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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  1. Social Network

    Thoughts are with his family. He was a remarkable man.

    April 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pamela Stang

    In the late 1950's, when I was 14, I had a massive crush on Mike Wallace. I desperately wanted to meet him and eventually managed to do so. Over a period of three years I saw him at his office about half a dozen times. He was exceptionally kind to me at a time in my life when I was very depressed and unhappy. I have never ceased to be grateful to him for this.

    April 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. portland tony

    A newsman you could trust. RIP Mike Wallace!

    April 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Mike Wallace was a normal human being, yet an exceptional person! Let's remember his accomplishments, his kindness, perfectly illustrated by Pamela Stang! This guy changed lives, opened eyes! Sure he married a lot & I know there will be comments! My take is that no1 should be forced to live a life of unhappiness just because they're married! If "for worse" is all you're getting, get out; life is too short& divorce is legal!

    April 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    93-wow-rip...

    April 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle©

    RIP, Mike Wallace, a true journalist always in possession of the facts....

    April 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    "Definatley one news man that caught my attention down through the years....always had sensational delivery of anything that came his way". "Rest in peace Mike Wallace".

    April 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sirned

    His son didn't do his dad proud by being on Fox... Too bad

    April 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNdy

      What a stupid comment.
      RIP, Mr.Wallace.

      April 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DC

    He lived a long and illustrious life. RIP Mr. Wallace.

    April 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ronvan

    Have to agree with all of you. I can remember the voice that I listened to for years. God belss!

    April 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    I always liked it when he would be sitting in someone's office and they would walk in and ask "Are you the police?" and Mike Wallace would say, "No, but we are 60 minutes!" Rest in peace.

    April 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GEORGE GRODIN

    GEORGE,MIKE WALLACE WAS A GENIUNE JOURNALIST.WHEN YOU WANTED NEWS COVERAGE MIKE WAS THERE. MIKE GOES BACK TO MY EROR.I ALWAYS WATCHED MIKE WALLACE,FOR AND WITH NEWS COVERAGE.MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES, GO OUT TO HIS ENTIRE FAMILY AND THEN SOME. MIKE WAS A TRUE ICON. AND HE WILL BE MISSED.WHEN MIKE COVERED 60 MINUTES,HE ALWAYS DID A GOOD JOB AT IT. MIKE WAS ALWAYS ON VARIOUS TALK SHOWS. ENJOYED LISTENING TO HIM.BUT NOW ,MAY MIKE WALLACE REST IN PEACE,MIKE YOU DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN JOURNALISM,AND WE LOVE YOU FOR THAT ,AND YOU WILL DEFINATELY BE MISSED. APRIL.2012-GEORGE GRODIN

    April 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr Dalloway

    When journalism really meant something we had real newspeople like Mike Wallace who cared about what and how news was reported. Will sorely miss you my good man.

    April 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    He had integrity.
    Many of today's "journalists" lack that quality.
    He will be missed.
    Goodbye, Mike Wallace.

    April 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Teresa

    He was a very good reporter. i used to watch 60 minutes. he will truly be missed. my condolences to his family. rip mike wallace.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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