Wallace began his career in the 1940s as a radio entertainer, and then hosted game shows on TV in the 1950s before deciding in the early 1960s to focus solely on journalism. He was the first hire, and would go on to become the biggest star, on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” in 1968.
Known for his intense, confrontational interviews, Wallace would do pieces for “60 Minutes” on many controversial, polarizing figures such as Louis Farrakhan, Yasser Arafat, Moammar Gadhafi and Barbara Streisand, as well as seven US presidents. He left the program in 2006 after 37 years.
He worked as a Naval communications officer during WWII.
He is survived by his 4th wife, Mary, and his son, Chris Wallace, an anchor for Fox News. Another son, Peter, died in 1962 at the age of 19.