Companions, family, and fans of the Hollywood Boulevard costumed characters bid farewell to Christopher Dennis Saturday during his memorial service in Los Angeles at Old North Church Forest Lawn.
The character — known to so many as “Hollywood Superman” for wearing a Man of Steel costume for over two decades and engaging fans along the Walk of Fame — was recognized as a “hero” who can now “fly a lot higher.”
Visitors who attended the service remarked it as “heartfelt” send-off.
Dennis’ favorite tune, “Some place in Time” by John Barry, played as the burial service continued. Among the speakers were his better half, Bonnie Finkenthal-Dennis, and comic Paul Rodriguez, who was not recorded on the program.
Rodriguez initially met Dennis when the battling entertainer was performing at Hollywood’s Christ the King Catholic Church pledge drive sorted out by Catholic Laughs stand-up comedy night to help the destitute.
Additionally at the service were Dennis’ dad, William Ross Dennis of Corning, Ohio; his sister Jennifer LeAnn Dennis-Comparan of Corona, California; his costume companions from Hollywood Boulevard; and individuals from the Center Homeless Mission at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.
Long-lasting on-screen performer Franco Nero, who was not able go to in light of the fact that he is in Europe, made a video tribute that was played during the administration.
“Now you no longer need the cape and the superpowers of superman to fly up in the sky,” Nero said. “Now you can fly much higher than him because instead of the cape you have the loving hand of God.”
Nero featured with Dennis in filmmaker Vladislav Kozlov’s 2015 short film The Kid. Kozlov organized the burial service with gifts from an unknown sponsor, who paid for the whole tribute. Companions and fans gave extra help to a GoFundMe crusade to cover any residual costs. After the administration, Dennis was covered in his Superman ensemble, per his last wishes.
Dennis passed on November 2, 2019, at age 52. He was an installation along the Walk of Fame for over 25 years, modeling for pictures with travelers on the packed walkway outside the Hollywood and Highland shopping hub.
He was destitute, now and again for quite a long time, and had apparently battled with substance misuse.