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Verne Troyer

Biography

Small person actor and stuntman who increased to fame for his role as Mini-Me within the Austin Forces franchise. He also made an appearance in Males in Dark and portrayed the Wee Waiter in Dread and Loathing in NEVADA. He was created with cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism. He debuted like a stunt dual to get a nine-month-old baby in John Hughes’ film Baby’s DAY TRIP. He performed a Goblin in Harry Potter. His mom Susan was a manufacturer employee and his dad Reuben was a repairman. He apparently wedded model Genevieve Gallen in Feb of 2004, but submitted for annulment the next day time. He became known for playing Mini-Me in acting professional and article writer Mike Myers’ well-known Austin Forces series.

Quick Facts


Full Name Verne Troyer
Date Of Birth January 1, 1969
Place Of Birth Sturgis, MI
Height 81 cm
Profession Movie Actor
Education Centreville High School, Kellogg Community College
Nationality American
Spouse Genevieve Gallen
Parents Susan Troyer, Reuben Troyer
Siblings Davon Troyer, Deborah Troyer
Awards MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominations MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy
Movies Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Bubble Boy, Men in Black, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Keith Lemon: The Film, Hard Cash, Pinocchio's Revenge, Mighty Joe Young, Wishmaster, Karroll's Christmas, Pauly Shore Is Dead, Gnome Alone, College, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, Convenience, The Adventures Of Uncle Colt And Cletus, The Official Selections, Judge Ice
TV Shows The Surreal Life: Fame Games, The Surreal Life, The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald, Shasta McNasty, Masked Rider, Celebrity Big Brother, Welcome to Sweden
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 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.
2 Participating in Celebrity Big Brother (2001) UK. [January 2009]
3 Acting as a celebrity spokesman in a Geico auto insurance commercial. [September 2006]
4 Housemate on Celebrity Big Brother (2001) (UK). [January 2009]
5 The Celebrity Big Brother (2001) house, Hertfordshire, England. [January 2009]
6 Guest-hosted WWE Raw (1993). [November 2009]
7 Mage(sp) video game/commercial. [December 2007]
8 Has a brief appearance in Moby's "We Are All Made of Stars" video.
9 Verne and his date were voted King and Queen at their high school prom.
10 Verne loves to play video games in his spare time.
11 Verne loves college football. His favorite team is the Michigan Wolverines. He says his second favorite team is "whoever's playing Notre Dame."
12 Verne has to do all of his own stunts because there isn't anyone small enough to fill in!
13 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.
14 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.
15 One of the smallest men in the world


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane announced Tito The Terrible
Let It Die 2016 Video Game Jackal X (voice)
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed 2015 TV Movie Verne Troyer
Convenience 2015/I Dwight
Gnome Alone 2015/II The Gnome
Where's This Party? 2014 TV Series William Tabbot
The Adventures of Uncle Colt and Cletus 2013 Short Genie
Lemon La Vida Loca 2013 TV Series Verne Troyer
Story Cops with Verne Troyer 2013 Short
Keith Lemon: The Film 2012 Archimedes
Cubed 2009 TV Series Verne Troyer
Two and a Half Men 2009 TV Series Circus Midget
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 Percy
College 2008 Verne Troyer
Verne Troyer Sex Tape 2008 Short
The Love Guru 2008 Coach Punch Cherkov
Postal 2007 Verne Troyer
MADtv 2007 TV Series Verne Troyer
Half & Half 2005 TV Series Reggie
Karroll's Christmas 2004 TV Movie Spike
Scrubs 2003 TV Series Small Man at Bar
Boston Public 2003 TV Series Taylor Prentice
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of McDonald-Land Loch 2003 Video short Sundae
Pauly Shore Is Dead 2003 Verne Troyer
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2002 TV Series Angus
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 Mini Me
Hard Cash 2002 Attila
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 Griphook (as Vern Troyer)
Bubble Boy 2001 Dr. Phreak
Freedom 2000 TV Series Cassius
Jack of All Trades 2000 TV Series Napoleon Bonaparte
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 Band Member (as Verne J. Troyer)
Bit Players 2000 Short Marty Rosenthal
Mission: Imp 2000 Video short Ethan Runt
Here Lies Lonely 1999 Virgil
V.I.P. 1999 TV Series Director
Shasta McNasty 1999 TV Series Vern
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space 1999 Video short Sundae
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 Mini-Me (as Verne J. Troyer)
Instinct 1999 Gorilla Performers
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island 1999 Video short Sundae
Mighty Joe Young 1998 Baby Joe
Young Hercules 1998 TV Series Baby Ruff
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly 1998 Video short Sundae
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Wee Waiter (as Verne J. Troya)
My Giant 1998 Wrestler (uncredited)
Wishmaster 1997 Creature Stage #1
Men in Black 1997 Alien Son
Pinocchio's Revenge 1996 Pinocchio

