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Inspector Javert
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Biographical information
Also Known As

Javert

Gender

Male

Born

1780

Died

1832

Cause of Death

Suicide

Job

Prison Guard (formerly)
Policeman (currently)
Police Inspector (currently)

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

Jacques Mercier
Jean Vallée
Roger Allam
Terrence Mann
Philip Quast
Norm Lewis
Thomas Goerz
Patrick Rocca
Hadley Fraser
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Earl Carpenter
Anthony Perkins
Geoffrey Rush
John Malkovich
Russell Crowe
Tam Mutu
Seaumus O'Seanaussey

Inspector Javert is the main antagonist from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and its musical counterpart. He is also, alongside Jean Valjean, the main character in the production.

NovelEdit

Javert
Javert as he appears in the novel

Javert was born in a prison, his mother a fortune-teller and his father a convict serving on a galley. He first appears when Valjean becomes the mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer under the alias of Monsieur Madeline. When Monsieur Madeline frees Old Fauchelevent from being crushed underneath a cart, Javert suspects that he is Jean Valjean, but the police do not believe him and cause him to believe that another man named Champmathieu is the real Jean Valjean. Javert arrests Monsieur Madeline when he reveals his true identity. Nine years later, Javert disguises himself as a troop of The Friends of the ABC and is subsequently incarcerated, but Valjean secretly frees him and pretends to fire at him. Later, Javert helps Valjean to take Marius, who is unconscious and wounded from the battle at the barricade and in love with Cosette, home to his grandfather, Monsieur Gillenormand. Valjean tells Javert that he may arrest him afterwards, but the inspector leaves. Due to his strong sense of duty, Javert still wants to arrest him, but also feels it would be wrong to do so after Jean Valjean saved his life. Unable to cope with letting Valjean get away and petrified with horror that Valjean saved his life, Javert commits suicide and jumps into the Seine from a bridge after writing something like a will, which he does not do in the 2012 film. In most adaptations, it is left ambigious whether he died on impact of if he drowned.

MusicalEdit

SongsEdit

Act IEdit

Act IIEdit

List of PortrayersEdit

MusicalEdit

  • Jacques Mercier – Original French Concept Album
  • Jean Vallée – Original Paris stage cast
  • Roger Allam – Original London cast
  • Terrance Mann – Original Broadway cast
  • Thomas Goerz – Original Canadian cast
  • Takeshi Kaga and Takita Sagae - Original Japanese Cast
  • Jack Dorland – 1987 Glasgow cast
  • Andrzej Słabiak, Andrzej Śledź - 1989-2000, Musical Theatre in Gdynia
  • Patrick Rocca – 1991 Paris revival
  • Sayama Haruki - 1987-1990 Japanese Tour
  • Kunio Murai - 1994 Japanese Red Cast and 1989-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Kiyotaka Imai 1994 Japanese Blue Cast and 1991-1994 Japanese Tour
  • Philip QuastComplete Symphonic Recording, 1995: 10th Anniversary concert
  • George Karaiskos – 1997 Florida cast
  • Mayo Kawasaki - 1997-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Ryu Kano - 1997 Japanese Tour
  • Côme Villneuve – 1998 Québec cast
  • Phillip Escosora – 1998 Dover tour
  • Soma Suzuki - 2000, 2005-2006 Japanese Tour
  • Hans Peter Janssens – 2006-2010 West End Production
  • Roger Tirazona - 2001 Malta tour
  • Shuler Hensley - 2001 Broadway
  • Jerome Pradon - 2002 West End Production
  • Luis René Aguirre - 2002 Commissioning Mexican scene 
  • David Masenheimer - 2002 West End production
  • Masaaki Uchino - 2003 Japanese Violet Cast and 2003-2004 Japanese Tour
  • Masahiro Takashima - 2003 Japanese Light Blue Cast and 2003-2004 Japanese Tour
  • Kojiro Oka - 2003 Japanese Green Cast and 2003-2011 Japanese Tour
  • Takuya Kon - 2003 Japanese Orange Cast and 2003-2011 Japanese Tour
  • Norm Lewis – 2006 Broadway revival, 2010-2011 West End Production & 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
  • Ishikawa Zen - 2007-2011 Japanese tour
  • Hiroshi Abe - 2007-2009 Japanese tour
  • Justin Andrus, Jack Wood – 2008 Vancouver youth production
  • Łukasz Dziedzic - 2010-2012 Roma Theater in Warsaw 
  • Ignasi Vidal – 2010-2011 (Madrid). 2011-2012 (Barcelona)
  • KENTARO - 2011 Japanese Tour.
  • Hadley Fraser –  2011-2012 West End Production
  • RGS High Wycombe 2013 School Edition - Lewis Cochrane
  • Shoichi Fukui, Mitsuo Yoshihara, Tetsuya Kamaguchi and Masaaki Kamada - 2013 Japanese 25th Anniversary tour
  • Tam Mutu – Current in London
  • Andrew Varela – Current on the 25th Anniversary US Tour
  • Earl Carpenter – 2010 London cast, and 2013 Toronto tour
  • Ignasi Vidal – 2013-2014 Spain Tour
  • Hesam Mustafa – Lawrence Park CI's 2014 school edition

MoviesEdit

  • William V. Ranous – 1909 film
  • Henri Étiévant – 1913 films
  • Hardee Kirkland – 1917 film
  • Jean Toulout – 1925 film
  • Charles Vanel – 1934 films
  • Charles Laughton – 1935 film
  • Hans Hinrich – 1948 film (credited as Giovanni Hinrich)
  • Robert Newton – 1952 film
  • Bernard Blier – 1958 film
  • Tino Carraro – 1964 mini-series
  • Anthony Bate – 1967 mini-series
  • Bernard Fresson – 1972 mini-series
  • Antonio Passy – 1973 series
  • Anthony Perkins – 1978 film
  • Michel Bouquet – 1982 film/1985 mini-series
  • Geoffrey Rush – 1998 film
  • John Malkovich – 2000 mini-series
  • Takashi Matsuyama -Shōjo Cosette anime 2007
  • Russell Crowe – 2012 film

External LinksEdit

GalleryEdit

FilmEdit


1998 FilmEdit

MusicalEdit

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