Verne J. Troyer (born January 1, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan) is an American actor and stunt man who has appeared in several movies, mostly in non-speaking roles. He stands 81 centimeters (2 feet, 8 inches) tall, making him the shortest actor in the trade. He is probably most well-known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers.
Troyer grew up in Centreville, Michigan and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987. Today, he gives his name to the Verne Troyer festival, held in his home town of Centreville.
Prior to his stardom, he was employed by Sprint Nextel Corporation at their Texas facility as an inside wiring technician reporting to customer service.
Troyer's most famous role is Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of movies, a character who is supposed to be a miniature clone of Dr. Evil. He also appeared as Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, one of only four non-British actors (the others were Richard Harris, Eleanor Columbus and Zoë Wanamaker). Other notable roles include a part in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and as the small waiter in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He was a series regular on the UPN comedy Shasta McNasty.
Troyer appeared as himself in an Apple Computer television commercial for its 12-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 notebook computers in which he used the larger computer and National Basketball Association star Yao Ming used the smaller one.
He was married to Genevieve Gallen. Troyer filed for annulment on February 23, 2004 on the grounds of "unsound mind" and "fraud", even though he also claims that the couple were never married.
Troyer also appeared on VH1's fourth season of The Surreal Life with Da Brat, Joanie Laurer, Jane Wiedlin, Christopher Knight, Adrianne Curry and Marcus Schenkenberg. Troyer's part on the show received much media attention when he became inebriated and urinated on the carpet.
In 2005 he was featured in the video for the song Number One Spot.
On Christmas Eve 2005, Troyer made an appearance alongside various other Hollywood celebrities on the British sitcom, Avid Merrion's XXXmas Special.
Troyer is a fixture at parties at the Playboy Mansion and often appears in photos with other celebrities and beautiful women in the Playboy party pictures section found at the beginning of the magazine.
- Legend (post-production) (2014) - The Gnome
- The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane (post-production) (2014) - Tito The Terrible
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) - Percy
- The Love Guru (2008) - Coach Punch Cherkov
- Karroll's Christmas (2004) (TV) - Spike
- Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) - Mini Me
- Hard Cash (2002) (as Vern Troyer) - Attila
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) (as Vern Troyer) - Griphook the Goblin
- Bubble Boy (2001) - Dr. Phreak
- Jack of All Trades (2000) TV Series - Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte (2000)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (as Verne J. Troyer) - Band Member
- Bit Players (2000) - Marty Rosenthal
- Mission: Imp (2000) (V) - Ethan Runt
- Shasta McNasty (1999) TV Series - Verne Valentine (1999-2000)
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) - Mini-Me
- Instinct (1999) - Gorilla Performer
- Here Lies Lonely (1999) - Virgil
- Mighty Joe Young (1998) (uncredited) - Baby Joe
- The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly (1998) (V) - Sundae
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (as Verne J. Troya) - Wee Waiter
- My Giant (1998) (uncredited) - Wrestler
- Wishmaster (1997) - Creature Stage #1
- Men in Black (1997) - Alien Son
- Pinocchio's Revenge (1996) - Pinocchio Double
- Saban's Masked Rider (1995) - Ferbus (Suit Actor)