Joseph Albert Wapner (born November 15, 1919) is a retired American judge and former television “judge.” He is the first star of the ongoing reality courtroom series 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. Unlike the show’s second run which has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show’s first run.Wapner’s tenure on the program made him the first star of arbitration-based reality court shows, what is now a most popular trend in the judicial genre. Until the summer of 2013, Wapner also held the title of longest reigning arbiter over The People’s Court. However, by completion of the court show’s 2012-2013 season, Marilyn Milian captured this title from him and became the longest-reigning judge over the series. Five years after presiding over the The People’s Court, Wapner returned to television as a judge on the nontraditional courtroom series, Judge Wapner’s Animal Court, lasting for 2 seasons (1998-1999 and 1999-2000).
|Net Worth||$15 Million|
|Date Of Birth||1919-11-15|
|Place Of Birth||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||University of Southern California|