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American journalist, game show host and actor

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Mike Wallace: American journalist, game show host and actor
Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his seven-decade career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.

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The Ayatollah

Two weeks after 66 Americans were taken hostage in Iran, Mike Wallace interviews the country's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini. Wallace boldly confronts the Ayatollah, asking for his response..
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Queen of the Palace

She is rich, powerful, and notoriously pushy. Leona Helmsley, married to real estate baron Harry Helmsley, is known as much for her attitude as for her chain of hotels. Mike Wallace interviews the..
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Arthur Miller

Mike Wallace sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller to discuss the substance of Miller's autobiography - including his feelings about fame, Death of a Salesman, the McCarthy..
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Who killed Malcolm X?

Malcolm X's eldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speak together publicly for the first time in an interview with Mike Wallace. Farrakhan says his harsh..
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Oprah

"Oprah has arrived." That's what Mike Wallace proclaims in this profile of Oprah Winfrey, whose television talk show had just become a national sensation. Oprah describes her childhood, her struggles..
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The Reagans

"Why hasn't this job weighed as heavily on you as it has on some other occupants of this Oval Office?" That's what Mike Wallace asks outgoing President Ronald Reagan in this farewell interview with the..
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Tobacco on Trial

More Americans die each year of smoking than alcohol, murder, and car accidents combined. Yet tobacco companies have never lost a lawsuit brought against them by smokers or their families. How have..
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Head of the Class

Known for its rigorous discipline, long academic year, and cutthroat competition, the Japanese school system turns out graduates who consistently outscore their American counterparts. But does all that..
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Yasir Arafat

Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? That's one of the questions Mike Wallace poses to Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Arafat discusses the PLO's reputation for..
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Saddam's Secrets

Come along on a chilling, high-stakes game of hide-and-seek. Mike Wallace accompanies United Nations inspectors in Iraq as they try to determine if some of Saddam Hussein's secret nuclear complex..
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Barbra

"You know something, I really didn't like you." That's what Mike Wallace tells Barbra Streisand in this interview, decades after they first met. "I thought you were very mean," she whips back at him...
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Red Cell

Navy captain Richard Marcinko was sentenced to prison for his role in a mission that exposed security lapses at sensitive military installations. Marcinko says he was singled out for prosecution..
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The Tiananmen Papers

Mike Wallace reports on transcripts, kept secret for 11 years before being smuggled out of Beijing, which reveal internal dissent at the highest levels of the Chinese government during the 1989 student..
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Joe Bonanno

Mike Wallace profiles one of the last of the old-time Mafia dons, Joseph Bonanno. In the only television interview he ever gave, shortly before his death, Bonanno reflected on his past and his..
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Charlie Did It

Former Representative Charlie Wilson convinced Congress to arm Afghan freedom fighters battling the Soviets in the 1980s. Now he tells Mike Wallace that the U.S. failed to provide enough aid when the..
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North Korea

Mike Wallace explores North Korea, a country rarely visited by foreigners, where poverty, disease and malnutrition are rampant. Worse yet are the conditions endured by the roughly 1 million Koreans,..
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Eminent Domain

The right to own property is safely enshrined in the Constitution -- but ownership has its limits. As Mike Wallace reports, some cities are using eminent domain to force people to sell their homes and..
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Maverick From Arizona

Sen. John McCain was gaining recognition for challenging Republican and Senate party leadership to clean up Washington when Mike Wallace interviewed him in 1997.
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Face to Face with the Ayatollah

Jan. 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of 52 American hostages in Iran. "60 Minutes Overtime" returns to the early weeks of the crisis with Mike Wallace's famous interview of the Ayatollah..
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Fat Pride: Obese Women Rally in the '70s

A "60 Minutes" flashback to 1978 when the National Association to Aid Fat Americans gathered to celebrate fat pride. Mike Wallace reports.
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1972: Chess champ Bobby Fischer on 60 Minutes

In 1972, Mike Wallace profiled the infamous Bobby Fischer, who was then only 29 years old and training for a Cold War showdown against Russian Boris Spassky.
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From the archives: Psychic science, circa-1973

What was on TV in 1973? Mike Wallace, checking in with scientific researchers who study psychics and the mystery of psychic phenomena.
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MLK: A riot is the language of the unheard

Three years after "I Have a Dream" and the March on Washington, Dr. King talked with Mike Wallace about divisions in the Civil Rights movement.
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JFK's secret service agent: "I still feel a sense of failure"

On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, former Secret Service agent Clint Hill remembers his emotional interview with Mike Wallace in 1975.
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A look back: Nixon in 1968

In 1968, Richard Nixon was running for president and told Mike Wallace he hoped "to restore respect to the presidency." Lesley Stahl reports.
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Barbara Cook: The 60 Minutes interview

Mike Wallace's story about the rise and fall --- and rise again -- of a glorious performer, Barbara Cook, who died this week at 89.
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Oprah remembers her first time on 60 Minutes

Oprah says she was never more nervous than when Mike Wallace interviewed her in 1986. "If 60 Minutes comes a callin', and you haven't committed a crime," she says "you don't get more break out than..
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This week in '68: Nixon talks to 60 Minutes

In 60 Minutes' first season, Mike Wallace talked with then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, who said, "I hope to restore respect to the presidency"
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From the archives: 60 Minutes' first Pelican Bay report

This week, Oprah Winfrey visits the notorious California prison to see how solitary confinement has changed since 1993 when Mike Wallace was there
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April 15, 2001: Mel Brooks mocks Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace set out to interview Mel Brooks about his new show "The Producers," but Brooks had another idea
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Jeffrey Wigand: The big tobacco whistleblower

The 1996 Mike Wallace interview that inspired Hollywood's "The Insider" and changed big tobacco forever.
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Mike Wallace grills Jimmy Carter in 1985

60 Minutes visits the home of former President Jimmy Carter to ask blunt questions about his image, his failures, and his opinion of President Reagan
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From the archives: Jonathan Pollard on 60 Minutes

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released today after three decades in prison. In 1988, he spoke to Mike Wallace
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"Mike Wallace is here"

Four words that struck terror into the hearts of shady businessmen and corrupt politicians – "Mike Wallace is here" – also comprise the title of a new documentary that depicts the dramatic life and..
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Mike Wallace grills Trump on his political ambitions in 1985

The new film "Mike Wallace Is Here" shows the legendary newsman's interview with a young Donald Trump
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"Sunday Morning" Full Episode 7/21

This week's edition of "Sunday Morning," hosted by Lee Cowan, features Rita Braver's cover story on a new documentary about legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace. Plus: Conor Knighton looks at the success..
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Chris Wallace on Mike Wallace stealing interviews

In this web exclusive, Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday," talks with Rita Braver about his father, legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace, whose competitiveness for interviews stretched even to..
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