Troyer in February 2009
January 1, 1969 |
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stunt performer|
|Spouse(s)||Genevieve Gallen (2004; annulled)|
Verne J. Troyer (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor and stunt performer. He is notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (0.81 m), the result of cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism, making him one of the shortest men in the world. He is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films.
Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician. He has two siblings, Davon and Deborah. He grew up Amish in Centreville, Michigan, and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987. He has stated that his parents "never treated me any different than my other average sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows and pigs and farm animals".
Troyer has struggled with several addictions, including cocaine and alcoholism. He reportedly married model Genevieve Gallen on February 22, 2004 but filed for an annulment the next day. Though the couple's engagement was widely reported, Troyer and his attorney deny that the two ever had any formal wedding plans, saying that Gallen had fabricated the story for her own financial gain.
On June 25, 2008, a private home video leaked of Troyer and his former live-in girlfriend, Ranae Shrider, having sex. The video, filmed in 2008 in Beverly Hills, California and Shrider's hometown of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, was leaked to the public by Shrider and TMZ. Kevin Blatt, the man responsible for brokering the deal for Paris Hilton's sex tape in 2003, tried to sell the video. Troyer, through his long-time attorney, Ed McPherson, sued TMZ, Blatt, and online rental company SugarDVD, for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement.
It was announced in March 2013 that Troyer would be the Grand Marshall in the Paris, Tennessee Fish Fry Parade.
|1994||Baby's Day Out||Stuntman|
|1996||Dunston Checks In||Stuntman|
|1996||Jingle All the Way||Little Santa||Stuntman|
|1996||Pinocchio's Revenge||Pinocchio's Miniature Double|
|1997||Men in Black||Alien Son|
|1997||Wishmaster||Creature Stage #1|
|1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Wee Waiter|
|1998||The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly||Sundae|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Baby Joe|
|1999||Here Lies Lonely||Virgil|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Mini-Me|
|2000||Mission Imp||Ethan Runt|
|2000||Bit Players||Marty Rosenthal|
|2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Band Member|
|2001||Bubble Boy||Dr Phreak|
|2001||Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone||Griphook the Goblin||Voice by Warwick Davis
Credited as Vern Troyer
|2002||Run for the Money||Atilla|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Mini-Me|
|2003||Pauly Shore is Dead||Himself|
|2008||The Love Guru||Coach Punch Cherkov|
|2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Percy|
|2012||Keith Lemon: The Film||Archimedes|
- Masked Rider (1995–1996) (stunts for Paul Pistore)
- Shasta McNasty (1999–2000)
- Jack of All Trades (2000) – Napoleon Bonaparte
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (2002) – Angus
- Boston Public (2003) – Taylor Prentice (2 episodes)
- Karroll's Christmas (2004)
- The Girls Next Door (2005) – himself (episode "Fight Night")
- The Surreal Life (2005)
- Bo! in the USA (2006)
- The Surreal Life: Fame Games (2007)
- Drake & Josh (2007) – Chuck
- Welcome to Sweden (2007)
- Celebrity Juice (2008, 2010, 2012) – himself
- The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... (2008) – commentator
- The Podge and Rodge Show (2008) – himself
- Celebrity Big Brother (2009) – himself
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2009) – himself
- The Paul O'Grady Show (2009) – himself
- WWE Raw (2009) – guest host
- Lemon La Vida Loca (2013) - himself
- BGO.com TV Campaign (2014) - Beat The Boss
- As stated by Troyer during interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 September 2009.
- Verne Troyer Biography (1969-) from FilmReference.com
- "Mini-Me Actor Challenges Model's Marriage".
- Sherri L. Shaulis (2008-07-03). "AVN Exclusive: Verne Troyer's Ex Discusses Sex Tape, Relationship, More". AVN. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- Isola, Laurie (2008-06-26). "Troyer in Sex Tape Scandal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- bgo.com TV advertisement featuring Verne Troyer from bgo.com