by David Drake
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Mario Bosco, the Hollywood actor who appears too young for his age. His health condition makes him appear like a 14 year old, when he is actually 42 years old.
Mario suffers from a rare health condition known as hypopituitarism that is a result of pituitary gland damage at birth. This condition stunted Bosco’s growth and he spends a lot of time moving from one hospital to another that he wanted to die at times. Bosco had a rough childhood characterized by a lot of bullying from his peers due to his small body. Bosco overcame his childhood challenges to become an author and a #Hollywood #actor. His health condition is what fuels his Hollywood acting career.
At the age of 14, @MarioBosco was done with his hospital stays and was feeling hopeless. It was during this time that he and Bill Cosby met at the NBC studio. He got the courage to inquire about joining the show business. He got help from Bill Cosby to get acting roles on movies and TV that later paved way for his Hollywood acting career.
Bosco said that life is difficult but full of surprises and faith is essential in accomplishing one’s dreams. He triumphed over adversity to realize his acting and writing dreams.
Bosco attributes his success to persistence and hard work. He was really determined to meet Jimmy Kimmel, a Brooklyn native like himself that he went to 3 of his theatre shows before meeting him and finally sharing the stage with Denzel Washington. In one of the Jimmy Kimmel shows, he lifted his hand up high when the host threw a question to people in the audience to say where they had come from. When he got a chance, Bosco talked about his upbringing in Brooklyn and his desire to meet up with Denzel Washington. While in the dressing room, Denzel heard Bosco and asked him to come up on stage. Their friendship started then and has lasted to date.
As he approached puberty, doctors advised growth hormone intake for Mario Bosco to enable his sail through this stage. He turned down the advice to prevent hitches to his growing career. At the time, his show business career was just beginning to pick up. He was getting contracts to do commercials and sections of films.
He did not take growth hormones because he believed it would change him. He never wanted to be 4’10” tall but talks and looks like a man.
In July 2015, Mario Bosco launched his memoir “Hopeless to Hollywood: The Mario Bosco Story” where he explained in detail how he was able to play a child’s role in movies and TV series despite his age.
Bosco usually spends his holidays in the hospitals. He said that now he is an author.
To date, Bosco has acted in famous films including the 1996 movie “The Bullet” where he starred as Mickey Rourke, “NYPD Blue” TV show and has been featured in many Jimmy Kimmel’s Live episodes. Mario Bosco has worked with different celebrities throughout his acting career. They included Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Bill Cosby. Though he is no longer in contact with him, Bill Cosby gave him a break in his career.
Bosco does not regret the choices he has made this far, and notes that all things happen for a reason. He said that he dreamt of being an author, and he worked to be one.
David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a multi-family office; Victoria Partners, a 300 family office network; LDJ Real Estate Group and Drake Hospitality Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group with divisions Victoria Global Communications,Times Impact Publications, and The Soho Loft Conferences. Reach him directly at David@LDJCapital.com.