Verne Troyer

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Verne Troyer
Troyer at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo Sydney, Australia in 2012
Born (1969-01-01)January 1, 1969
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
Died April 21, 2018(2018-04-21) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1994–2018
Height 2 ft 8 in (81 cm)
Weight 35 lb (16 kg)
Spouse(s) Genevieve Gallen (m. 2004; annulled 2004)
Partner(s) Brittney Powell (2007–2018)

Verne Troyer (January 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018) was an American actor, stunt performer, and comedian. He was notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (81 cm), the result of achondroplasia dwarfism,[1] which made him one of the shortest men in the world. He was best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, and for his brief appearance as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Early life

Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician.[2] He had two siblings, Davon and Deborah. During his childhood, Troyer spent much time visiting Amish relatives[3] in Centreville, Michigan, and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987. Troyer was initially raised Amish, but his parents left the faith when he was a child.[4] 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]

Personal life

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 denied that the two ever had any formal wedding plans, saying that Gallen had fabricated the story for her own financial gain.[6]

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,[7] was leaked to the public by Shrider and TMZ.[8] 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.[citation needed]

In May 2015, Troyer, his girlfriend Brittney Powell,[9] and her son Tyson appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, where she switched places with Hines Ward's wife.[citation needed]


In April 2018, Troyer was admitted to a hospital after an incident in his home.[10][11] He had previously been admitted to rehab to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction.[11][12]

It was announced on April 21, 2018, that Troyer had died at the age of 49. No cause of death was immediately released.[13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Baby's Day Out Baby Bink's stunt double
1996 Dunston Checks In
1996 Jingle All the Way Little Santa
1996 Pinocchio's Revenge Pinocchio's Miniature Double
1997 Volcano
1997 Men in Black Alien Son
1997 Wishmaster Creature Stage #1
1997 RocketMan
1998 My Giant Wrestler
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Wee Waiter Billed as "Verne J. Troya"
1998 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Sundae
1998 Mighty Joe Young Baby Joe
1999 Here Lies Lonely Virgil
1999 Instinct Gorilla Performer
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mini-Me
2000 Bit Players Marty Rosenthal
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Band Member
2001 Bubble Boy Dr Phreak
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Griphook Voice by Warwick Davis
Credited as Verne Troyer
2002 Run for the Money Attila
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Mini-Me
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself
2007 Postal Himself
2008 The Love Guru Coach Punch Cherkov
2008 College Himself
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Percy
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Archimedes
2015 Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed: Live in Austin Himself
2015 Gnome Alone The Gnome


Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Let It Die Jackal X [16]


  1. As stated by Troyer during interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 September 2009.
  2. Verne Troyer Biography (1969–) from
  3. Verne Troyer respects the Amish lifestyle, in The Arizona Republic; published January 4, 2010; retrieved May 8, 2014
  4. Verne Troyer: my family values
  5. "vernetroyer comments on I am Verne Troyer, AMA!!!". 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2015-04-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Mini-Me Actor Challenges Model's Marriage".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Sherri L. Shaulis (2008-07-03). "AVN Exclusive: Verne Troyer's Ex Discusses Sex Tape, Relationship, More". AVN. Retrieved 2008-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Isola, Laurie (2008-06-26). "Troyer in Sex Tape Scandal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Verne Troyer And Girlfriend Brittney on Celebrity Wife Swap". DailyENews. Retrieved August 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Mini Me actor Verne Troyer in hospital after alleged incident". Sky News. Retrieved 2018-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Actor Verne Troyer in hospital". BBC News. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Verne Troyer treated for alcoholism". BBC News. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. TV advertisement featuring Verne Troyer from
  16. "CAST|PlayStation®4用サバイバルアクションゲーム — Let It Die". (in Japanese). Retrieved March 17, 2018. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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