Verne Troyer (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor, stunt actor and comedian. He is notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (0.81 m), the result of cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, 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.

Since 2014, Troyer has appeared as 'The Boss' in adverts for gambling site

Early life

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



1994Baby's Day OutBaby Bink's stunt double
1996Dunston Checks In
1996Jingle All the WayLittle Santa
1996Pinocchio's RevengePinocchio's Miniature Double
1997Men in BlackAlien Son
1997WishmasterCreature Stage #1
1998My GiantWrestler
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasWee WaiterBilled as "Verne J. Troya"
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 StoneGriphookVoice by Warwick Davis
Credited as Vern Troyer
2002Run for the MoneyAttila
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberMini-Me
2003Pauly Shore is DeadHimself
2008The Love GuruCoach Punch Cherkov
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusPercy
2012Keith Lemon: The FilmArchimedes
2015Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed: Live in AustinHimself
2015Gnome AloneThe Gnome