Life and Times: Mike Wallace

A look at the life and times of CBS newsman Mike Wallace, one of the original correspondents for "60 Minutes."

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Mike Wallace, longtime CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent, reacts during an interview at his office in New York, Monday May 8, 2006.
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CBS news legend Mike Wallace, the dogged "60 Minutes" reporter famous for his tough interviews with politicians, celebrities and other public figures, died on April 7, 2012.
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Wallace was the first person hired by late CBS news producer Don Hewitt when he first put together the staff of "60 Minutes" in 1968. Wallace's late colleague Harry Reasoner once said, "There is one thing that Mike can do better than anybody else: With an angelic smile, he can ask a question that would get anyone else smashed in the face."
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Wallace, pictured here with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was known for his hard-hitting interview style and skeptical follow-up questions that often started with the words "forgive me, but..." or "come on."
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Wallace insisted that he didn't have an unfair advantage over his subjects. "The person I'm interviewing has not been subpoenaed. He's in charge of himself, and he lives with his subject matter every day. All I'm armed with is research."
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Wallace retired as a regular correspondent in March 2006, but he continued doing "60 Minutes" interviews with subjects such as assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, pictured here, until he was slowed by heart surgery in 2008.
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Mike Wallace speaks onstage at the 50th Annual New York Emmy Awards Gala on April 1, 2007 in New York City. Wallace won 21 Emmy awards during his 60 year-long career, as well as five DuPont-Columbia journalism and five Peabody awards.
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Wallace was married four times. In 1986, he wed Mary Yates Wallace, pictured here. Besides his wife, Wallace is survived by his son, Chris, a stepdaughter, Pauline Dora, and stepson Eames Yates.
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Wallace was born on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Mass. He began his news career in Chicago in the 1940s and started at CBS in 1951. In the 1950s, he was an announcer and game show host for such programs as "What's in a Word?" and NBC's "The Big Surprise."
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Television interviewer Mike Wallace (left) and British writer Malcolm Muggeridge chat with each other in ABC Television Studio prior their appearance on the network's "Mike Wallace Interview" show in New York City on Oct. 19, 1957.
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Actor Errol Flynn, left, and Mike Wallace are shown before NBC's "The Big Surprise" TV show in Feb. 12, 1957.
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Glances are exchanged by Arlene Francis and Gary Moore as Mike Wallace looks over their shoulders at award certificates during annual judging of the Bedside Network Competition in New York on Nov. 14, 1963.
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Mike Wallace reads papers in the offices of "CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace," February 25, 1964.
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A plainclothes police officer, right, argues with CBS television newsman Mike Wallace and New York delegate Alex Rosenberg, just beyond Wallace, during a fracas on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 28, 1968.
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Mike Wallace is hustled off the Democratic National Convention floor in the aftermath of row between delegates and security officers during nominating session on August 28, 1968 in Chicago.
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Mike Wallace and veteran news producer Don Hewitt of CBS News, stand on the set of "60 Minutes" on June 8, 1975.
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Mike Wallace, right, with Gore Vidal in CBS-TV Newsroom on April 6, 1978.
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Dan Rather, center, joined by Harry Reasoner, second from right, and Mike Wallace, right, celebrates his first anniversary as anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, at a restaurant in New York, March 9, 1982. The three once worked together on CBS News' "60 Minutes."
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Mike Wallace, a defendant in the $120 million libel suit that retired Gen. William Westmoreland brought against CBS, leaves district court on Oct. 10, 1984 in New York. Wallace interviewed Westmoreland for a Vietnam War documentary in which the general claims CBS falsely and maliciously defamed him.
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Mike Wallace talks to reporters at the Federal Court on Oct. 11 1984, Foley Square, after the first day of the Westmoreland-CBS trial. Wallace, who narrated the CBS program, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception," was a defendant in the $120 million libel suit.
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Mike Wallace leaves Federal Court at Foley Square in New York City on Oct. 12, 1984.
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Mike Wallace and other CBS News correspondents share a laugh with White House correspondent Lesley Stahl, center, during the taping of NBC's "Donahue" show Wednesday, May 17, 1990 in New York.
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Mike Wallace poses with "60 Minutes" executive Producer Don Hewitt after the show won an award at the People's Choice Awards on Monday, March 12, 1991 in Los Angeles.
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Mike Wallace and the "60 Minutes" team pose for photographers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Nov.10, 1993. The award-winning CBS news show is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
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News correspondents from "60 Minutes" pose for a promotional portrait on May 15, 2003 in New York. (L-R): Morely Safer, Steve Kroft, Mike Wallace, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley and Andy Rooney.
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CNN's Larry King interviews Don Hewitt, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and Bob Simon of the "60 Minutes" anchor team during a taping of "Larry King Live" on Tuesday, June 8, 2004.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad turned the tables on Wallace in a 2006 interview. "I hear this is your last interview," the president said. Replied Wallace: "What do you think? Is it a good idea to retire?"
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to CBS newsman Mike Wallace during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence just outside Moscow, Sunday, May 8, 2005.
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Mike Wallace signs his memoir, "Between You and Me," at the 2005 Book Expo held at the Javits Center on June 4, 2005, in New York.
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Mike Wallace, right, joins editor Warren Lustig during an editing session in New York, Monday May 8, 2006. On May 21, CBS saluted Wallace with a retrospective broadcast, "I'm Mike Wallace: A '60 Minutes' Tribute."
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EMPTY_CAPTION"It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace," said CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves. "His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS."
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