12 ANGRY JURORS CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
I have tried to avoid specific gender pronouns as I believe these parts should be given to the best person possible for the role, regardless of gender.
FOREMAN: A petty person, responsible for keeping the jury organized, which is their main focus in the play.
JUROR #2: A meek, and hesitant person who is not overly confident in their opinion. Easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last juror who has spoken.
JUROR #3: Very strong, very forceful and extremely opinionated. Humorless and intolerant of opinions other than their own. Accustomed to forcing their wishes and views upon others.
JUROR #4: A person of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents themselves well at all times. Seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. Their only concern is the facts of the case and is appalled by the behavior of others.
JUROR #5: Works in a Harlem hospital and has lived in the slums their entire life. This gives him or her insight into such details as the use of a switchblade.
JUROR #6: An honest but dull-witted person who comes upon decisions slowly and carefully. Finds it difficult to create positive opinions but listens to, digests and accepts those opinions offered by others that appeal to them most. Sticks up for Juror 9 and seems to be a respectful person.
JUROR #7: A loud, flashy and glad-handing person who has more important things to do than sit on a jury. Quick to show temper, and quick to form opinions on things they know nothing about. A bully and a coward.
JUROR #8: A quiet, thoughtful, gentle person – someone who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. A person of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, a person who wants justice to be done, and will fight to see that it is.
JUROR #9: A mild, gentle old person, long since defeated by life and merely waiting to die. Someone who recognizes themselves for who they are and mourns the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without hiding behind his or her age. Respects Juror 8’s passion and becomes and advocate for the defendant.
JUROR #10: An angry, bitter person – someone who antagonizes almost at sight. A bigot who places no value on any human life except their own. Here is someone who has been nowhere and is going nowhere, and knows it deep within themselves.
JUROR #11: A refugee from Europe who came to this country in 1941. Very patriotic and talks about how much they love the American justice system. Will honestly seek justice, because they have suffered through so much injustice.
JUROR #12: A slick, bright advertising agent who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls and has no real understanding of people. A superficial snob who is trying to be companionable.
GUARD: This is a bit part. Can be a policeman or woman of any age.
JUDGE: A voice from offstage that sets the play into motion.
**Character descriptions are a combination off those provided for Twelve Angry Men on
Sean Peter Drohan. Weibloom, Elizabeth ed.“12 Angry Men Characters”. GradeSaver, 30 April 2012 Web. 16 August 2018.
Rose, Reginald and Sherman L. Sergel. Twelve Angry Women: a Play in Three Acts. Dramatic
Pub. Co. 1984.