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 a child when is 12-year-old, Eddie was a very fragile and worrisome individual. His father died from cancer in 1951, when Eddie was only 5-years-old. Ever since his father died, 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. 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 RunEdit
While helping his friend Bill Denbrough build a Dam under their main hideout, 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. While waiting for him to return, Eddie encounters and befriends an overweight boy named Ben Hanscom, who had been hiding from Henry down in the Barrens as well. They talk about their deceased fathers, Ben's to the Korean War and Eddie's to cancer. Eddie even mentions that Bill's brother, George died eight months back. 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.
The Dam in the BarrensEdit
Eddie's Bad BreakEdit
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. 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 Edit
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 DerryEdit
On May 29, 1985, Eddie received a phone call from his old friend, Mike Hanlon (who was the only loser to stay behind 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 poor Eddie still lives with his overbearing mother, Sonia)
Tracker Brothers (Book only)Edit
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 EndEdit
Eddie is killed in the sewers after It becomes a giant spider. It grabs Eddie and bites his arm off, and 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)