Question: Question: I caught Alias Smith and Jones on the Western Channel and once more enjoyed a great show. Was it ever determined why Pete Deuel committed suicide? — Barbara, Oklahoma City
Televisionary: If there were any concrete reasons — and it often isn't just one issue in such cases — I'm not aware of them, Barbara. However, from what I've read, it's pretty clear that Duel (who for professional reasons changed the spelling of his name from the version you supply) was a pretty intense guy who was, to say the least, dubious about the television game and fame in general.
During a TV Guide interview in 1971, after his series launched on ABC in January of that year, Duel readily admitted he wasn't comfortable with doing press. "This is a part of the business I find amusing and also frightening," he said. "There's a kind of reality to all this press-personality myth, but fame in s