Mike Wallace, veteran broadcast journalist known for his contributions to CBS’ 60 Minutes has died. Wallace, 93, died at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan Saturday night, Conn. Wallace, who was known for his hard hitting interviews with controversial public figures, had said in interviews following his retirement that he wanted his epitaph to read “Tough But Fair,” the New York Times reported. Wallace was born in 1918 as Myron Leon Wallace, he began developing his style, asking tough questions on the television show “Night Beat.” He was one of the original 60 Minutes hosts when the show began in 1968.
In a tribute CBS’ Morley Shafer wrote:
Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as “nosy and insistent.”
Words of remembrance have been flooding Twitter. Ann Curry tweeted:
More locally, NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan added:
Perhaps the best way to remember Wallace is to revisit his work.
Watch a clip of Wallace’s last interview for 60 Minutes in which Wallace interrogates pitcher Roger Clemens about steroid use:
And you can see more vintage Wallace, during his days headlining The Mike Wallace Interview here. He faces subjects including Gloria Swanson, Margaret Sanger and Salvador Dalí. [h/t]
Finally, from Anthony De Rosa, 60 Minutes‘ Andy Rooney, also recently deceased, talking about about Wallace’s retirement from CBS. The tribute is a testament to both men. “Having Mike leave 60 Minutes is more like a death in the family,” Rooney said: