Christopher Dennis, aka Hollywood Superman and the star of the documentary Confessions of a Superhero, has died. He was 52.
For over 25 years, he was known as a costumed street performer portraying the Man of Steel on Hollywood Boulevard.
Struggling with the demons of substance addiction and homelessness, the 2007 documentary showed how he tried to channel the positvity of Superman into his life, being very protective of the character's image.
Breana Ceballos, writing on Nerdbot, said:
"Christopher Dennis understood Superman down to his core. And while he had some private issues he never let them get in the way of his performance. He cared about how people saw him as the character and wanted to leave a positive influence on their lives, even if they only met for a brief moment. Only if they ever met just once."An aspiring actor, who dreamed of one day portraying The Last Son Of Krypton in the movies, CBR.com notes that Dennis:
"...appeared as Superman in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live! among other publications, programs and films."Back in 2007, the Superman Homepage (the ultimate fan site for the character) conducted a lengthy interview with Christoper Dennis, which includes an extensive photo gallery of his massive Superman memorabilia collection (which is now believed to be in a storage unit in Hollywood).
In 2017, he was the victim of a vicious assault by thugs armed with golf clubs who stole his costume, as well as cash etc, which resulted in him becoming homeless again
However, thanks to friends and fans he was eventually back on his feet, but appears to have fallen on hard times again recently.
At the moment, his cause of death is unknown, although police do not suspect foul play.