Dennis (Dennis the Menace) Dennis “The Menace” Mitchell is the eponymous character in the comic strip created by Hank Ketcham in 1951, and was subsequently adapted to movies and television series. Based upon Ketcham’s own son, Dennis is a delightfully mischievous, freckle-faced little five year old boy, whose antics and outspokenness always lead him into trouble. Much of the strip’s humor derives from the other characters’ reactions to him, particularly his gruff but secretly lovable neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Dennis genuinely likes Mr. Wilson’s company, along with Mrs. Wilson’s baking. His behaviour often exasperates his long-suffering parents, but they devotedly persevere. With his dog, Ruff, in tow, Dennis rules the neighborhood, showing the ropes to his adoring sidekick, Joey, trading barbs with the self-important Margaret (who wants to marry him) and showing off for Gina (whom he secretly loves). Dennis will probably never celebrate that long-delayed sixth birthday – long may he live!
Dennis Barlow (The Loved One) Dennis Barlow is the main character in Evelyn Waugh’s 1948 satirical novella, The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy, about the funeral business and Hollywood film community. It was made into a 1965 movie starring Robert Morse as Dennis Barlow. Dennis is a young British poet in Hollywood to write a script. Losing his job, he goes to work as a pet cemetery employee, incurring the horror of his fellow British expatriates. Falling in love with a funeral home cosmetician, he woos her with “borrowed” poetry he infers is his own and asks her to marry him after she receives a promotion, so that she can support him. Dennis is not a particularly high-principled person, it appears. After the suicide of his “loved one”, he presides over her cremation at his place of work, all the while reading a novel. But let’s not be too hard on him – he is an anti-hero at his author’s behest, and as such, he does a pretty darn good job.
Dennis - a song by Badfinger
You Can't Fool Me Dennis - a song by Mystery Jets
Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib (Darren Farrell) - When best friends Doug-Dennis and Ben-Bobby go to the circus, something terrible happens. Doug- Dennis eats all of his friend's popcorn, and then tells a fib (It wasn't me!), which grows and grows (Maybe monsters ate it!), carrying Doug-Dennis away. As the lie gets bigger, Doug-Dennis flies higher, until he's floating in a land of lies - some of them big, some small, and some just downright weird. Doug-Dennis misses his best friend, and realizes there's only one way to come back down: by finally telling the truth. Darren Farrell, a bright new talent in picture books, has created a cautionary tale that's chock-full of hilarity. This charming sheep is sure to become a favorite. (And that's the truth.) Recommended for ages 5-8.
Pleasing the Ghost (Sharon Creech) - Ever since his father died, Dennis has been seeing ghosts. Lots of ghosts. They blow in on the breeze, visit for a while, and fly off again. But one night the ghost of his Uncle Arvie floats in the window. And Arvie wants to do more than chat. Together, they find a lost love letter, finish a special painting, and dig up buried treasure—all for Arvie's widow, Julia. Dennis loves having his uncle around again, but there's still one ghost he's longing to see. Perhaps on the next ghost wind… Recommended for ages 8-11.
Snowboard Maverick (Matt Christopher) - Having just begun to learn how to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Monster Bed (Jeanne Willis) - Little Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because there might be something under his bed. Dennis isn't afraid of monsters—after all, he's a monster himself. He's afraid that humans will get him. His mother says that humans are only in made-up stories, but Dennis is not convinced—but just try telling that to the lost little boy who wanders into Dennis's cave one night! Rollicking rhyme and delightfully detailed illustrations make this story of a bedtime surprise the perfect book for little monsters. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Dennis - Dennis Eckersley (baseball player); Dennis Hopper (actor); Dennis Rodman (basketball player); Dennis Miller (comic/TV personality); Dennis Quaid (actor); Dennis Leary (actor/comic); Dennis Wilson (musician); Dennis Franz (actor)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Dennis - Bing Crosby (actor/singer)
Dennis - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dennis.