Less than three weeks before his death, Peter told Los Angeles Times TV Editor, Cecil Smith, "That series, this series, any series is a big fat drag to an actor who has any interest in his work. It's the ultimate trap. You slowly lose any artistic thing you may have. It's utterly destructive. And you stay tired all the time ... It isn't the work that tires you, it's that it's all such a dreadful bore that it makes you weary, weary... "