Kurtis, (28 October 1915 – 4 May 2000) was an Australian drama and comedy actor best remembered for his role as gruff Inspector Colin Fox in the TV series Homicide.
‘Homicide’ Cop Tells; article originally published February 19, 1972, TV Week, Page 15
Alwyn Kurts, Homicide‘s Inspector Fox, had lunch with Alias Smith and Jones star Peter Duel only four days before the Western star committed suicide.
Kurt was holidaying on the American west coast when he paid a visit to Hollywood.
“I had arranged the visit well before I left,” said Alwyn, “and when …
Unknown newspaper, December 31, 1971
Hollywood, Dec. 31 (Special) — TV star Peter Duel, 31, who plays the role of a reformed outlaw on the Alias Smith and Jones Western series, was found shot to death early today beneath a Christmas tree in his Hollywood hills home.
The dark-haired actor, a native of Rochester, N.Y., where his family lives, was found sprawled in the living room floor with a bullet wound in his right temple.
Detectives said they found a 38-caliber revolver near Duel’s body in the modest, two-bedroom home where he lived alone. The gun had been fired twice, police said.
Called Possible …