35 Facts About Mike Wallace


Myron Leon Wallace was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality.

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Mike Wallace interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his seven-decade career.

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Mike Wallace was one of the original correspondents featured on CBS news program 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968.

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Mike Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.

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Mike Wallace, whose family's surname was originally Wallik, was born on May 9,1918, in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents.

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Mike Wallace identified as a Jew and claimed it was his ethnicity throughout his life.

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Mike Wallace graduated from the University of Michigan four years later with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Mike Wallace appeared as a guest on the popular radio quiz show Information Please on February 7,1939, when he was in his last year at the University of Michigan.

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Mike Wallace spent his first summer after graduation working on-air at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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Mike Wallace saw no combat but traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and Subic Bay in the Philippines, then patrolling the South China Sea, the Philippine Sea and south of Japan.

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Mike Wallace announced for the radio shows Curtain Time, Ned Jordan:Secret Agent, Sky King, The Green Hornet, Curtain Time, and The Spike Jones Show.

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Mike Wallace announced wrestling in Chicago in the late 1940s and early 1950s, sponsored by Tavern Pale beer.

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Mike Wallace had displayed his comic skills when he appeared opposite Spike Jones in dialogue routines.

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Mike Wallace was the voice of Elgin-American in the company's commercials on Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life.

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Mike Wallace hosted the pilot episode of Nothing but the Truth, which was helmed by Bud Collyer when it aired under the title To Tell the Truth.

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Mike Wallace occasionally served as a panelist on To Tell the Truth in the 1950s.

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Lomax and Mike Wallace produced a five-part documentary about the organization, The Hate That Hate Produced, which aired during the week of July 13,1959.

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Also in the early 1960s, Mike Wallace was the host of the David Wolper–produced Biography series.

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Mike Wallace interviewed General William Westmoreland for the CBS special The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception that aired on January 23,1982.

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In 1981, Mike Wallace was forced to apologize for a racial slur he had made about Blacks and Hispanics.

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Attention was again drawn to that incident several years later when protests were raised after Mike Wallace was selected to deliver a university commencement address during a ceremony within which Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary doctorate in absentia for his fight against racism.

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Mike Wallace's reputation has been retrospectively affected by his admission that he had harassed female colleagues at 60 Minutes over many years.

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On March 14,2006, Mike Wallace announced his retirement from 60 Minutes after 37 years with the program.

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Mike Wallace continued working for CBS News as a "Correspondent Emeritus", albeit at a reduced pace.

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Mike Wallace expressed regret for not having secured an interview with First Lady Pat Nixon.

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From 1949 to 1954, Mike Wallace was married to Patrizia "Buff" Cobb, an actress and stepdaughter of Gladys Swarthout.

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Out of a belief that it would be perceived as weakness, Mike Wallace kept his depression a secret until he revealed it in an interview with Bob Costas on Costas' late-night talk show, Later.

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Mike Wallace received a pacemaker more than 20 years before his death, and underwent triple bypass surgery in January 2008.

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Mike Wallace lived in a care facility the last several years of his life.

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Mike Wallace was a friend of Nancy Reagan and her family for over 75 years.

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Mike Wallace died at his residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, from natural causes on April 7,2012.

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In 1989, Mike Wallace was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mike Wallace won three Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, a Robert E Sherwood Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern California School of Journalism, the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, and a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award in the international broadcast category.

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Mike Wallace was played by actor Christopher Plummer in the 1999 feature film The Insider.

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Mike Wallace disliked his on-screen portrayal and maintained that he was in fact very eager to have Wigand's story aired in full.

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