Christopher Dennis, AKA Hollywood Boulevard Superman, tragically passed away November 2 at the age of 52. Chris had been homeless, off and on, for three years prior to his passing, sometimes sleeping in shelters. Family, friends, and fans who had helped him find lodgings over the years, hope to raise funds to give him a final resting place where he can be at peace for eternity.
Dennis died when he got caught up in the clothing donation bin. He was looking for something warm to wear…
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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise funds for a funeral service, cremation, grave/niche plot, and a memorial plaque at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The GoFundMe page was created on behalf of Christopher’s widow, Bonnie Finkenthal Dennis, by Vladislav Kozlov, his long-time friend and director, who produced of a short film starring Christopher, as himself, and film legend Franco Nero, called The Kid, and has been filming with Christopher for the hybrid documentary feature about Christopher’s life, called American Superman since 2013.
The news coverage of Chris’s untimely passing and reporting on his life and the mark he made in Hollywood have been a beautiful tribute to ChristopherDennis and his memory. The crowdfunding campaign strives to help Hollywood Superman find his final rest in the Hollywood land to which he truly belongs.
June 10, 1991 was the date Dennis first stepped foot on the boulevard as Hollywood Superman, according to his Instagram profile. Dennis gave smiles to the millions of tourists from all over the world for over 25 years of his Hollywood Boulevard residency and there are thousands and thousands of photographs of Dennis with visitors to Hollywood Boulevard online and in photo albums around the world.
Hollywood Superman, along with the world-famous Hollywood sign, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, have been part of the Hollywood experience for millions of U.S. and international tourists in Hollywood for decades.
Dennis was born on June 16, 1967. When he was 6, he was put into orphanage by his father. Chris spent his childhood in shelters and group homes. At the age of 18, Chris came to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. When he was waiting tables, numerous people told him that he resembled Christopher Reeve who famously portrayed Superman. Chris decided to dress as Superman and go out on the Hollywood Boulevard in the hopes of being noticed by studio producers. Eventually, Chris started coming to the strip every day since he found out that he was a huge hit with the tourists who wanted to take a picture with him as Hollywood Superman.
This is how he became the first costume character on Hollywood Boulevard. Chris went on giving smiles to the millions of tourists from all over the world for over 25 years. He appeared on numerous episodes of Jimmy Kimmel show, was featured in a documentary Confessions of a Superhero, and appeared in Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars music video City of Angeles.
Dennis married Bonnie, a fellow Superman fan, in 2006. They separated on 2011.
In 2013 Chris began collaborating with a Los Angeles based director Kozlov on different indie projects and Chris starred as himself in Kozlov’s short motion picture The Kid also starring the famous star Franco Nero.
Dennis and Kozlov became close friends and they decided to make a movie about his life adventures. Kozlov started documenting the story of the real-life Hollywood Superman, trying to discover his past and his inner self, for the film which they decided to call American Superman.
In 2016 Dennis became homeless due to a chain of unfortunate events and was fighting to get off the streets. In 2017 two fundraisers were started to help Dennis get out of the streets, but by that time he was beyond accepting help due to substance abuse. Dennis spent another two years in different shelters trying to eventually get into subsidized housing.
People are invited to post their photos and videos and share good memories of Dennis on social media.
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