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Mike Wallace: 5 Memorable CBS Interviews (Video)

The late "60 Minutes" newsman was famous (and feared) for his aggressive, take-no-prisoners interviewing style, taking on public figures from the Ayatollah Khomeini to Barbra Streisand.

Mike Wallace

The late CBS news legend Mike Wallace -- fearless and feared by his interview subjects -- leaves behind a storied archive of gripping sitdowns with the rich, the powerful and the infamous.

Wallace, the first correspondent hired on 60 Minutes, died Saturday night at the age of 93, drawing a groundswell of eulogies over his groundbreaking, no-holds-barred interview style.

"His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable, and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp. "His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS."

Here are five of Wallace's most memorable 60 Minutes interviews, starting with Khomeini, in which he asked the leader if he were crazy:

No. 2: Wallace's heated 1991 one-on-one with Barbra Streisand, whom he dubbed "self-absorbed":

No. 3: His 2008 sitdown with embattled baseball legend Roger Clemens:

No. 4: Wallace set off Louis Farrakhan in a 1996 interview, calling Nigeria the world's most corrupt nation:

No. 5: For a CBS documentary on Vietnam, Wallace sat down with Gen. William Westmoreland, who sued the network over the piece: