Mike Wallace Dies At 93
April 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM (PT)
MIKE WALLACE, the probing interviewer most familiar for his 38 years on CBS television's "60 MINUTES," died SUNDAY (4/8) at 93.
WALLACE's career started after his 1939 graduation from the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, when he joined WOOD-A/GRAND RAPIDS as a newsman and announcer, then moved to WXYZ-A/DETROIT as an announcer. After moving to CHICAGO, WALLACE joined the NAVY in 1943, returning fo CHICAGO after the war and working as an announcer for CBS RADIO, handling voice chores for several game shows and acting in radio drama. In the erarly 1950's, he co-hosted the radio talk show "MIKE AND BUFF" with then-wife BUFF COBB.
Moving to television in the 1950s, WALLACE hosted WABD-TV (now FOX O&O WNYW-TV)/NEW YORK's "NIGHT BEAT," ABC television's "THE MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEWS," and the "PM EAST" edition of WESTINGHOUSE BROADCASTING's brief attempt to produce its own syndicated late-night show. He also hosted "BIOGRAPHY," the series produced by DAVID WOLPER that became a staple in scjools nationwide. Joining CBS in 1963, he hosted the "CBS MORNING NEWS" through 1966, then joined "60 MINUTES," where he was one of the show's anchor/reporters theoih his final interview with ROGER CLEMENS in 2008.
WALLACE's son CHRIS WALLACE is a host for FOX NEWS.