Pete Duel was born Peter
Ellstrom Deuel in Rochester, New York on 24 February 1940.
best known for his role as Hannibal Heyes in the comedy western Alias
Smith and Jones which ran from January 1971, in which he co-starred with
Alias Smith and Jones, he had a semi-regular role in the Gidget
series (which starred Sally Field) in 1965 and a co-starring role with
Judy Carne in the sitcom Love on a Rooftop in 1966.
In addition, he
made numerous appearances as a guest star on other series - many in highly
dramatic roles, demonstrating an entirely different side to his acting
talents. Most memorably, he appeared in The Virginian, Ironside,
Marcus Welby MD, The FBI, The Name of the Game and The Psychiatrist.
He died in the early hours
of 31 December 1971 of a gunshot wound to the head. The official
verdict was "probable suicide". Although nothing is
certain, he described himself as someone who had suffered depression and
it seems he also battled alcohol problems.