Mike Wallace, the legendary reporter and interviewer for CBS' '60 Minutes,' has died. He was 93 years old.

One of the first reporters hired when '60 Minutes' debuted in 1968, Wallace became known for his direct and often confrontational interview style that tended to draw honest and unexpected answers from his subjects. He sat down with an astonishing number of important men and women, from Richard Nixon and Yasir Arafat to Johnny Carson and Jack Kevorkian. His 2008 interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won him his 21st Emmy. Shortly thereafter, he retired from television due to health concerns.

Over the course of his four decade career, Wallace won countless literary and journalistic awards, inspired a generation of television correspondents and drew his fair share of controversy. Movie buffs will note that he was portrayed by Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer in Michael Mann's 'The Insider.'

He died peacefully, surrounded by family members, and is survived by his son, journalist Chris Wallace, his stepdaughter, Pauline Dora, and his stepson, Eames Yates.