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Judge Joseph Wapner

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Joseph Wapner

Source: law.harvard.edu

Joseph Albert Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017) was an American judge and television personality. He was the first star of the ongoing reality court show The People's Court. The court show's first run in syndication, with Wapner presiding as judge, lasted from 1981 to 1993, for 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. While the show's second run has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show's first run.

Fact file

  • Born: November 15, 1919 Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Died: February 26, 2017 (aged 97) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Alma mater: University of Southern California USC Gould School of Law
  • Occupation: Judge, television personality
  • Years active: 1959–2010
  • Known for: The People's Court
  • Spouse(s): Mildred Nebenzahl (m. 1946; his death 2017)

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In the news

Judge Joseph Wapner Of 'The People's Court' Dies At 97
Access Hollywood, 2017-02-26 21:48:48
Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97.

'The People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies at 97
Entertainment Tonigh, 2017-02-26 20:17:00
The retired judge was reportedly hospitalized last week with breathing problems.

The People's Court Judge Joseph Wapner Dead At 97
Perez Hilton Gossip, 2017-02-26 20:02:54
What an unbelievably sad day in entertainment! First, we learned of the untimely death of actor Bill Paxton. Then, we reported on the other untimely death, this time of young actor Neil Fingleton. And now… Judge Joseph Wapner has died, we've learned. He was 97 years old. Related: Celebs React ...

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