( b. May 09, 1918 Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - d. Apr 07, 2012 New Canaan, Connecticut, USA ) Male
Mike Wallace was the CBS reporter who became one of America?s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on ?60 Minutes." Mr. Wallace created enough such moments to become a paragon of television journalism in the heyday of network news. As he grilled his subjects, he said, he walked ?a fine line between sadism and intellectual curiosity.? His success often lay in the questions he hurled, not the answers he received.
Myron Leon Wallace was born in Brookline, Mass., one of four children of Friedan and Zina Wallik, who had come to the United States from a Russian shtetl before the turn of the 20th century. (Friedan became Frank and Wallik became Wallace in the American melting pot.) His father started as a wholesale grocer and became an insurance broker.
Mr. Wallace officially retired from ?60 Minutes? in 2006, after a 38-year run, at the age of 88. A few months later he was back on the program with an exclusive interview with the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He won his 21st Emmy for the interview.
He performed once on Broadway in the 1954 comedy Reclining Figure.
Source: The New York Times