AP Photos: A half century of Mike Wallace’s career

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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.

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