Verne Troyer Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Sturgis, Michigan, USA
Nicknames Mini Me
Height 2' 8" (0.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Verne Troyer is best known for his role as "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Even though Verne has become recognized as a "Big Man in the business," he has been working in show business as an actor and stuntman for several years. Troyer, born in Sturgis, Michigan, had always dreamed growing up of getting into showbiz. Shortly after his high school graduation in 1987, Verne moved with some friends to Arlington, Texas, where, in 1993, he got his first break into showbiz as a stunt double for a 9-month-old baby on a film called Baby's Day Out (1994). Over the next few years, Verne made several film and television appearances, often portraying animals or small children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gilbert Lee

Spouse (1)

Genevieve Gallen (22 January 2004 - 23 February 2004) (annulled)

Trade Mark (2)

His small height
Bald head

Trivia (15)

One of the smallest men in the world
Threw out the first ball at the San Diego Padre vs. Los Angeles Dodger game on June 30, 1999. It wasn't from the mound, of course.
Announced engagement to his yoga instructor/girlfriend, Genevieve Gallen, and plans to wed in November 2003. In August of 2003, Verne denied the earlier reports that he and girlfriend Genevieve Gallen were to be married. His reps said that he had never even asked her. They wed in January of 2004, but were in the process of a divorce as of fall 2006.
Verne has to do all of his own stunts because there isn't anyone small enough to fill in!
Verne loves college football. His favorite team is the Michigan Wolverines. He says his second favorite team is "whoever's playing Notre Dame."
Verne loves to play video games in his spare time.
Verne and his date were voted King and Queen at their high school prom.
Has a brief appearance in Moby's "We Are All Made of Stars" video.
Mage(sp) video game/commercial. [December 2007]
Guest-hosted WWE Raw (1993). [November 2009]
The Celebrity Big Brother (2001) house, Hertfordshire, England. [January 2009]
Housemate on Celebrity Big Brother (2001) (UK). [January 2009]
Acting as a celebrity spokesman in a Geico auto insurance commercial. [September 2006]
Participating in Celebrity Big Brother (2001) UK. [January 2009]
While both sides of Verne's family have lived in the United States (mostly Pennsylvania) since the 1700s, Verne is still entirely of German descent (including Swiss-German). The "Troyer" family originates in Emmental, Bern, Switzerland.

Personal Quotes (31)

Between takes I asked Vern how tall he is and he said "I'm 32 inches tall but if you ask me how tall I am I'll tell you 'I'm two foot eight!' because it sounds bigger." (said with a wry grin in the mid-1990s)
We were doing the dance routine and I dislocated my knee. I've been doing stunts for a long time and it's kind of weird that I'd dislocate my knee just dancing.
I can play the leading man. I can play the action hero, maybe in just a different way. I look at it as, you know, if you set your mind to it, you can do it.
I love London. I would move here. I like British people; everybody is so down to earth.
I stay away from the elf roles; I stay away from playing a leprechaun. All the roles I try to do are something that an average actor would do.
I was working at a candy-wrapping factory before I became an actor. I admit I snuck some hard candy, which is great because you can suck on it while you're working.
In Men in Black, it was a very small character, no pun intended.
Doing stunt work is risky, but it's something I enjoy.
There's nobody else that can double me - except for a doll.
I'm a big sports fan. College football is my favorite.
The Amish like to live a very plain lifestyle, the way they think God intended. It sort of brings you back to, like, 'Little House on the Prairie' days or something.
In the film, I'm not very mobile, like in the space suit.
Me being able to beat up Austin Powers? I mean, how great can that be?
It's hard for me to even watch comedies I'm in.
Now I get to pick and choose exactly what I want to do.
L.A. is so fake - girls there are so superficial.
I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. In my graduating class, I had like 92 people.
I've done approximately 15 films, and most of the things I've done have either been stunt or costume work.
I still pinch myself that I ended up in Hollywood. And I am still surprised at the fans.
I felt probably more uncomfortable than Beyonce. But I can't answer for her.
I just take it one day at a time. Austin Powers has given me a lot of opportunities as far as my career.
I'll be one of the Who's of Whoville.
I think it was a good challenge for me to get my reactions across without being able to speak.
I was just the perfect person to play the Mini-Me character.
In high school and college all my friends and my brother wrestled.
I went to see the film with a regular audience for the first time on Sunday, and was basically swamped.
What I really enjoy the most is seeing what the crowd likes. I enjoy making people laugh.
There's times when you're having dinner with a good friend and you're in the middle of a conversation and somebody comes up and cuts you off. Can you sign this? Can I take a picture with you? I'm adjusting to all the attention.
If I did everything, I probably wouldn't be here talking to you. There aren't too many people who can actually double me, so I do most of my stunts though.
I think when average-size people start taking roles that were meant for dwarfs, that's a little frustrating because there aren't that many roles out there for height-challenged actors.
People have a good time with all the catch phrases.

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