Mike Wallace

Investigative journalist, TV host, Commentator
One of the most respected - and feared - names in television journalism, Mike Wallace was an investigative reporter who subjected some of the most prominent names in politics and world news to his particular brand of ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

60 Minutes 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michigan vs. Ohio: The Rivalry 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Toots 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

I'm Mike Wallace: A 60 Minutes Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001: A Year For History 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Century With Mike Wallace 1994 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Election Night 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gays in the Military 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Person of the Century: CBS News/Time 100 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Anchor

Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes at 30 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Art Buchwald: The Wit of Washington 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Blue: Surviving Depression 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mike Wallace Remembers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Skitch Henderson at 80 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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60 Minutes More 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Election Night 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Nancy Reagan: The President's Leading Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Smoke in the Eye 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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In the Killing Fields of America 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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1968 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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One on One: Classic Television Interviews 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

General William Westmoreland 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

60 Minutes: The Entertainers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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World War II: A Personal Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Side Are You On? (07/19/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

CBS News Special: Lucy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ethics in America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Politics of Privacy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '86: Election Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mike Wallace Profiles 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Homosexuals 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Breaking the News (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (TV Show)

Actor

Watergate: The Secret Story (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Lavender Lake: Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Victor Borge: Then & Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

One of the most respected - and feared - names in television journalism, Mike Wallace was an investigative reporter who subjected some of the most prominent names in politics and world news to his particular brand of intense and abrasive interviews. A radio announcer and occasional actor, Wallace began to hone his unique style on television in the late 1950s, quickly making a name for himself as a powerful and uncompromising interviewer whose questions frequently left his guests frazzled and dismayed - a condition later termed "Mike fright." His greatest showcase was the primetime CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" (1968- ), where he regularly grilled news figures ranging from presidents and captains of industry to celebrities and accused criminals. His reporting earned him numerous awards, as well as a few legal battles, most notably against General William Westmoreland, who sued him for libel in 1985. Wallace retired from weekly appearances on "60 Minutes" in 2006, but continued his connection to CBS News as a "Correspondent Emeritus" before passing away at age 93 on April 7, 2012.

Relationships

Buff Cobb

Wife
Married March 11, 194 Divorced in 1954

Norma Kapham

Wife
Married in 1940 Divorced in 1948

Lorraine Perigord

Wife
Married Aug. 21, 1955 Divorced in 1986

Frank Wallace

Father
Immigrated from Russia in 1893

Irving Wallace Screenplay

Brother

Chris Wallace Actor

Son
Born Oct. 12, 1947; mother, Norma Kapham; moderator of "Fox News Sunday"

Zina Wallace

Mother
Immigrated from Russia in 1897

Pauline Wallace

Daughter

Peter Wallace

Son
Died in a mountain climbing accident in Greece in 1962

Helen Wallace

Sister

Ruth Wallace

Sister

Mary Yates Actor

Wife
Married June 28, 1986 until Wallace's death on April 7, 2012

EDUCATION

Brookline High School

Brookline , Massachusetts 1935

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1939

Milestones

2006

Announced he would no longer be a regular contributor on "60 Minutes" (CBS), though continued to do occasional reports

1991

Anchored the CBS news panel discussion program "Whose Side Are You On?"

1990

Wrote and hosted the CBS compilation retrospective "Mike Wallace, Then and Now, a CBS News Special"

1982

Broadcast work exposed to considerable criticism and scrutiny after his CBS documentary on Gen. William Westmoreland aired; trial eventually showed that how Wallace's work was altered by producers; case settled without Wallace having to testify

1968

Served as co-editor and co-anchor of CBS news program "60 Minutes"

1963

Named a CBS news correspondent

1962

Reported events happening in Vietnam

1961

Renewed association with CBS; hosted and narrated the CBS documentary series "Biography"

1959

Hosted the short-lived NBC game show "Who Pays?"

1957

Hosted the ABC interview series "The Mike Wallace Interview"

1956

Appeared as a panelist on the game show "Nothing But the Truth," precursor to "To Tell the Truth" (CBS)

1956

Hosted the news and interview program "Night Beat"

1955

Hosted the NBC game show "The Big Surprise"; replaced Jack Berry for the show's second season

1955

Hosted the CBS game show "The $100,000 Big Surprise"

1955

First association with CBS ended

1954

Hosted the short-lived ABC game show "What's in a Word"

1954

Hosted the ABC game show "Who's the Boss?"

1953

Hosted the CBS game show "I'll Buy That"

1951

Co-hosted (with Buff Cobb) the 45-minute CBS celebrity interview show "Mike and Buff"

1951

Co-hosted (with Buff Cobb) the 15-minute program featuring the "man and woman on the street" titled "All Around the Town"

1951

Hosted the short-lived CBS game show "Guess Again"

Served as a news feature and entertainment reporter for the CBS TV network

Traveled to Vietnam on several occasions to cover the Vietnam War first-hand

Was a news reporter for WMAQ in Chicago

Suffered serious bouts of depression throughout the 1980s

Worked as a radio news writer, broadcaster and actor for the radio branch of The Chicago Sun

Bonus Trivia

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Wallace was elected a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, in November 1975.

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Wallace suffered from major depression triggered by accusations of libel and a related lawsuit. After an attempted suicide in 1984, he began seeing a psychiatrist and started taking antidepressants.

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He was the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont – Columbia University Award.

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Wallace also received the Robert E. Sherwood Award.

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Wallace was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award given by the University of Southern California School of Journalism.

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He received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism in the category of international broadcasting in 1989.

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Wallace was awarded a doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts in May 1987.

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Wallace received honorary doctorate of law degrees from the University of Michigan (1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (1989).

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He received the Carr Van Anda Award from Ohio University.

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Wallace was honored by Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications for his lifetime contributions to TV and radio in September 1989.

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He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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