Adult life in a boy’s body
When looking at Mario, he seems like a typical kid from Brooklyn, but we all know the saying “looks can be deceiving.” Mario now 43 — but inside the body of a 14-year-old child — has a rare condition known as panhypopituitarism. His pituitary gland was damaged in utero, his gland does not make enough essential growth hormone. Mario spent much of his childhood in and out of hospitals.
Mario got big parts in movies and on tv, including “NYPD blue” in spite of and because of his size. When doctors suggested that Mario take testosterone to force puberty, he said:
“My life was okay, my career was moving forward, u know they say don’t break something that doesn’t need to be fixed.”
Mario has added author to his list of accomplishments, hoping to inspire others, a memoir, “From Hopeless to Hollywood: The Mario Bosco Story,” which documents his journey with panhypopituitarism.
“Am happy being Mario Bosco, this height, this size, this way.”