Verne Troyer

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Verne Troyer
Mini-me 2009.jpg
Verne Troyer attending the Kandy Masquerade party at the Playboy Mansion on February 28, 2009.
Born(1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 44)
Sturgis, Michigan, United States
OccupationActor
Stunt performer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Genevieve Gallen (2004; annulled)
 
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Verne Troyer
Mini-me 2009.jpg
Verne Troyer attending the Kandy Masquerade party at the Playboy Mansion on February 28, 2009.
Born(1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 44)
Sturgis, Michigan, United States
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. Troyer 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.

Personal life[edit]

Troyer at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo Sydney, Australia 2012.

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 grew up in Centreville, Michigan and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987.

Troyer 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.[3]

It was announced on March 29, 2013 that Troyer would be the Grand Marshall in the Paris, Tennessee Fish Fry Parade. He has also struggled with several addictions, including cocaine-addiction and alcoholism.

Sex tape scandal[edit]

On June 25, 2008, a private home videotape was released which showed Troyer and his former live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider having sex. The video, which had been filmed in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, Shrider's home town, and during the Easter Weekend of 2008 at Raffles L’Ermitage hotel, [4] was leaked to the public by Shrider to TMZ.[5] Kevin Blatt, the man responsible for brokering the deal for the Paris Hilton 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.

Filmography[edit]

Verne Troyer at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International.
YearFilmRoleNotes
1994Baby's Day OutStuntmanfirst film role as Stuntman
1996Dunston Checks InStuntman
1996Jingle All the WayStuntman & "little santa"
1996Pinocchio's RevengePinocchio's miniature doublefirst acting film role
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 Goblin (voice by Warwick Davis)Credited as Vern Troyer
2002Run for the MoneyAtilla
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberMini-Me
2003Pauly Shore is DeadHimself
2007PostalHimself
2007Drake & JoshChuckCameo appearance
2008The Love GuruCoach Punch Cherkov
2008CollegeHimself
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusPercy
2012Keith Lemon: The FilmArchimedes

Television work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As stated by Troyer during interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ Verne Troyer Biography (1969-) from FilmReference.com
  3. ^ "Mini-Me Actor Challenges Model's Marriage". 
  4. ^ Sherri L. Shaulis (2008-07-03). "AVN Exclusive: Verne Troyer's Ex Discusses Sex Tape, Relationship, More". AVN. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. ^ Isola, Laurie (2008-06-26). "Troyer in Sex Tape Scandal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 

External links[edit]

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