• Verne Troyer was an American actor born in 1969
• He became famous for his small stature and memorable roles in films such as "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", and "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone"
• He started his career in 1993, working as a stunt double
• His net worth was reported to be over $10 million as of 2018
• His height was two feet and eight inches, 82cms, making him one of the shortest actors in Hollywood

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Short Info

Net Worth$10 million dollars
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
SpouseGenevieve Gallen
MarkHis small height
FactParticipating in Celebrity Big Brother (2001) UK. [January 2009]

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

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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.

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.

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

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.

General Info

Full NameVerne Troyer
Net Worth$10 million dollars
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
Height81 cm
ProfessionYouTuber, Comedian, Stunt Performer
EducationCentreville High School, Kellogg Community College


SpouseGenevieve Gallen
ParentsSusan Troyer, Reuben Troyer
SiblingsDavon Troyer, Deborah Troyer


AwardsMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Fight, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy
MoviesHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bubble Boy, Men in Black, Keith Lemon: The Film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mighty Joe You...
TV ShowsThe Surreal Life: Fame Games, The Surreal Life, Shasta McNasty, Masked Rider, Celebrity Big Brother

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#Marks / Signs
1Bald head
2His small height


1People have a good time with all the catch phrases.
2I 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.
3If 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.
4There'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.
5What I really enjoy the most is seeing what the crowd likes. I enjoy making people laugh.
6I went to see the film with a regular audience for the first time on Sunday, and was basically swamped.
7In high school and college all my friends and my brother wrestled.
8I was just the perfect person to play the Mini-Me character.
9I think it was a good challenge for me to get my reactions across without being able to speak.
10I'll be one of the Who's of Whoville.
11I just take it one day at a time. Austin Powers has given me a lot of opportunities as far as my career.
12I felt probably more uncomfortable than Beyonce. But I can't answer for her.
13I still pinch myself that I ended up in Hollywood. And I am still surprised at the fans.
14I've done approximately 15 films, and most of the things I've done have either been stunt or costume work.
15I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. In my graduating class, I had like 92 people.
16L.A. is so fake - girls there are so superficial.
17Now I get to pick and choose exactly what I want to do.
18It's hard for me to even watch comedies I'm in.
19Me being able to beat up Austin Powers? I mean, how great can that be?
20In the film, I'm not very mobile, like in the space suit.
21The 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.
22I'm a big sports fan. College football is my favorite.
23There's nobody else that can double me - except for a doll.
24Doing stunt work is risky, but it's something I enjoy.
25In Men in Black, it was a very small character, no pun intended.
26I 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.
27I 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.
28I love London. I would move here. I like British people; everybody is so down to earth.
29I 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.
30We 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.
31Between 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)


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




The 420 Movie: Mary & JaneannouncedTito The Terrible
Let It Die2016Video GameJackal X (voice)
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed2015TV MovieVerne Troyer
Gnome Alone2015/IIThe Gnome
Where's This Party?2014TV SeriesWilliam Tabbot
The Adventures of Uncle Colt and Cletus2013ShortGenie
Lemon La Vida Loca2013TV SeriesVerne Troyer
Story Cops with Verne Troyer2013Short
Keith Lemon: The Film2012Archimedes
Cubed2009TV SeriesVerne Troyer
Two and a Half Men2009TV SeriesCircus Midget
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus2009Percy
College2008Verne Troyer
Verne Troyer Sex Tape2008Short
The Love Guru2008Coach Punch Cherkov
Postal2007Verne Troyer
MADtv2007TV SeriesVerne Troyer
Half & Half2005TV SeriesReggie
Karroll's Christmas2004TV MovieSpike
Scrubs2003TV SeriesSmall Man at Bar
Boston Public2003TV SeriesTaylor Prentice
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of McDonald-Land Loch2003Video shortSundae
Pauly Shore Is Dead2003Verne Troyer
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2002TV SeriesAngus
Austin Powers in Goldmember2002Mini Me
Hard Cash2002Attila
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Griphook (as Vern Troyer)
Bubble Boy2001Dr. Phreak
Freedom2000TV SeriesCassius
Jack of All Trades2000TV SeriesNapoleon Bonaparte
How the Grinch Stole Christmas2000Band Member (as Verne J. Troyer)
Bit Players2000ShortMarty Rosenthal
Mission: Imp2000Video shortEthan Runt
Here Lies Lonely1999Virgil
V.I.P.1999TV SeriesDirector
Shasta McNasty1999TV SeriesVern
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space1999Video shortSundae
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me1999Mini-Me (as Verne J. Troyer)
Instinct1999Gorilla Performers
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island1999Video shortSundae
Mighty Joe Young1998Baby Joe
Young Hercules1998TV SeriesBaby Ruff
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly1998Video shortSundae
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998Wee Waiter (as Verne J. Troya)
My Giant1998Wrestler (uncredited)
Wishmaster1997Creature Stage #1
Men in Black1997Alien Son
Pinocchio's Revenge1996Pinocchio


