The Superman” Christopher Dennis Dies at 52

The Superman” Christopher Dennis Dies at 52

Christopher Dennis, aka the “Hollywood Superman” and arguably the most recognizable of all the characters who line Hollywood Boulevard to entertain tourists, has died. He was 52. A cause of death is unknown. 

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Dennis was found dead Saturday in the San Fernando Valley. We’re told his body was discovered lying headfirst in a bin that’s used for clothing donations.

Dennis’ story is both charming and tragic — after 2 decades of entertaining folks in Hollywood by impersonating The Man of Steel, he was the victim of a vicious assault and robbery that nearly killed him and left him without a way to make money.

The Superman" Christopher Dennis Dies at 52

Dennis spoke to The Guardian in 2017 said: “I’m the first character that did this out there on Hollywood,” he said then. “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.”

“While I was homeless, one of the homeless guys, he beat me down with golf clubs, stole my outfit and left me for dead,” he told The Guardian. “I felt like I was dead because I was now without a job, I lost my dignity and my pride.”

“So, I found myself panhandling on the corner. I had to do something.”

The Super Museum located Metropolis, Ill. posted to social media a statement on Dennis’ passing. 

“We’ve known Chris for many years,” the museum statement reads. “He spent time with our family and showed lots of support for our museum and the Superman Celebration. Chris has had many struggles and ups and downs over the years. We hope that he is at peace now. And we pray for comfort to those who loved and cared about him.”

Dennis told The Guardian he was immensely thankful for the character. 

“When I put on this suit, I am Superman,” he said. “I think it has made me a better person.” 

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