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Peter Duel

  • Original Name Peter Ellstrom Deuel
  • Birth 24 Feb 1940 Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Death 31 Dec 1971 Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Penfield, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Plot 361D
  • Memorial ID 6103572

Actor. He is best remembered for his role of Hannibal Hayes in the television series "Alias Smith and Jones". Born in Rochester, New York, he took acting lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City from 1957 to 1961. He moved on to his dream of acting in Hollywood in 1963 after a tour with the National Road Company's "Take Her, She's Mine." After doing many small walk-on roles on various television series, he was cast for one season in the role of ‘John Cooper’, next to Sally Field, in the television series "Gidget" (1965). Immediately after "Gidget" he worked in the television series "Love On A Rooftop" with Judy Carne, playing the role of ‘David Willis’, but it too, lasted only one season. In July 1967, he signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios, and he eventually won the role of Hannibal Hayes in the comedy Western series "Alias Smith and Jones" which ran on ABC television. The series was a big hit with teenagers and he quickly gained a loyal following. His sudden death in 1971 by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot took everyone by surprise, however investigation indicated that he was depressed and had severe alcohol problems. During an interview, he was asked how he felt doing a weekly series, to which he replied, "It's a big fat drag to any actor with interest in his work. It's the ultimate trap."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6103572
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Duel (24 Feb 1940–31 Dec 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6103572, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Penfield, Monroe County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .