Charlie Rose If I Could Interview ONE Dead Person ... It Would Be ...

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If legendary journalist Charlie Rose could pick one dead person in history to interview -- he tells TMZ, he wouldn't pick Jesus, or Shakespeare, or Gandhi, or Hitler, or pretty much anyone else you might think of ... he would pick ...

You'll have to watch the video to find out, but we'll be honest ... we were NOT expecting the answer he gave.

We'll give you a hint ... the "CBS This Morning" host picked a famous actor married to an even more famous actress.