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Verne Troyer
Troyer at the Chiller Theatre Expo in 2017
Verne Jay Troyer

(1969-01-01)January 1, 1969
DiedApril 21, 2018(2018-04-21) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • stunt performer
Years active1994–2018
Height2 ft 8 in (81 cm)
PartnerBrittney Powell (2007–2018; his death)

Verne Jay Troyer (January 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018) was an American actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series. He had cartilage–hair hypoplasia and was 2 ft 8 in (81 cm) tall.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan, on January 1, 1969,[3] the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician.[4] He had two siblings, Davon and Deborah. He 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."[5] Troyer was initially raised Amish, but his parents left the faith when he was a child.[6] During his childhood, Troyer spent much time visiting Amish relatives[7] in Centreville, Michigan. He graduated in 1987 from Centreville High School, where a plaque was dedicated to him in 2003.[8]


Troyer's film career began when a former president of Little People of America contacted him, looking for someone to serve as a stunt double for the infant character "Baby Bink" in John Hughes' film Baby's Day Out (1994).[9] He gained further work as a stunt double with some minor comedic roles in several films of the 1990s, including Dunston Checks In, Jingle All the Way (both 1996), Men in Black (1997),[10] and My Giant (1998).[11] He is also known for an apparition in a Apple PowerBook G4 adv.[12]

He first met with Jay Roach to discuss portraying Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series,[13] directed by Roach and starring co-creator Mike Myers, before filming for the series' second film began. Myers was impressed with Troyer's performance, rewriting the script for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) to give Mini-Me more screen time and remove the character's death.[14] Troyer reprised the role three years later in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and collaborated again with Myers on The Love Guru (2008).[10]

After reaching a large audience as Mini-Me, Troyer portrayed Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001),[15] and played the role of Percy in Terry Gilliam's fantasy film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).[16] He also made several appearances as himself in reality television series, including The Surreal Life (2005), Welcome to Sweden (2007),[10] and the British Celebrity Big Brother 6 (2009), in which he placed fourth.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On June 25, 2008, a private home video was leaked of Troyer and his former live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider having sex. The video, recorded in 2008 in Beverly Hills, California, and Shrider's hometown of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma,[18] was leaked to the public by Shrider and TMZ.[19] 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.[20]

In May 2015, Troyer, his girlfriend Brittney Powell, and her son Tyson appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, where she switched places with Hines Ward's wife.[21]

In early April 2018, Troyer was admitted to a hospital after an incident in his home.[22][23] He had previously been admitted to rehab to undergo treatment for alcoholism.[23][24]


Verne Troyer died at a hospital in Los Angeles, aged 49. His death was later ruled a suspected suicide by alcohol intoxication. He was interred with his parents in Leonidas Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA.[25][26]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1994 Baby's Day Out Baby Bink's stunt double Debut role [9]
1996 Dunston Checks In [10]
Jingle All the Way Little Santa Claus [10]
Pinocchio's Revenge Pinocchio's Miniature Double [27]
1997 Volcano [28]
Men in Black Alien Son [29]
Wishmaster Creature Stage #1 [29]
RocketMan [30]
1998 My Giant Wrestler [11]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Wee Waiter Billed as "Verne J. Troya" [31]
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald Sundae Direct-to-video
Voice by Dee Bradley Baker
Mighty Joe Young Baby Joe [31]
1999 Here Lies Lonely Virgil [33]
Instinct Gorilla Performer [31]
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mini-Me [34]
2000 Bit Players Marty Rosenthal [35]
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Band Member [31]
2001 Bubble Boy Dr. Phreak [29]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Griphook Voice by Warwick Davis [34]
2002 Run for the Money Attila [29]
Austin Powers in Goldmember Mini-Me [34]
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself [29]
2007 Postal Himself [29]
2008 The Love Guru Coach Punch Cherkov [34]
College Himself [31]
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Percy [29]
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Archimedes [31]
2013 Convenience Dwight [31]
2015 Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed: Live in Austin Himself [29]
Gnome Alone The Gnome [36]
2018 The Delivery The Boss Short film
Posthumous release
2019 Aliens, Clowns & Geeks Emperor Beezel-Chugg Posthumous release [27]
2020 The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane Tito the Terrible Posthumous release
Final film role


Year(s) Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1995-1996 Saban's Masked Rider Ferbus Suit Actor [9]
1999–2000 Shasta McNasty Verne [29]
2000 Jack of All Trades Napoleon Bonaparte [29]
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Angus [34]
2003 Boston Public Taylor Prentice 2 episodes [34]
2004 Karroll's Christmas Spike [29]
2005 The Girls Next Door Himself Episode "Fight Night" [38]
The Surreal Life Himself [29]
Half & Half Reggie "The Big Thorne in My Side Episode" [39]
2006 Bo! in the USA [40]
2007 The Surreal Life: Fame Games Himself [29]
Welcome to Sweden Himself [29]
2008 The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... Commentator [41]
The Podge and Rodge Show Himself [42]
2008–2015 Celebrity Juice Himself
2009 Celebrity Big Brother Himself [31]
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself [29]
The Paul O'Grady Show Himself [31]
WWE Raw Guest host [29]
2013 Lemon La Vida Loca Himself [43]
The Body Shocking Show Himself
Legit Himself [35]
2014 BGO.com TV Campaign [44]
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself Season 10, episode 3 [29]
Through the Keyhole Himself
2015 Celebrity Wife Swap Himself [29]
2017 Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA Himself Episode: "Los Angeles 2" [29]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
1999 Madonna "Beautiful Stranger" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Mel B "Word Up" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
2002 Moby "We Are All Made of Stars" 18
2004 D12 "My Band" D12 World
2005 Ludacris "Number One Spot" The Red Light District
2009 Forever the Sickest Kids "What Do You Want from Me" The Weekend: Friday and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2014 Steve Aoki featuring will.i.am "Born to Get Wild" Neon Future I

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref(s)
2016 Let It Die Jackal X [45]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Story Cops with Verne Troyer Glenn Peck Funny or Die Exclusive[46]
2018 My 90-Year-Old Roommate Verne Troyer Episode: Verne Troyer; posthumous release


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