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Also Known As: Verne J Troya, Verne J Troyer Died:
Born: January 1, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sturgis, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, stunt player, telephone company customer service representative

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At only two feet, eight inches tall, Verne Troyer was one of the smallest performers in Hollywood, but became a star of much larger proportions thanks to a high-profile role in the blockbuster comedy sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" in 1999. Getting his start as a stunt double for a nine-month-old child in the 1994 comedy release "Baby's Day Out," Troyer put his size and talents to use performing stunts in the 1996 comedy "Dunston Checks In." Playing babies, animals and even an alien (in 1997's "Men In Black"), Troyer had an average guy role in the Terry Gilliam feature "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998), playing a waiter. A performance as a gorilla in 1999's "Instinct" wouldn't garner the actor/stuntman much in the way of notice, but his less costumed, scene-stealing turn in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" offered a high-ranking spot in the court of pop culture. His silent but expressive comedic performance won the actor good reviews and fans, while his unforgettable appearance would help to separate him from the pack of actors his age. A recurring role on the sitcom "Shasta McNasty" (UPN 1999-2000) rounded out the actor's year and by the close of 1999, Troyer's frequent...

At only two feet, eight inches tall, Verne Troyer was one of the smallest performers in Hollywood, but became a star of much larger proportions thanks to a high-profile role in the blockbuster comedy sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" in 1999. Getting his start as a stunt double for a nine-month-old child in the 1994 comedy release "Baby's Day Out," Troyer put his size and talents to use performing stunts in the 1996 comedy "Dunston Checks In." Playing babies, animals and even an alien (in 1997's "Men In Black"), Troyer had an average guy role in the Terry Gilliam feature "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998), playing a waiter. A performance as a gorilla in 1999's "Instinct" wouldn't garner the actor/stuntman much in the way of notice, but his less costumed, scene-stealing turn in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" offered a high-ranking spot in the court of pop culture. His silent but expressive comedic performance won the actor good reviews and fans, while his unforgettable appearance would help to separate him from the pack of actors his age. A recurring role on the sitcom "Shasta McNasty" (UPN 1999-2000) rounded out the actor's year and by the close of 1999, Troyer's frequent appearance at Hollywood events marked him as a celebrity more than an actor. Though a proposed "Shasta" spin-off series didn't take off, he reemerged on television with a recurring role on the period/adventure series "Jack of All Trades" (Syndicated 2000) on which he played diminutive despot Napoleon Bonaparte. That same year he hit the big screen with a role in the independent "Bit Players" (2000) and a part as a musically-inclined citizen of Whoville in Ron Howard's live-action adaptation of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000). Troyer next appeared in the unique romantic comedy "Bubble Boy" (2001) and was featured in the highly anticipated adaptation of the popular children's book "Harry Potter and the Scorcerer's Stone" (2001). He then made his debut in a dramatic turn in "Run for the Money" (2002) starring Christian Slater and Val Kilmer, as well as returning to his most famous role in the third and final Austin Powers film, "Goldmember" (2002). He reteamed with Myers in "The Love Guru" (2008) and Gilliam in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009), and became known for appearing in reality TV staples like "The Surreal Life" (WB/VH1 2003-2008) and UK favorite "Celebrity Big Brother 6" (Channel 4 2009). Verne Troyer died on April 21, 2018 in Los Angeles at the age of 48.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Convenience (2015)
4.
 Postal (2008)
5.
 Love Guru, The (2008)
6.
 College (2008)
7.
 Postal (2008)
8.
9.
 Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Mini-Me
10.
 Run For the Money (2002) Attilla
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Milestones close milestones

2001:
Appeared in the skewed romantic comedy "Bubble Boy"
2007:
Featured in Uwe Boll's "Postal"
1998:
Was a stunt player in the comedy "My Giant"
2000:
Played Napoleon Bonaparte in the short-lived syndicated series, "Jack of All Trades"
2008:
Re-teamed with Mike Myers for the comedy "The Love Guru"
2000:
Appeared in Ron Howard's live-action adaptation of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
2005:
Appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality series, "The Surreal Life"
1999:
Cast as a series regular on the UPN comedy "Shasta McNasty"
1998:
Played a waiter in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
2012:
Appeared in comedy dud "Keith Lemon: The Film"
2013:
Appeared in crime comedy "Convenience"
2015:
Played the titular gnome in the horror flick "Gnome Alone"
2009:
Cast as part of a travelling theatre troupe in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
1994:
Made film debut as a stunt player in the comedy-adventure "Baby's Day Out"
2001:
Featured in "Harry Potter and the Scorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Reprised role of Mini-Me in "Austin Powers in Goldmember"
1997:
Appeared in the sci-fi comedy "Men in Black"
1999:
Breakthrough role as Mini-Me, a miniature clone of Dr. Evil, in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1996:
Performed stunts in "Jingle All the Way"
2018:
Appeared in his final screen role as Emperor Beezel-Chugg in "Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks"
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Education

Kellogg Community College: Coldwater, Michigan -
Centreville High School: Centreville, Michigan - 1986

Notes

"Austin Powers" director Jay Roach on Verne Troyer to Los Angeles Times (June 18, 1999): "I wasn't really paying attention to him as closely as I did with Mike [Myers in scenes]. I would give him notes and tell him about the scenes, but it wasn't until the editing room that I saw how amazing he was because whenever I needed a reaction shot ... I would go to Verne because he was doing the funniest, sharpest reactions."

"I've gotten a lot of scripts since the film came out, and they're not comedy roles. They're dramatic, almost leading man-type roles. It's definitely something I've wanted to do, but I didn't know if I'd have the opportunity. Now I do." --Troyer on the doors that opened following the success of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" in Entertainment Weekly, December 24-31, 1999.

Troyer was released from an Los Angeles hospital on September 5, 2002 after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

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companion:
Genevieve Gallen. Yoga instructor. Engaged as of July 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Reuben Troyer. Repairman. Average-sized.
mother:
Susan Troyer. Factory worker. Average-sized.
brother:
Davon Troyer. Born c. 1968; average-sized.

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