Monday, April 17, 2006
Do You Know This Man? The Answer
The answer couldn't wait till tomorrow. Not sure if I would have time to post it so here it is. The man is Pete Duel. He was in some movies that were modest hits. He is better remembered for his TV shows. He co-starred in Gidget with Sally Fields. Later he was the star of Love On A Rooftop. In the 70's he co-starred with Ben Murphy in the western Alias Smith And Jones. They were two outlaws who wanted to go straight. The Governor gave them a pardon but they couldn't tell anyone. Till the Governor was sure they were on the straight and narrow it was a secret between the 3 of them. Their real names were Hayes and Curry but they were wanted with a price on their heads with those names. They decided to call themselves Smith and Jones. Suddenly the Governor died. He was the only one who knew of the pardon so it was more of a challange to stay straight. The show was an instant hit. It was perhaps the biggest hit of Pete Duel's career. Who knows what would have happened if he had lived longer. He may have become as big a TV star as Michael Landon. However, half way through the shows 2nd year Mr. Duel was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Dec. 31st 1971. It was ruled a suicide but it may have been an accident. He was given to fits of depression so it was not hard to imagine that he could have comitted suicide. However, someone who worked with him on the set said he always played with the prop guns and sometimes he would act like he was shooting himself. The night he died his girlfriend said that he had watched a basketball game on tv and was drinking heavily. She decided to go to bed early. Later she woke up to see Peter had entered the bedroom to get his gun. He told her "I'll see you later." Awhile later she said she heard a gunshot and went out to find him in the living room dead. Was it an accident or not? We may never know. You can go to Bearmanor Media to buy the book Alias Smith & Jones The Story of Two Pretty Good Bad Men by Sandra K. Sagala and JoAnne M. Bagwell. It is so sad that this talented man died so young.