Verne Troyer

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Verne Troyer
Verne Troyer 2012.jpg
Troyer at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo Sydney, Australia in 2012
Born (1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 46)
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
Years active 1994–present
Height 2 ft 8 in (0.81 m)
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,[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician.[2] He has two siblings, Davon and Deborah. During his childhood, Troyer spent much time visiting Amish relatives[3] 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".[4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]

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,[6] was leaked to the public by Shrider and TMZ.[7] 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 Marshal in the Paris, Tennessee, Fish Fry Parade.

Troyer is a supporter of English Championship club Leeds United, On November 30th 2014 he was spotted at Elland Road watching Leeds beat Derby County 2-0. It was later revealed on social media websites Facebook and Twitter that he had stayed around to take photos with fans, the most prominent being Leeds United's owner Massimo Cellino and his daughter Eleonora.



Year Title Role Notes
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 Volcano Stuntman
1997 RocketMan Stuntman
1997 Wishmaster Creature Stage #1
1998 My Giant Wrestler
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 Instinct Gorilla Performer
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 Attila
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Mini-Me
2003 Pauly Shore is Dead Himself
2007 Postal Himself
2008 The Love Guru Coach Punch Cherkov
2008 College Himself
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Percy
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Archimedes



  1. ^ As stated by Troyer during interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ Verne Troyer Biography (1969-) from
  3. ^ Verne Troyer respects the Amish lifestyle, in the Arizona Republic; published January 4, 2010; retrieved May 8, 2014
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Mini-Me Actor Challenges Model's Marriage". 
  6. ^ Sherri L. Shaulis (2008-07-03). "AVN Exclusive: Verne Troyer's Ex Discusses Sex Tape, Relationship, More". AVN. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. ^ Isola, Laurie (2008-06-26). "Troyer in Sex Tape Scandal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  8. ^ TV advertisement featuring Verne Troyer from

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