Highlights from Wallace's life and career
April 8th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

Highlights from Wallace's life and career

Veteran newsman Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93, CBS reported Sunday. Wallace was in front of the camera for decades and was best known as a hard-hitting, provocative news correspondent on "60 Minutes."

Here's a look at some key moments from his life and career. Tell us in the comments how you will remember Wallace.

Personal:

Born: May 9, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts

Birth name: Myron Leon Wallace

Parents: Frank, an insurance broker, and Zina (Sharfman) Wallace

Marriages: Mary Yates (1986 until his death)
Lorraine Perigord (1955-1985, divorced)
Buff Cobb (1949-1955, divorced)
Norma Kaphan (1940-1948, divorced)

Children: with Kaphan: Peter (d. August 1962)
Christopher (October 12, 1947)

Education: University of Michigan, AB, 1939

Military: U.S. Navy, 1943-1946, lieutenant junior grade

Career Highlights:

1940s – Newscaster and freelance radio personality on various radio shows, including "The Green Hornet" and "The Lone Ranger" in Detroit.

1940s-1950s – Serves as the host of a variety of quiz shows: "Majority Rules," "Guess Again," "I'll Buy That," "What's in a Word," "The Big Surprise," and "Who Pays."

1951-1954 – Hosts a talk show with third wife Buff Cobb, called "Mike and Buff."

October 7, 1954 – Makes his Broadway debut in "Reclining Figure."

1956-1957 – Hosts "Night Beat" for WABD-TV in New York.

1957-1958 – Writes a column for the New York Post called "Mike Wallace Asks."

1957-1959 – Hosts "The Mike Wallace Interview" on ABC.

1959-1961 – Hosts "Biography" on CBS.

1963-1966 – Correspondent for "CBS Morning News."

1968 – Is hired by Don Hewitt as a correspondent for the new television show "60 Minutes."

October 1982 – Gen. William C. Westmoreland files a $120 million libel suit against CBS and names Wallace as a defendant. The suit claims the CBS documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception" "held (Westmoreland's reputation) up to scorn, contempt, and ridicule."

October 11, 1984-February 18, 1985 – The Westmoreland v. CBS trial is held in New York District Court. The case is settled out of court for an apology and no money after four months of proceedings.

June 1991 – Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

1998 – Hosts "The Twentieth Century" on the History channel.

September 2003 – Receives an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement, along with the rest of the cast of "60 Minutes."

January 1, 2006 – Appears in the first "CBS Cares" on depression.

March 14, 2006 – Announces that he is stepping down from his anchor position at "60 Minutes," but will still fill in at times and is now in emeritus status. He states, "As I approach my 88th birthday, it's become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren't quite what they used to be."

January 2008 – Interview airs with Roger Clemens on baseball performance-enhancing drugs.

Winner of 5 Peabody Awards, 19 Emmys and a Golden Globe.

Other Facts:

His first three interviews as host of "Night Beat" were with the actress Gloria Swanson, KKK imperial wizard Eldon Edwards, and the gangster Mickey Cohen.

Has narrated many documentaries and TV specials.

1990s – Goes public with his struggle with depression, which dated back to 1984 and the Westmoreland trial.

January 2008 – Undergoes successful triple bypass heart surgery.

His son Chris is host of "Fox News Sunday."

Filmography (pre-"60 Minutes"):
"Shy Guy," 1947, narrator
"Improve Your Spelling," 1948, narrator
"Super Circus," 1949 (TV)
"Stand by for Crime," 1949 (TV)
"You Are There," 1953 (TV)
"I'll Buy That," 1953 (TV) host
"Suspense," 1953 (TV)
"The Web," 1954 (TV)
"GE Theater," 1955 (TV)
"Studio One," 1953 & 1955 (TV)
"The Sword and the Dragon," 1956 (TV), narrator
"The Revlon Revue," 1960 (TV), host

Stage Credits:
"Reclining Figure," October 7, 1954 – January 15, 1955

Publications:
"Mike Wallace Asks," 1958
"Close Encounters: Mike Wallace's Own Story," with Gary Paul Gates, 1984
"Between You and Me," with Gary Paul Gates, 2005

Sources:  Biography Resource Center, CBS website, Baseline Biography, IMDB.com, IBDB.com, Facts.com, HFPA.org


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Terry in Florida

    I don't mourn his passing, no I applaud him as a legend. He was the best the media ever known.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Brutus, it's just the way they operate, their condolences mean nothing,

    April 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CNNdy

    Are Brutus and Mary the same person? Cold little jerks.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MalcolmXcrement

    Mike Wallace reported the news. Unadulterated. Impartial. And he didn't give a damn who he offended. It took guts for him to interview Ahmadinejad and come away reporting that the man wasn't the crazed lunatic that the American press portrays him as. It took even more guts for Wallace, a Jew, to admit that Ahmadinejad had some legitimate opinions about Zionism that should be considered. I had never heard such honesty. It was stunning.
    He will be missed, and I am sickened at the thought of Hannity, O'Donnell, Beck, and Schultz being of the same profession.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You bring up a good point; the four that you mentioned are not even in the same stratosphere as MW.
      They are not journalists; they are aberrations.

      April 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ....cam reading newswusses...

      April 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    rest in peace mike wallace...used to run to the tv as a kid to watch your journalistic style...don't have those kind of heroes today...

    April 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. latoya

    wow

    April 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Dalloway

    I grew up listening to you and your peers, hope that Americans can still have the honour to experience true journalism. Thank you Mr. Wallace.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ayndefeated Rand

    Ayndefeated Rand

    Are the Brits the weakest nation on EARTH today... full of military pompous glory like Queens of Viagra? What have they ever done except put American rednecks in their place after the U.S. Toronto spectacle.. Brits are just banking bullies and hot air... RELICS who hang on to America dreams of oil victory turned into complete DEFEATS. :)
    April 9, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse | Reply

    April 9, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ayndefeated Rand

    Ayndefeated Rand
    Are the Brits the weakest nation on EARTH today... full of military pompous glory like Queens of Viagra? What have they ever done except put American rednecks in their place after the U.S. Toronto spectacle.. Brits are just banking bullies and hot air... RELICS who hang on to America dreams of oil victory turned into complete DEFEATS. :)

    April 9, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
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