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“The Adventures Of Little Diego - Former Child Star” Introduction - 'Soul Revival'

Updated on November 6, 2014

Hi. My name is Marc Copage. That's Copage that rhymes with Garage. I'm also known as ‘Little Diego’. Some people just call me Marcus.

Marc Copage / 'Little Diego'

I started out as a child actor having made my first appearance at six weeks old in the feature film “Tammy And The Doctor” that starred Sandra Dee and Peter Fonda. That’s me about 19 seconds into the clip below as a six week old baby.

Five years later I was cast on a ground breaking and highly rated weekly sit-com which ran for three seasons on the NBC television network.

My father had big aspirations for me. I was to become the next Shirley Temple, one of the greatest child stars of all time!

Child Star Shirley Temple

Only an African American male version of her. For a moment in time, it looked like that might actually happen!

Child Star Marc Copage

There are not many people who can say they co-starred on a show that was the most watched TV show in the nation at one time!

Variety

Variety 2

Now, I work ‘on call’ as a hollywood cater waiter for the rich and famous. I used to be part of the ‘in’ crowd. Now I clean up after them. I say, “Can I get you another cocktail Mr. Pitt, Mr. Clooney, Mr. Cruise?” Or perhaps a cup of tea?

Actor Tom Cruise

I've enjoyed various levels of success throughout my lifetime. I've stayed in the finest hotels, been given countless awards and been presented the keys to cities by their top officials!

City Officials

I was even invited to the White House as the year's Christmas Seal Ambassador. Here's a letter I got from the late President Richard Nixon thanking me for a Christmas recording I had made and sent to him in appreciation of his invitation to The White House.

White House
White House

I've also mopped floors, cleaned toilets, and been nearly homeless. There was a time I truly thought I could become anything I wanted to be in life by working hard and doing what I loved. I thought that anything was possible with some hard work. I don’t think there’s anyone who knows me that would accuse me of being lazy. Unfortunately, things just haven’t turned out the way I had planned. Now, all I really want before I die is to spend a weekend at Disneyland with someone I love and a puppy.

Disneyland

But I’m just a cater waiter and puppies are expensive and love has been hard to find.

Fate

Being on TV was not my idea. It was not something I was pursuing. I was never some aspiring showbiz kid actor that wanted to be on TV.

"Julia"

But I guess it was my fate. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like today if I hadn’t been cast on that TV show? What my life would be like today If I had never been a child star? What my life would be like today If I hadn’t been born in LA, but born in Omaha, Nebraska or some traditional midwestern type of environment in a 'traditional' type of family? What my life would be like today if I would have had a mother that loved me?

Traditional Midwestern Family

I’m at that point where I realize I’ve lived more years on this planet than I most likely have left. Quality years for certain. My eyes aren’t what they used to be and I think I’m developing man breasts. I’m losing hair in some places and growing hair in places where hair never grew before. I believe my testicles have dropped a good couple of inches and I’m pretty sure my penis is shrinking. It takes me longer now to pee, and generally speaking I have to go with more frequency.

And I’ve never really had a woman in my life. At this point I’ve pretty much given up on the whole idea entirely. So I will most likely never hear the words Dad or Grandpa when made in reference to me. And I rent a tiny space under some people's stairs from a gambling addicted, glass eyed, care-taker, landlady. My entire apartment is smaller than the closets of most of the people I grew up with.


My Room Under The Stairs

So I've decided to write my story. The story of my life. Cause I’m at that point. With each passing year I lose a little bit more of my soul. I find myself getting closer and closer to some very dark places and I’m afraid one day there will be no turning back and I will be swallowed up whole into a kind of abyss. I'm just trying to figure it all out while there's still time. If you've lived long enough in this world, each of us has at least one good story to tell. Right?

Marc Copage

Andrea Yslas Photography
Andrea Yslas Photography

All I need is one last big break! Just one hit to see me through my golden years and retirement! If I could just make it on to ‘Dancing With The Stars’!

Marc Copage and Heather Christine - Nightclub Two Step

So I write hoping it will bring about some kind of clarification. My purpose in living. Or maybe a resuscitation, a resurrection, a revival of my soul. Because I feel like I'm dying. This is my story.


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      Shanna 20 months ago

      You mentioned in your blog ‘’ I believe my testicles have dropped a good couple of inches and I’m pretty sure my penis is shrinking. It takes me longer now to pee, and generally speaking I have to go with more frequency. ’Have you check yourself to make sure you do not have prostate cancer? All men ages 50 and up some even in 40’s must have them check. Please do if you have not done yet, it could save your life.

      Did you ever try Dancing with the Stars? By the way you are dancing very well.

      Disneyland? Would love to go with you.

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      Marc Copage 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sharon.

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      Sharon 4 years ago

      I will keep you in my prayers.

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Likewise little Diego. Writing is indeed a good way to express oneself and our out emotions. This will certainly take away the burden. Best to you always!

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      Marc Copage 4 years ago from California

      That's so nice of you to say JPSO138! Interesting enough the writing seems to be a bit of therapy for me as well. I wish you the utmost success in all of your endeavors as well! Cheers!

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hi little Diego, It is indeed an honor to read your hub. I could see that you have the talent for writing and I hope to read more of your works. Keep the positive thinking always and I am sure that you will surely rise again.

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      Marc Copage 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Riggle! Life's always an adventure! Stay well!

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      Riggie 4 years ago

      Hello Marc or Hi little Diego,

      To my delight, scrolling thru channels today I found Julia. I was so happy...it was my favorite show as a child. It was wonderful to see your face again. I had to google u and found this page. Awww life huh? Throws curve balls don't it? Enjoyed your writing and really hoping you've made it to Disneyland. If not, we gotta fix that! It's possible!

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      Marc Copage 4 years ago from California

      Interesting indeed! Thanks for the comment Arioch! Cheers, mate!

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      Gordon D Easingwood 4 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Sounds like you have had a rich and interesting life, can't wait to read more.

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      Marc Copage 4 years ago from California

      Thanks, Nate! Just trying to sort all this out. Life. I appreciate your support and kind words! Cheers!

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Wow. Very powerful, Marc. I can relate.

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      Marc Copage 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rosemary! I will continue working on it! Thank you for your kind words, encouragement, and support!

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      Rosemary 5 years ago

      I am glad that you are writing now. I think you have a talent in writing, and I hope others agree. I enjoyed watching you on Julia when I was young, and now I like reading your insights and postings on Facebook. Hoping for another success for you!

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      Marc Copage 5 years ago from California

      Thanks, Mary! I'm sure you've got a great story in you as well with your life experiences!

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      Mary Cummins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      That was great. You've definitely had an interesting journey so far.

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      Marc Copage 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Island Voice! That was very sweet of you! Still figuring this stuff out. I like to think the best is yet to come!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Just to let you know i tweeted and pinned your first hub! Good luck, and God bless!

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      Marc Copage 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much ladies! It certainly will be an on going process. Your support means a great deal to me! Thank you so much!!!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi Marc! It's my pleasure to know you through this hub. First of all, let me say 'you can write'! I salute you for your honesty, and bravery, to share your story. Writing is cathartic, and for what it's worth, i hope you will keep it going. Welcome to Hubpages, i'll be following you!

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      GPAGE 5 years ago from California

      This is great Marc! Looking forward to hearing more! LOVE the videos and cool retro pics! You were adorable when you were little!! Still gorgeous! Better to say "HOT" since you are a guy. ha ha

      VOTED UP!!! :)

      This hub is just the beginning....Writing will save your soul! Trust me! GPAGE

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