Actor and producer Marc Bovee, who grew up steeped in a difficult emotional milieu, knew as a high school senior exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up, general manager of a Loew’s theater. Self directed as he is, the day after his high school graduation he moved to NYC. He says, “No college, no Dartmouth, no Yale.” Just straight for the success he wanted. Oh, yes, he got that exact job.
In early ’87 watching Heartbreak Ridge, he was inspired him to serve his country. So, at the age of 23, he joined the army, his first real decision without first consulting his mother. Having already lost her older son to a cancer she felt was somehow caused by his service in the US Marine Corp, she was not pleased with Marc’s decision.
Military service was a good but challenging time for Marc who was happy to be part of the mechanism and the brotherhood. His service, however, was cut short by his illness and he felt a sense of brokenness and a “what-if” feeling he knew was not a healthy place to live. Compassionate and adaptable as Marc is, he found his way through this to other successes. He spent the next many years first doing some beautiful work as part of the GI Film Festival and then in the distribution department of Universal Pictures until he sadly faced some personal betrayals and ensuing interpersonal damage with no emotional support. But, the ever self-directed Marc found a healer who is still a part of his life and who brought him to a better understanding of the worldwide problem of mankind’s unkindness and the issues of mental health.
Marc talks with candor and generosity about some of his best days as well as his menacingly dark times. Happily, he has never felt more engaged or more dignity professionally than he does now since the day he learned to say, “It is time to for me to go.” With that simple sentence, Marc took the next important step into his own future met his real self around the next corner.
He recently founded Bovee-Killgore, his broadcasting & media production company and entertainment service through which he connects clients who want to make their television and film accessible to the blind, deaf and hard of hearing.
His love letter? Two important people in Marc’s life encouraged him to write a difficult letter of forgiveness to one of his betrayers. And, there will most likely be one to his mother who, Marc says with unbound joy, has found a wonderful man who treats her with dignity.
Marc’s story, ever unfolding, is all so worth hearing in his own compelling, and actually rather angelic, voice. Listen and be buoyed by some real compassion, humor and courage here.