Actor Pete Duel

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 26, 2005

What can you tell me about Pete Duel from the TV show Alias Smith and Jones? I understand that he committed suicide. Is this true?
— John W., Arkansas

Yes, Pete Duel, who had a history of depression and alcoholism, died in 1971 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was only 30 at the time, with a very promising career ahead of him. Born Peter Deuel in Rochester, N.Y., he began his career on stage with a national tour of Take Her, She's Mine and moved to Hollywood in 1963. After roles in the TV series Gidget and Love on a Rooftop, he landed the part of Hannibal Heyes in Alias Smith and Jones in 1970. Roger Davis took over the role in the series after Duel's death.