Alec Baldwin and Playboy boss Hugh Hefner are leading the tributes to revered U.S. newsman Mike Wallace.
The hard-hitting 60 Minutes interviewer passed away aged 93 at a care centre in New Canaan, Connecticut on Saturday (07Apr12).
30 Rock actor Baldwin was the first star to take to Twitter.com on Easter Sunday (08Apr12) to pay his respects, writing, "Rest in peace Mike Wallace."
Meanwhile, Hefner recalled his first interview with Wallace at the start of his career, tweeting, "Newsman Mike Wallace is dead at 93. He did my first TV interview. He was unique. He will be missed... Mike Wallace didn't take me serious (sic) when we did that first interview, but he changed his mind & said so publicly."
Actress Patty Duke wrote, "My thoughts and prayers are with Mike Wallace and his family. Rip", while Holly Robinson Peete posted, "Rip Mike Wallace," and TV host Ryan Seacrest added, "One of the best."
Fellow newsman Larry King also tweeted, "Mike Wallace was a dear & wonderful friend. Not just a great broadcaster, but a great guy. We will never see his likes again."