Eddie Kaspbrak is one of the members of The Losers' Club, appearing in Stephen King's novel, It, and its subsequent film adaptations. He is the second member of the losers to have a disability, as Bill Denbrough has a bad stutter. He is good friends with Bill Denbrough, Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, Ben Hanscom, Stan Uris and Richie Tozier.
He was portrayed by Adam Faraizl as a child and by Dennis Christopher as an adult.
As an eleven-year-old child, Eddie was a very fragile and worrisome individual. His father died from cancer in 1951, when Eddie was only five. Since then, Eddie's overbearing mother, Sonia Kaspbrak, would often control him and use his asthma problem as an excuse to make him weak to the point of bringing him closer to her. Sonia's manipulation of Eddie through medical issues she either creates or exacerbates is a classic example of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Throughout the summer, Eddie evolves a stronger personality, having the courage to stand up to his mother and even later on under the sewers, It.
Eddie's Asthma Run
While helping his friend Bill Denbrough build a dam in a stream in the Barrens, the two of them are ambushed by Henry Bowers and his friends, who break down their dam. Henry then punches Eddie, breaking his nose. (In the film, he merely shoves Eddie to the ground) After his inhaler goes empty, Eddie sends Bill to go get a new one at Mr. Keene's pharmacy after Ben Hanscom emerges from the brush and agrees to wait with Eddie. Ben felt somewhat responsible for Henry's short fuse as he had escaped a bad beating and Henry was trying to hunt him down; Eddie and Bill had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. had been hiding from Henry down in the Barrens as well. When Bill returns from Mr. Keene's Pharmacy Store, Eddie introduces him to Ben and the three begin fixing up the dam which was destroyed by Henry and his friends earlier.
Eddie had an interest in the old train yard and the nearby houses, imagining what it was like for railroad men. He walks down Neibolt Street and is particularly drawn to #29. While approaching the house, a man who comes out from under the porch, dirty, desperate, and offering to give Eddie a blowjob for a dime. The man has serious skin issues, including a mostly missing nose, and Eddie thinks he has leprosy. When he eventually tells Bill and Richie about this, they tell him he had syphilis. However, Eddie still thinks of him as "The Leper". Eventually, Eddie returns alone to 29 Neibolt Street despite his fear. It appears as a leper, crashing out the basement window and killing foliage he touches. His face is literally falling off and crawling with maggots; as usual, It takes the frightening to the next level. Eddie runs and manages to get away. He shares this story to his friends at The Barrens the first day they talk about the strange things they've each seen in Derry.
Eddie's Bad Break
While walking home from Mr. Keene's store, Eddie is attacked by Henry Bowers, Vic Criss, Patrick Hockstetter, and Moose Sadler in the park as payback for humiliating them in the rock fight. They push Eddie to the ground near the park benches. Vic, Patrick, and Moose hold him down while Henry savagely beats him, going as far as breaking his arm. Henry and his friends depart when authorities arrive to aid him. Although frightened and hurt, Eddie realizes that this is the first true pain he has felt in his life. While at the hospital, Eddie, after a brief argument, finally stands up to his mother when she attempted to forbid her son from seeing any of his friends.
Under the City
After the Losers make the choice of going into the sewer to destroy IT, Eddie stands up to IT trying to kill it with his inhaler spraying on IT's face, melting the side of IT's face.
Return to Derry
On May 29, 1985, Eddie received a phone call from his old friend, Mike Hanlon (who was the only loser to stay behind in Derry), telling him that the killings are happening again and that It may still well be alive. After a brief argument in which Mike asks him to return to Derry, Eddie eventually settles, agreeing to return to overcome his trauma and fears. Despite objections and arguments made from his wife, Myra (who is a parallel reflection of Sonia, Eddie's mother), Eddie hesitantly departs to Derry, leaving his estranged and worried spouse behind. (In the film, there is no Myra, and Eddie still lives with his overbearing mother.)
Tracker Brothers (Book only)
While down at the old and abandoned baseball field at Tracker Brothers, Eddie recounts the times on how he and his friends would often be dragged down to the field by Stan Uris, forcing them to stay even though they had no interest in the sport. He also thinks back to Belch Huggins (who was murdered by It in 1958) and his tremendous batting skills. While walking around the deserted field, Eddie, to his unexpected surprise, encounters It in several manifestations, including Phil Tracker (who, alongside Tony Tracker, owned and maintaind the Trackers), Patrick Hockstetter, and the Leper that haunted him back in 1958 at the House on Neibolt Street.
Eddie's Tragic End
Eddie is killed in the sewers after It becomes a giant spider. It grabs Eddie and bites his arm off, and he bleeds to death. After being told It is finally destroyed, Eddie, glad that their long-time childhood enemy is dead, dies in his friends arms. He is later buried in the Derry Cemetery. (In the novel, they reluctantly leave Eddie's corpse in the sewers because they are not able to carry him back to the higher ground. (In the film, IT squeezes Eddie until it breaks his ribs. He dies after trying to tell Richie not to call him "Eddie Spaghetti" (Actually, it was "Spaghetti Man" this time)
- 11/22/63 (mentioned)