is a fictional character
, the protagonist in all three novels The Three Musketeers
, Twenty Years After
and The Vicomte de Bragelonne
by Alexandre Dumas, père
(see D'Artagnan Romances
). Although The Three Musketeers
begins with him setting out to Paris
to become a musketeer
, he is not one of the three mentioned in the title; those are Athos
, and Aramis
, whom he meets and befriends in Paris.
D'Artagnan is loosely based on the historical musketeer Charles de Batz-Castelmore, count d'Artagnan, whose life had already been fictionalized in Gatien Courtilz de Sandras's novel Les mémoires de Mr d'Artagnan. Charles, like Dumas' hero, was born 1611 in Gascony, became a musketeer's captain and died 1673 at Maastricht.
However there was another Comte D'Artagnan, Pierre de Montesquiou (1645-1725), from which Dumas' character earned his marshal baton.
Film and Television
Actors who have played D'Artagnan on screen include:
- Aimé Simon-Girard, in Les trois mousquetaires (1921)
- Walter Abel, in The Three Musketeers (1935)
- Gene Kelly, in The Three Musketeers (1948)
- Maximilian Schell, in The Three Musketeers (TV movie) (1960)
- Michael York, in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), The Return of the Musketeers (1989), and La Femme Musketeer (TV miniseries) (2003)
- Cornel Wilde, in The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
- Chris O'Donnell, in The Three Musketeers (1993)
- Gabriel Byrne, in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
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