My Giant1998utility stunts
Jingle All the Way1996stunts - as Verne J. Troyer
Dunston Checks In1996stunts - as Verne J. Troyer
Masked Rider1995TV Series stunt double: Paul Pistore
Baby's Day Out1994stunts - as Verne J. Troyer


Verne Troyer Sex Tape2008Short uncredited


The Love Guru2008performer: "The Joker"


COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages2016Documentary special thanks
30 for 302015TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode


Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Mythical Crew2016TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Juice2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Wife Swap2015TV SeriesHimself
Tom Green Live2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Through the Keyhole2014TV SeriesHimself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Legit2013TV SeriesHimself
The Body Shocking Show2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Reporter
The Xtra Factor2012TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Panel
Loose Women2012TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity House Hunting2012TV SeriesHimself
Peter Andre: My Life2011TV SeriesHimself
Hooters 2011 International Swimsuit Pageant2011TV MovieHimself - Judge
The Hooters 2011 Swimsuit Pageant2011TV MovieHimself - Judge
Jensen!2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
Your Top 20 Celebrity Big Brother Moments2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chelsea Lately2009TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2009TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2009TV SeriesHimself
Pride of Britain Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2009TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Big Brother2009TV SeriesHimself
World's Dumbest2008TV SeriesHimself
The Podge and Rodge Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Ich liebe Kino - Gottschalks Filmkolumne2008TV SeriesHimself
Mike Myers and 'The Love Guru': An Inside Look2008Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The View2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2002-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
2008 MTV Movie Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone2007DocumentaryHimself
Welcome to Sweden2007TV SeriesHimself
The Surreal Life: Fame Games2007TV SeriesHimself - Participant
Bo! in the USA2006TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
Avid Merrion's XXXmas Special2005TV MovieHimself
The Girls Next Door2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
The Surreal Life2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern2005TV SeriesHimself
The Teen Choice Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
The Teen Choice Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself
The World of Austin Powers2002Video documentary shortHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '022002TV Special documentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHimself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored2001Video documentaryHimself
2000 MTV Movie Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
TFI Friday2000TV SeriesHimself
Electric Playground2000TV Series documentary
The Challenge2000TV SeriesWrestling Referee
Behind the Scenes of 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'1999Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 251999TV Special documentaryMini Lorne Michaels (uncredited)
The Teen Choice Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999TV SeriesHimself
Havoc1998TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night2011TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011TV SeriesHimself
WWE: Summerslam2010TV SpecialHimself
WWE Raw2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
Best of CMT Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Just In with Laura Ingraham2008TV SeriesCoach Punch Cherkov
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
The Surreal Life2005TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2000MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Nominated Awards

2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Love Guru (2008)
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - ComedyAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
2000MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical PerformanceAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
2000MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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