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Overview (5)

Born in Sturgis, Michigan, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (a suspected suicide)
Birth NameVerne Jay Troyer
Nicknames Mini Me
Mini-V
Height 2' 8" (0.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With a decades-long career as an actor and stuntman, Verne Troyer was best known for playing "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedies Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and for his role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Troyer, born in Sturgis, Michigan, had always dreamed of getting into showbiz. Shortly after his high school graduation in 1987, he moved with some friends to Arlington, Texas, where, in 1993, he got his first break as a stunt double for a 9-month-old baby on the film Baby's Day Out (1994). In his early years of film and television work, he often portrayed 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 (17)

Was 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.
Verne and his yoga instructor/girlfriend, Genevieve Gallen, wed in January 2004. The wedding was annulled a month later.
Verne had to do all of his own stunts because there wasn't anyone small enough to fill in.
Loved college football. His favorite team was the Michigan Wolverines. He had said his second favorite team is "whoever's playing Notre Dame.".
Loved to play video games.
Verne and his date were voted King and Queen at their high school prom.
Had 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 had lived in the United States (mostly Pennsylvania) since the 1700s, Verne was still entirely of German descent (including Swiss-German), with an Amish family background. The Troyer family originates in Emmental, Bern, Switzerland.
In early April 2018, Troyer was admitted to a hospital after an incident in his home. He had previously been admitted to rehab to undergo treatment for alcoholism. It was announced on April 21, 2018, that Troyer had died at the age of 49. No cause of death was immediately released but suicide is suspected.
Dated Brittney Powell for 11 years (from 2007 to April 2018) until his death at age 49.

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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