Tulsa King’s Max Casella reveals he did not hit puberty until age 27: ‘It was a horror show’


Max Casella, a veteran actor who is set to star alongside Sylvester Stallone in series Tulsa King, has revealed that he did not hit puberty until age 27.

The 55-year-old actor told Page Six that he has a pituitary dwarfism which is a growth hormone deficiency characterized with unusually short height.

He made the revelation to the publication at the premiere for the upcoming Paramount+ series in New York on Wednesday as he said: ‘I was given testosterone.

Candid: Max Casella, a veteran actor who is set to star alongside Sylvester Stallone in series Tulsa King, has revealed that he did not hit puberty until age 27.

Brave: The 55-year-old actor told Page Six that he has a pituitary dwarfism which is a growth hormone deficiency characterized with unusually short height, he is pictured in July 1990

Brave: The 55-year-old actor told Page Six that he has a pituitary dwarfism which is a growth hormone deficiency characterized with unusually short height, he is pictured in July 1990

‘I was on growth hormones; I’m still on those things. My body didn’t go through the change by itself.’

Max said that the process helped him finally reach puberty in his late twenties.

He explained: ‘I have a malfunctioning pituitary gland from birth and basically had to jumpstart my puberty by pumping me full of testosterone and growth hormones to get me to grow because it wasn’t happening. I was 25, and I hadn’t even shaved.’

No doubt his condition made it difficult in maintaining his Hollywood career with his signature role coming from starring in highly popular series Doogie Howser, MD from 1989 to 1993.

Max (pictured in October 1991) said: 'I was given testosterone. 'I was on growth hormones; I’m still on those things. My body didn’t go through the change by itself'

Max (pictured in October 1991) said: ‘I was given testosterone. ‘I was on growth hormones; I’m still on those things. My body didn’t go through the change by itself’

Max got candid as he said: ‘It was a horror show. I couldn’t talk about it. No one understood it.

‘It’s like the trans community today talks about body dysmorphia and feeling like, “I’m in the wrong body,” absolutely my experience. Absolutely. I was a man trapped in a little boy’s body throughout most of my 20s until they finally pumped me full of testosterone.’

Regardless the talented actor has maintained a successful Hollywood career as he has starred in over 100 projects.

Bond: No doubt his condition made it difficult in maintaining his Hollywood career with his signature role coming from starring in highly popular series Doogie Howser, MD from 1989 to 1993, he is seen with Neil Patrick Harris in April 1989

Bond: No doubt his condition made it difficult in maintaining his Hollywood career with his signature role coming from starring in highly popular series Doogie Howser, MD from 1989 to 1993, he is seen with Neil Patrick Harris in April 1989

Growing: Max and Neil are pictured in October 1991

Growing: Max and Neil are pictured in October 1991

His latest is alongside the Hollywood legend Stallone, 76, and said that meeting him was a milestone moment in his life saying that it was ‘almost s*** in your pants moment.’

Max explained to Page Six: ‘I had his poster on my wall when I was 10 years old, and now I’m acting with him? It’s surreal.

‘I’ve acted with a lot of big stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp. Sometimes it’s up or down, your experience with them, but nobody like Sly, who was such a superhero to my 10-year-old self. This was like my boyhood dream.’

His latest is alongside the Hollywood legend Stallone, 76, and said that meeting him was a milestone moment in his life saying that it was 'almost s*** in your pants moment,' they are seen at the premiere on Wednesday

His latest is alongside the Hollywood legend Stallone, 76, and said that meeting him was a milestone moment in his life saying that it was ‘almost s*** in your pants moment,’ they are seen at the premiere on Wednesday

Exciting: Max plays Armand Truisi in Tulsa King which is set to begin streaming on Paramount+ beginning on Monday

Exciting: Max plays Armand Truisi in Tulsa King which is set to begin streaming on Paramount+ beginning on Monday

Max plays Armand Truisi in Tulsa King which is set to begin streaming on Paramount+ beginning on Monday.

In Kansas City, the story follows a New York City Italian mobster (Stallone), who’s forced to relocate to one of the most unlikely of places— Kansas City, Missouri, according to the series synopsis.

Set in present day, Stallone’s legendary mobster Sal is faced with the startling task of reestablishing his Italian mafia family to the modernized, straight-shooting town of Kansas City. 

After arriving in the Midwest city, Sal encounters surprising and unsuspecting characters who follow him along his unconventional path to power. 

 Sheridan, Winter and Stallone will serve as executive producers with David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari of 101 Studios. Winter, an Oscar nominee for his screenplay for Wolf of Wall Street, will also run the show as showrunner, and a writers room is up and running.

In Kansas City, the story follows a New York City Italian mobster (Stallone), who's forced to relocate to one of the most unlikely of places— Kansas City, Missouri, according to the series synopsis

In Kansas City, the story follows a New York City Italian mobster (Stallone), who’s forced to relocate to one of the most unlikely of places— Kansas City, Missouri, according to the series synopsis

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