Mostly Credited As: Joseph A. Wapner
Sometimes Credited As: Judge Wapner
Birth Name: Joseph Albert Wapner
Date Of Birth: November 15, 1919 (Age 96)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1948 with a law degree, Joseph Wapner went on to become a Judge in the state of California. He was appointed in 1959 by then Governor Pat Brown and served on the bench of Los Angeles Superior Court for around 20 years. After his retirement he was given a job on The People's Court, a TV series in which real litigants brought their case to be judged in front of the TV cameras. Judge Wapner presided over 7,000 cases between 1981 and 1993 when the show was initially canceled. It would later return under a new series of judges, yet Judge Joseph Wapner will always be the most memorable. Since his "retirement," the judge has appeared as a guest of a few shows, mostly as himself. He later would take a new job on Animal Planet in "Judge Wapner's Animal Court."
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Received the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star as a soldier during WWII.
Was appointed judge by California Governor Edmund G. Brown.
In 1959 Judge Wapner was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court.
Is a law graduate from University of Southern California class of 1948.
Son Fred also became a judge.
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