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 45)
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, stunt performer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Genevieve Gallen (2004; annulled)
 
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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 45)
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, stunt performer
Years active1994–present
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. He was raised Amish[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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Baby's Day OutStuntman
1996Dunston Checks InStuntman
1996Jingle All the WayLittle SantaStuntman
1996Pinocchio's RevengePinocchio's Miniature Double
1997Men in BlackAlien Son
1997VolcanoStuntman
1997RocketManStuntman
1997WishmasterCreature Stage #1
1998My GiantWrestler
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasWee Waiter
1998The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared SillySundae
1998Mighty Joe YoungBaby Joe
1999Here Lies LonelyVirgil
1999InstinctGorilla Performer
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeMini-Me
2000Mission ImpEthan Runt
2000Bit PlayersMarty Rosenthal
2000How the Grinch Stole ChristmasBand Member
2001Bubble BoyDr Phreak
2001Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneGriphook the GoblinVoice by Warwick Davis
Credited as Vern Troyer
2002Run for the MoneyAttila
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberMini-Me
2003Pauly Shore is DeadHimself
2007PostalHimself
2008The Love GuruCoach Punch Cherkov
2008CollegeHimself
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusPercy
2012Keith Lemon: The FilmArchimedes

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