Who really was Verne Troyer?
Born on the 1st of January 1969, Verne Troyer is an American actor who became famous for his small stature, but then for his memorable roles in the movie “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”, and “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.”
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It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
Verne Troyer’s Childhood and Early Life
Troyer was born in Sturgin, Michigan, the son of Susan and Reuben Troyer. His mother was a factory worker, while his father was a repair technician. He also had two siblings, Davon and Deborah.
Troyer’s family was originally Amish, but his family left the community when he was a young boy. He was diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism when he was just a small boy, but he wasn’t fazed by his apparent problem when growing up.
Troyer later attended Centreville High School and matriculated in 1987.
How did Verne Troyer Became Famous?
Troyer’s career started in 1993, working as a stunt double. He worked in the movie “Baby’s Day Out” in 1994, as the baby’s double in the movie, and then was also employed in the movie industry appearing in costumes as an animal – in the movie “Dunston Checks In” in 1996, he appeared dressed as an orang-utan, and in 1998 he dressed as a baby gorilla in the movie “Mighty Joe Young.” He also joined the production of “Men in Black” in 1997, dressed as one of the alien’s son. His early years in the entertainment industry helped establish his career, and also his net worth.
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In 1999 Troyer got a chance to act, and he appeared in the movie “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” alongside Mike Myers; his role as Mini-Me, the sidekick of Dr. Evil became a huge hit among the fans of the movie, and even a doll was created in his likeness because of his character’s popularity. The success of the show and his performance helped elevate his career, and tremendously increased his wealth.
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After this memorable performance, Troyer went on to appear in more movies, mostly as a genuine actor. He was cast in movies including “How the Grinch Stole Chrsitmas”, “Bubble Boy”, and in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” playing the role of Griphook. He also reprised his role as Mini-Me in 2002 when he appeared in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
Other movies that Troyer made in the late 2000’s include “Postal” in 2007, “The Love Guru” in 2008, and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” in 2009. His thriving career in movies also helped greatly in lifting his net worth.
Troyer also spent some time on television, appearing in many shows, including “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Boston Public”, and “The Girl’s Next Door.” He also allowed cameras to follow him when he joined “The Surreal Life”. Some of his most recent appearances include “Celebrity Big Brother” and “Celebrity House Hunting.” His various television appearances have also helped in raising his income.
Verne Troyer’s Net Worth
As of early 2018, based on authoritative sources Verne’s net worth is reported to be over $10 million, largely acquired from his years working in the entertainment industry.
Verne Troyer’s Body Measurements
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Troyer became famous for his small stature – his height is two feet and eight inches, 82cms, making him one of the shortest actors in Hollywood.
Verne Troyer’s Personal Life
In terms of his personal life, Troyer was married to Genevieve Gallen, but it lasted only a month, from 22 January 2004 before being annulled on 23 February. He is now in a partnership with Britney Powell.
In 2015, Troyer got in some controversy when a sex tape of him with his ex-girlfriend Ranae Shrider was leaked. It was actually Shrider who released the tape to TMZ, and Kevin Blatt, a person known for acquiring sex scandals of famous persons, tried to sell the video. Verne decided to sue TMZ later on for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement.