Christopher Dennis, who gained fame after years of dressing up as Superman on Hollywood Blvd for photos with tourists, will get his last wish fulfilled and be buried in his superhero costume. According to a release from Dennis’ PR team, an anonymous benefactor stepped forward and donated enough money to help cover his funeral costs and allow Dennis to be draped in his beloved cape.
“Chris and I spoke of his final wishes, as many friends do. He had expressed it was his wish to be buried, in his costume. His wife, Bonnie Finkenthal Dennis, and I hoped to be able to do so, but the cost was prohibitive for us, even with the crowdfunding campaign but we worked hard to make that happen and kept on hoping for a miracle,” said Dennis’ friend, director Vlad Kozlov.
“I was surprised, shocked, and delighted for Chris when an anonymous benefactor came forward to cover the majority of the funeral costs, and that, combined with the crowdfunding campaign donations, will enable Christopher to get the sendoff he hoped to have, and he will be buried in his Superman costume,” added Kozlov.
Hollywood Superman, who appeared on a few episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will be laid to rest with a funeral service at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday, December 7th at 12 PM.
Before the anonymous benefactor came forward, his family and friends took to crowdfunding on GoFundMe and had raised over $3,000. The release from Dennis’ family explains:
“Now, with the vast majority of the costs being covered, the crowdfunding campaign goal has been reduced to reflect only the funds needed for a few miscellaneous funeral expenses such as flowers, posters, food and etc.”
Hollywood Superman was found dead at the age of 52 on November 2 in the San Fernando Valley. His body was discovered headfirst in a clothing donation bin, and his friends said he was looking for something warm to wear.
The official cause of his death has been deferred pending additional investigation from the L.A. County Coroner. After his death, Jimmy Kimmel released a statement on his untimely passing:
“Chris was a sweet guy who appeared on our show many times and was well-liked by everyone at Jimmy Kimmel Live. We will miss him.”
According to Dennis’ GoFundMe page, he grew up in shelters and group homes since the age of 6, but still found his way out to Hollywood and found his way to becoming one of the many street performers who welcomed tourists from around the world to Tinsel Town. He worked Hollywood Blvd for over 25 years and took photos and videos with thousands of people.
In a 2017 interview with The Guaridan, Dennis spoke about becoming Hollywood Superman:
“I’m the first character that did this out there on Hollywood. I came up with an idea while I was waiting tables. These people that I’m waiting on keep saying how much I look like Christopher Reeve or Superman. So I jimmy-rigged an outfit. They loved it.”
Unfortunately, Dennis was homeless for the past 3 years of his life and struggled with mental and substance issues. Now that he is able to be buried in Hollywood, Dennis will forever be cemented in the town that he loved.