Pete Duel in ‘The Virginian: The Good-Hearted Badman’
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The Virginian (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
—The Good-Hearted Badman (Season 6, Episode 20; Airdate: 2/7/68) … as Jim Dewey aka Thomas Baker
The Grainger family takes in a young man who has been shot, and stables his weary stallion. Before they learn the stranger is a famous outlaw, he subtly tests each member of the Grainger family for vulnerability as he pretends to be harmless and likeable. He finds his mark in the Grainger’s niece, who believes he is a good man, despite her uncle’s misgivings and plan to take the outlaw to the sheriff in town.
I saw this episode for the first time last night. I was so very impressed by this man’s talent. I felt a horrible sense of loss when I was reminded of how soon we all lost him.
I’m watching the episode now. I had never seen it, either. I was a fan of his from Alias Smith and Jones and was in the 5th grade, and rwas so upset when I heard of his death. I just couldn’t understand.
I just want to thank you for preserving a number of the shows he appeared in. He was so talented. I think of him to this very day.