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Giant 1998 utility stunts
RocketMan 1997 stunts
Volcano 1997 stunts
Jingle All the Way 1996 stunts - as Verne J. Troyer
Dunston Checks In 1996 stunts - as Verne J. Troyer
Masked Rider 1995 TV Series stunt double: Paul Pistore
Baby's Day Out 1994 stunts - as Verne J. Troyer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Verne Troyer Sex Tape 2008 Short uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Love Guru 2008 performer: "The Joker"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages 2016 Documentary special thanks
30 for 30 2015 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2016 TV Series Himself
Good Mythical Crew 2016 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Juice 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Wife Swap 2015 TV Series Himself
Tom Green Live 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Through the Keyhole 2014 TV Series Himself
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Legit 2013 TV Series Himself
The Body Shocking Show 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Reporter
The Xtra Factor 2012 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Panel
Loose Women 2012 TV Series Himself
Celebrity House Hunting 2012 TV Series Himself
Peter Andre: My Life 2011 TV Series Himself
Hooters 2011 International Swimsuit Pageant 2011 TV Movie Himself - Judge
The Hooters 2011 Swimsuit Pageant 2011 TV Movie Himself - Judge
Jensen! 2010 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2010 TV Series Himself
Your Top 20 Celebrity Big Brother Moments 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Chelsea Lately 2009 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2009 TV Series Himself
WWE Raw 2009 TV Series Himself
Pride of Britain Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself
Xposé 2009 TV Series Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Big Brother 2009 TV Series Himself
World's Dumbest 2008 TV Series Himself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Ich liebe Kino - Gottschalks Filmkolumne 2008 TV Series Himself
Mike Myers and 'The Love Guru': An Inside Look 2008 Video documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The View 2005-2008 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002-2008 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
2008 MTV Movie Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone 2007 Documentary Himself
Welcome to Sweden 2007 TV Series Himself
The Surreal Life: Fame Games 2007 TV Series Himself - Participant
Bo! in the USA 2006 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Guest
Avid Merrion's XXXmas Special 2005 TV Movie Himself
The Girls Next Door 2005 TV Series Himself / Himself - Actor
The Surreal Life 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern 2005 TV Series Himself
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself
The Teen Choice Awards 2003 2003 TV Special Himself
The World of Austin Powers 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Himself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored 2001 Video documentary Himself
2000 MTV Movie Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
TFI Friday 2000 TV Series Himself
Electric Playground 2000 TV Series documentary
The Challenge 2000 TV Series Wrestling Referee
Behind the Scenes of 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' 1999 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Mini Lorne Michaels (uncredited)
The Teen Choice Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999 TV Series Himself
Havoc 1998 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night 2011 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Himself
WWE: Summerslam 2010 TV Special Himself
WWE Raw 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series Himself
Best of CMT Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Just In with Laura Ingraham 2008 TV Series Coach Punch Cherkov
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
The Surreal Life 2005 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) · Mike Myers

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor The Love Guru (2008)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Performance Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) · Mike Myers
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) · Mike Myers


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#Quote
1 People have a good time with all the catch phrases.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 What I really enjoy the most is seeing what the crowd likes. I enjoy making people laugh.
6 I went to see the film with a regular audience for the first time on Sunday, and was basically swamped.
7 In high school and college all my friends and my brother wrestled.
8 I was just the perfect person to play the Mini-Me character.
9 I think it was a good challenge for me to get my reactions across without being able to speak.
10 I'll be one of the Who's of Whoville.
11 I just take it one day at a time. Austin Powers has given me a lot of opportunities as far as my career.
12 I felt probably more uncomfortable than Beyonce. But I can't answer for her.
13 I still pinch myself that I ended up in Hollywood. And I am still surprised at the fans.
14 I've done approximately 15 films, and most of the things I've done have either been stunt or costume work.
15 I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. In my graduating class, I had like 92 people.
16 L.A. is so fake - girls there are so superficial.
17 Now I get to pick and choose exactly what I want to do.
18 It's hard for me to even watch comedies I'm in.
19 Me being able to beat up Austin Powers? I mean, how great can that be?
20 In the film, I'm not very mobile, like in the space suit.
21 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.
22 I'm a big sports fan. College football is my favorite.
23 There's nobody else that can double me - except for a doll.
24 Doing stunt work is risky, but it's something I enjoy.
25 In Men in Black, it was a very small character, no pun intended.
26 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.
27 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.
28 I love London. I would move here. I like British people; everybody is so down to earth.
29 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.
30 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.
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)

#Trademark
1 Bald head
2 His small height

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