'People's Court' Judge Joe Wapner Dead At 97

Sad news, as we've lost another TV icon from my youth.

Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" - one of the originators of the reality courtroom genre, died Sunday at age 97.

His son David said his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care.

Here are some of my favorite moments, including the famous Johnny Carson episode where Johnny and David Letterman battle it out in front of Judge Wapner. (below)

 
 
 
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