Michael Wallis

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Michael Wallis
Wallis in 2008
Born (1945-10-07) October 7, 1945 (age 74)
EducationWestern Military Academy
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationJournalist, popular historian, author, speaker, voice actor
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis

Michael Wallis (born October 7, 1945)[1] is an American journalist, popular historian, author, speaker and voice actor. He has written seventeen books,[2] including Route 66: The Mother Road, about the historic highway U.S. Route 66. His work has also been published extensively in magazines and newspapers, including Time, Life, People, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

Awards and honors[edit]

Wallis has received the John Steinbeck Award, the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the Will Rogers Spirit Award, and the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall & Western Heritage Museum.[2] He has been inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame,[3] Writers Hall of Fame of America, and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame, and was the first inductee into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame.

Michael Wallis with Joy Harjo in 2010

Wallis was interviewed by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) for After Words on Book TV, 29 April 2007, discussing his latest book, Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride.

Voice acting[edit]

Wallis also provided the voice of Sheriff in the Disney·Pixar Cars franchise as well as in the Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales episode "Tokyo Mater".

Personal life[edit]

Wallis was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois in 1963. He later attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, and moved to Miami, Florida, in 1978, where he worked for Time's Caribbean Bureau. He currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife, Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis.


  • The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny. Liveright Publishing Corporation. 2017. ISBN 978-0871407696.
  • David Crockett: The Lion of the West. W. W. Norton & Company. 2011.
  • The Wild West: 365 Days. Abrams. 2011.
  • Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride. W. W. Norton & Company. 2008.
  • The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate. W. W. Norton & Company. 2007.
  • Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation. St. Martin's Press. 1997.
  • Oil Man: The Story Of Frank Phillips & The Birth Of Phillips Petroleum. St. Martin's Griffin. 1995.
  • Mankiller: A Chief and Her People. St. Martin's Press. 1994.
  • Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd. W. W. Norton & Company. 1992.
  • Route 66: The Mother Road 75th Anniversary Edition. W. W. Norton & Company. 1990.



  • Cars (2006) as Sheriff (voice)
  • Mater and the Ghostlight (2006, Video short) as Sheriff (voice)
  • Cars 2 (2011) as Sheriff (voice)
  • Voices of History (2014, Short) as Narrator (voice)
  • Cars 3 (2017) as Sheriff (voice)


Video games[edit]

Theme park attractions[edit]


  1. ^ Voices of Oklahoma interview with Michael Wallis, March 3, 2011 (accessed January 9, 2012).
  2. ^ a b Danna Sue Walker, "Award-winning author speaks to library backers", Tulsa World, March 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Michael Wallis at Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers (accessed March 7, 2010).

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