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Pete Duel


’60s and 70’s tv acting professional known for tasks in Gidget, Like on the Rooftop, Alias Smith, and Types. He was an associate of the Country wide Thespians Culture while going to Penfield SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He also made an appearance in it films, The Scarecrow and How exactly to Steal an Aircraft. He previously a younger sibling, Geoffrey, who was simply also an acting professional, and a sister called Pamela. He guest-starred on two shows from the Virginian with Wayne Drury .

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Full Name Pete Duel
Date Of Birth February 24, 1940
Died December 31, 1971, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Rochester, NY
Profession TV Actor
Education St. Lawrence University
Nationality American
Parents Lillian Deuel, Dr. Ellsworth
Siblings Geoffrey Deuel, Pamela Deuel
Movies Cannon for Cordoba, The Hell with Heroes, The Scarecrow, Generation, A Time for Giving, Alias Smith and Jones, The Young Country, How to Steal an Airplane, The Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children, Only One Day Left Before Tomorrow, The Savage Eye, The Gun and the Nun, The Day They Hanged Kid Curry, God Bless the Children, Secrets of a Psychiatrist, One Day Before Tomorrow
TV Shows Alias Smith and Jones, Love on a Rooftop, Gidget
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1Was named the "Most Promising Male Star" of 1966 in Quigley Publications' "Television Almanac".
2At the time of his suicide, police reported that the gun Duel used had also been used to shoot a framed telegram telling him that he hadn't been elected to the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.
3Father was physician in small town of Penfield, outside Rochester, New York. Pete attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC from 1957-1961. Played three one-year TV stints: Gidget (1965), Love on a Rooftop (1966) (co-star) and Alias Smith and Jones (1971) (co-star).
4Brother of actor Geoffrey Deuel and singer Pamela Deuel.



Alias Smith and Jones1971-1972TV SeriesHannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith)
The Scarecrow1972TV MovieRichard Talbot
How to Steal an Airplane1971TV MovieSam Rollins
The Name of the Game1968-1971TV SeriesTed Sands / Chernin
The Psychiatrist1970-1971TV SeriesCasey Poe / Casey T. Poe
Marcus Welby, M.D.1969-1971TV SeriesRoger Nastili / Lew Sawyer
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1970TV SeriesJerry Purdue
The Young Lawyers1970TV SeriesDom Acosta
The Interns1970TV SeriesFred Chalmers
Matt Lincoln1970TV SeriesFather Nicholas Burrell
Cannon for Cordoba1970Andy Rice
Insight1970TV SeriesEdward
The Young Country1970TV MovieHonest John Smith
Generation1969Walter Owen
The Virginian1968-1969TV SeriesDenny Todd / Jim Dewey aka Thomas Baker
The Hell with Heroes1968Mike Brewer
Ironside1968TV SeriesJonathan Dix
The F.B.I.1965-1967TV SeriesMike James / Wayne Everett Powell
Love on a Rooftop1966-1967TV SeriesDavid Willis
Gidget1965-1966TV SeriesJohn Cooper / John
W.I.A. Wounded in Action1966Pvt. Myers
12 O'Clock High1964-1965TV SeriesLieutenant Ditchik / Lt. Jake Benning
The Fugitive1965TV SeriesBuzzy
Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha1965TV MovieWild Youth (as Peter E. Deuel)
Mickey1964TV SeriesCrazy Hips McNish
Gomer Pyle: USMC1964TV Series1st Man
Combat!1964TV SeriesSzigeti
Espionage Target: You1964ShortPete Karras (uncredited)
Channing1963TV SeriesJosh Drake



The Merv Griffin Show1971TV SeriesHimself
It's Happening1968TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1966-1967TV SeriesHimself

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E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself

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1On his love for cars and motorcycles: Cars and motorcycles are a weakness I watch. I'm mechanical and revel in the quality of a fine car and cycle. When I was on tour with the play I fell for a British sports car. The payments on it were too high during my first year here so I learned not to do that again. I drive a jeep. It's rugged but not cheap, either. If a date thinks we should go somewhere in a nicer car, we transfer to hers. If it's a premiere, I rent one for the evening. I sold my last motorcycle five months ago, when I was persuaded it was dangerous. I'm apt to buy a new one, though. I admit I once split my right leg open from my knee to my ankle when a nut turned in front of me abruptly and sent me careening down a canyon. (1967)
2On changing the spelling of his name: It all came to a head about a year and a half ago. A lot of things entered into it. I'm not conventional in my habits. I had personal problems that made me feel it was time to try something new. Then there was the matter of simplicity. People were always saying 'Peter who?' or 'Peter O'Toole?' There were too many questions. I first took the 'e' out of Deuel, and then said to myself, 'Why not take the 'r' out of Peter and make that a four-letter word, too, to balance the other? (1971)
3It's a big fat drag to any actor with interest in his work. It's the ultimate trap. - on doing a weekly series
4After two or three interviews, talking about pictures and how they're made and what I do in them and what I'm going to do next, there's nothing more to say.

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