His prosecutorial style was admired, imitated, condemned and lampooned. His weapons were many: thorough research, a cocked eyebrow, a skeptical “Come on” and a question so direct sometimes it took your breath away.
He was Mike Wallace, the former “60 Minutes” correspondent who died Sunday at 93.
His reputation preceded him: “The four most dreaded words in the English language: Mike Wallace is here,” as the saying goes.
“He loved being Mike Wallace,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and Wallace’s long-time producer. “He loved the fact that if he showed up for an interview, it made people nervous. … He knew, and he knew that everybody else knew, that he was going to get to the truth. And that’s what motivated him.”
Here’s a gallery of Mike Wallace photos spanning a half century.