Joseph Wapner, judge from 'People's Court' dies at 97

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 28, 2017

Joseph Wapner, the first star of court-reality show The People's Court, passed away on Sunday Feb. 26.

Not just a television judge, Wapner received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1948. In 1989, The Washington Post conducted a poll and found that 54 percent of those surveyed could identify Wapner as the judge on The People's Court, while significantly less could name a single justice on the United States Supreme Court.

The elder Wapner presided over the syndicated reality court series from 1981-93. Judge Marilyn Milian now serves as "The People's Court's" presiding judge.

According to TMZ, Wapner had been hospitalized with breathing problems last week. At the time of his death Wapner was under hospice care at his Los Angeles home.

He is survived by Mickey, his wife of 70 years. They are the parents of three children.

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