Funeral services for Christopher Dennis, also known as the "Hollywood Boulevard Superman," have been released, with the funeral taking place Saturday, December 7 at 12 pm, at the Old North Church on Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. The service will be open to the general public.
An anonymous benefactor has stepped forward to honor Dennis' final wish to be buried in his Superman costume.
“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," director Vlad Kozlov said in a statement.
"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," Kozlov added.
A fundraiser was launched last week to help cover the cost of Dennis' funeral services, but with those funds now being covered, the GoFundMe campaign goal has been reduced to help cover the cost of things such as flowers, posters and food.
According to Dennis' own Facebook page, he began dressing as Superman on Hollywood Boulevard in 1991 after dying his hair black following years of being told he resembled a blonde Christopher Reeve, who famously played the Man of Steel in the 1978 film and its three sequels.
Dennis has 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.
Outside of appearing as Superman, Dennis was also an actor, although he noted that he dreamed of one day playing Superman on the big screen.