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"The only previous connection Roger Davis ever had with Universal was when secret thoughts or problems there might have been that conquered Pete's On the night of December 30, , 31 year old Pete Duel walked . In October , Universal offered Pete the co-starring role, with Ben Murphy. Articles on actor Pete Duel (aka Peter Deuel) of the western TV series Alias Smith and Excerpt from "Sally Field's Problems with Men", Modern Screen, October . "Pete Duel & Ben Murphy Confess: 'We Don't Believe in Marriage!'. It was a pretty easy relationship. Laura: Did you think of him more as a friend or a colleague? Ben: A colleague. Laura: You've said you didn't socialize with him.
This is sometimes due to faulty memories after 30 years.
However, as this article shows, some bad info is because reports that fans read in were inaccurate. Excerpt from a newspaper articleDallas Morning News, January 4, Based on the articles on this website, I think that this article is incorrect in stating that Ben received most of the publicity for the show.
This is not entirely accurate. This wasn't an original thought--Cecil Smith did it here, 25 years earlier. The film that goes with this narration shows snowy scenes from Penfield including the funeral home, the Deuel house, family and friends arriving at the church for the funeral, the inside and outside of the church, the school Pete attended, and the Four Corners area of Penfield. An article from Pete's hometown newspaper.
Includes quotes by teenage male fans in Pete's hometown of Penfield, New York. This was sent by Linda and Thorne. Death noticeTime Magazine, January 10, This includes several very interesting quotes from Pete. The writer was the entertainment reporter for the Syracuse Herald Journal, a major newspaper in Pete's native upstate New York.
Includes short quotes that Pete had given the writer during interviews. English translation, thanks to Elaine, of the above Spanish article. The article is somewhat lacking in accuracy--for example, Pete was 31 and his brother Geoff starred in Chisum. Short with Spanish and English included here. Sent by Ana with translation by Elaine. Thanks to Linda and Thorne for the text and Kathleen for the photos. Short quotes from Pete published after his death.
This is very short, with both Spanish and English included here. Sent by Ana and translated by Elaine. Concerning the content of the program itself, Smith and Jones are a pair of outlaws trying to go straight in the Old West. Unfortunately, going straight is not, for them at least, a simple matter of giving up robberies, shoot-outs, and all their other shenanigans of "the old days".
Pete Duel seemed to have everything to live for at the time he took his life. However, fame and success weren't enough. Life certainly isn't easy for these two men. Because of their past record it is anything but easy for them to find jobs, who would want to hire outlaws?Pete Duel and Ben Murphy in "Working on a Dream"
Besides not being able to find jobs, both Smith and Jones constantly have to be on the lookout for bounty hunters, because they still have a price on their head.
The result is an adventure series that is both comic and touching as well as exciting. Truly an unusual combination for television.
But the show itself doesn't stop there--the producers attempt, and with a reasonable amount of success, to put together episodes that will not only be entertaining but enlightening as well. Today, one of the major problems in America lies in the area of criminal justice, especially criminal rehabilitation reform. The producers of this show have joined many other Americans who are becoming well aware of the sad fact that many of the men imprisoned today are not guilty, but rather they are awaiting trial.
And the uprisings at Attica and The Tombs also show that something must be done about the prison situation. The producers of Alias Smith and Jones hope that their show can shed some light on this timely subject as well as providing an hour's worth of enjoyable entertainment each week.
The show was in its second season this year, and doing quite well, when tragedy struck. Pete Duel, the young man who costarred with Ben Murphy on the show, took his own life on the night before New Year's Eve.
Needless to say, there have been many theories evolved to give reason to Pete's decision to take his life. The young actor certainly didn't seem to have any outward reason for his action, he was successful, and he seemed happy and contented. As far as his career in acting was concerned, he was enjoying a tremendous success. He was probably one of the most popular young stars on television. He did very well in his career, right from the start.
His first television series, Love on a Rooftop, earned him nothing but fine reviews. And as for his role of Hannibal Hayes [sic] on Alias Smith and Jones, the role was universally acclaimed.
Hollywood knew, as Pete must have, that by the end of the series he would be in a position where he could just about have his pick of roles. Outside of his professional life, Pete was always a very concerned young man, who seemingly placed a great value on life.
Ecology was one of his main interests. There is the much publicized description of his apartment to back this up. He collected, in various corners of his apartment, piles of old newspapers and mountains of tin cans, both to be recycled. He was well aware that the environment of this country is in big trouble, and that soon it would be in a condition beyond repair.
He was doing everything in his power to help save the nation's environment.
- Ben Murphy - What's In A Name? by moonshadow
But the country's environment was not Pete Duel's only concern. He was also active in politics, using his influence on those men who he felt would do the things most urgently required for the safety and comfort of this nation. For example, inPete Duel joined forces with a large group of celebrities, including Mr.
Pete Duel - Wikipedia
Police outside Pete's Hollywood home on Dec. Of course, Pete did not live solely for the benefit of mankind. That would be a very difficult, if not impossible, style of life. The thing that Pete perhaps cherished above all else was his love of Diane Ray.
Although Pete and Diane never considered marriage, at least not publicly, they did live together quite a bit of the time.
Their relationship to one another was on the same level as a married couple's would be. Even though Pete did have a fantastic career, an active life, and a fine personal relationship he, like all of us, had a certain amount of problems. One of Pete's constant problems was that it was very easy for him to become bored. He found it very difficult to comfortably settle into a routine.