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Phoebus of Hunchback of Notre Dame

Updated on October 28, 2015

Phoebus of Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been made into countless different version and the token handsome guy, Phoebus, of the story get changed the most from version to version. Phoebus can either be a romantic lead, a jerk or sometime he's a glorified extra.

Let's look through the major films and one popular musical of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and look at the portrayal of Phoebus and the actors that have played him.

Patrick Fiori as Phoebus with Helene Segara as Esmeralda
Patrick Fiori as Phoebus with Helene Segara as Esmeralda

Phoebus a la Victor Hugo

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Phoebus de Chateaupers is Captain of the Kings Archers. He's really part of Night Watch. He is a nobel and is engaged to a nobel women Fleur de Lys. Phoebus prefers drinking and meeting with lots of ladies. He recused Esmeralda from Quasimodo. A few months later he meets with Esmeralda and convinces her to meet him in a more intimate setting. He then proceeded to tell her lies to get her to sleep with him. Unfortunately he hid Frollo in the room as Frollo paid for the room and stabs Phoebus. Phoebus was wound but felt embarrassed by what had occurred and laid low. Though he felt slightly bad for Esmeralda, he committed himself to Fleur de Lys but he does meet a tragic end: he gets married.

Phoebus is describe as being very handsome. There are few descriptions of him in the book but he does a have a mustache in the Burgundian style.

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Norman Kerry as Phoebus
Norman Kerry as Phoebus

Norman Kerry

1923 version

Norman Kerry played Phoebus in the Lon Chaney version from 1923 directed by Wallace Worsley.

Kerry is the perfect example of Phoebus as a romantic Lead. He starts out as a philander but he was won over by Esmeralda's innocenese and he falls in love with her.

Alan Marshal as Phoebus
Alan Marshal as Phoebus

Alan Marshal

1939 version

Alan Marshal played Phoebus in the Charles Laughton version in 1939 directed by William Dieterle.

Marshal's Phoebus is more in the Jerk variety but he's not mean. He gets simply taken in with Esmeralda and wants to have sex with her. It's hard to tell with Marshal if he could have grown to love Esmeralda beyond lustful intention as he is the only Phoebus to die of the wounds Frollo inflicted. This make Marshal's Phoebus a Glorfied Extra with a three scenes and a handful of lines.

Jean Danet as Phoebus
Jean Danet as Phoebus

Jean Danet

1956 version

Jean Danet played Phoebus in the 1956 version directed by Jean Delannoy. Danet's Phoebus follows the book faithfully though he lot more persicent in with pursuit of Esmeralda. However he still philandraing and in it for an evening of pleasure.

Richard Morant as Phoebus with Hetty Baynes as Fleur de Lys
Richard Morant as Phoebus with Hetty Baynes as Fleur de Lys

Richard Morant

1977 version

Richard Morant played Phoebus in the 1976 version of Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Morent’s Phoebus follows Phoebus to the book. Morant gets a lot of interaction with Fleau-de Lys so he his character is giving a play wickness in attition to his purpose as the character. He probadly act the most like Phoebus, more or less a guy who likes women and fun.

Robert Powell as Phoebus
Robert Powell as Phoebus

Robert Powell

1982 version

Rober Powell played Phoebus in the1982 British-American TV movie starring Anthony Hopkins, Sir Derek Jacobi, as Quaismodo and Frollo respectively. It was directed Michael Tuchner and Alan Hume.

Powell’s Phoebus is a jerk. He’s callous and he doesn’t have Phoebus' lust for life that he has in the book. Powell’s Phoebus doesn’t even have any redeeming qualities. And he is the only Phoebus that is actually married.

Disney's Phoebus voiced by Kevin Kline
Disney's Phoebus voiced by Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

The 1996 Disney Version

Disney's version of Phoebus is voiced by Kevin Kline.

Phoebus is a soldier in the movie who has taken the position of Captain of the Guards, or Frollo's Henchmen number #1. He saves Esmeralda and Esmeralda saves him. They pretty much have the some personality: both have a dry wit: basic Esmeralda and Phoebus are made for each other in this movie and they are a couple. Unlike other movies, Phoebus is an auxiliary hero, he not the lead hero but he gets the girl.

Unlike other Phoebus Phoebus's look is not medieval but has a Romanesque vibe to his overall look.

Benedick Blythe as Phoebus
Benedick Blythe as Phoebus

Benedick Blythe

1997 Version

Benedick Blythe played Phoebus in the 1997 version called "the Hunchback". It was directed by Peter Medak and started Mandy Patinkin and Richard Harris as Quasimodo and Frollo respectively.

Blythe's Phoebus is a glorfied extra, he has a few lines but the film does not go the stab Phoebus route in fact Phoebus is hardly on the rader, he just not important to the plot at all.

Patrick Fiori as Phoebus
Patrick Fiori as Phoebus

Patrick Fiori

1998 Version (musical)

Patrick Fiori play Phoebus in the original French cast of Notre Dame de Paris.

Fiori's Phoebus follows the book, as he enjoys women, but he does care for his fiancée Fleur de Lys. Unlike other Phoebus it a little unclear if he likes Esmeralda more than he does in the book. In the book he just wanted a single evening and told her lies to get her to sleep with him. In Notre Dame de Paris he seems to want to balance Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys and have each of them fulfill different needs for him: wife and mistress. However Fleur de Lys isn't into this and gives and makes him chose and since Esmeralda is to die Phoebus very callously picks Fleur de Lys.

Vincent Elbaz as Phoebus
Vincent Elbaz as Phoebus

Vincent Elbaz

999 Version (Parody)

Vincent Elbaz played Phoebus in the 1999 parody film called Quasimodo d'El Paris. It was directed by Patrick Timsit (also staring as Quasimodo).

Elbaz's Phoebus instead of be a Captain of Guards he is a police officer. He is engaged to Agnes (Esmeralda adopted name). He is not really interested in her and considers her a child. He however is interested in Esmeralda and doesn't relieze that Agnes and Esmeralda are the some person. Elbaz's Phoebus is very dumb.

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Disney's Phoebus voiced by Kevin Kline
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      anonymous 5 years ago

      both versions with Tim Driesen Asian tour

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      bethany 2 years ago

      There is now a new version of Phoebus as well! Disney on Broadway's version of the Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Although this stage version does follow the Disney movie version, it also follows the Victor Hugo version as well. Phoebus is a jerk at first, and at first he only does want Esmeralda for sex, but then eventually he falls in love with her and helps Quasimodo try to save her from Frollo. This Phoebus also does die in the stage version from Frollo's wounds as well. It's interesting to see how Disney kept both the original concept and their own concept for the stage version. It is currently playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey only until April 5th, 2015. Disney is then taking the show along with it's cast and crew and bringing it to broadway! It truly is an incredible production! The actors and choir members are all extremely talented, the sets, costumes, lighting, and production design are all beautiful as well! Here is a link to the Paper Mill Production: http://www.papermill.org/ and some information about the future broadway production: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/theater/review-h...

      http://www.broadway.com/videos/155927/video-meet-t...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsWfKVJdNp0

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Jcv86lwbI

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      RiverCygnet 2 years ago

      Wow, thanks for the info. I'm glad they kept Phoebus a little more how is he is the book though it is surprising that he dies in the new musical.

      I really need to update these Hunchback character pages, I have been really slow of late.

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