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“The Adventures Of Little Diego - Former Child Star” Introduction - 'Soul Revival'
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!
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!
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.
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.
But I’m just a cater waiter and puppies are expensive and love has been hard to find.
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.
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?
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.