Joseph is the author of A View from the Bench.
Joseph has three kids, (they are all adults now) Frederick, David, Sarah.
Joseph attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California (USA) in 1948.
He earned his law degree in 1948.
He's married to Mickie Wapner.
His religion is Jewish.
Joseph did a total of 2,484 episodes of The People's Court and handled over 7,000 different court cases.
When Joseph was in high school, he was the boyfriend to actress Lana Turner for a short time.
As of 2007, Joseph lives in Athens, Georgia.
Joseph retired from the Los Angeles County Superior Court after 18 years.
Joseph joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in World War II and split his time from serving in the war and school work (at college).
Joseph attended Hollywood High School.
Law runs in his family. Joseph's father was a lawyer and two of his sons have practiced law also.
Joseph has a son named Fred who is also a Judge.
Judge Wapner was the longest running Judge on "The People's Court," from 1981-1993, when he retired.
Joseph: (about how he became Judge on The People's Court) Ralph called and he said, 'I'm looking for a retired judge to play a judge doing small claims.' This was a Friday afternoon. I just finished an arbitration. I talked to him for about three hours.
Joseph was once on the board of a Jewish school.
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