Verne Troyer began his acting career in 1993 in John Hughes’ Baby’s Day Out, playing the stunt double of the film’s nine-month-old protagonist. Standing less than three feet tall, Troyer earned his claim to fame as Mini-Me, the smaller imitation sidekick of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) in Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). The hilarious sequel to Austin Powers received critical acclaim as well as success at the box office, in addition to sending Troyer into stardom.
After being brought to the spotlight, Troyer was cast in several major motion pictures, including How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), a Dr. Seuss-based comedy feature starring Jim Carrey, where Troyer played a dual role as two different “Who’s” in Whoville. Troyer also appeared as Dr. Phreak along side Jake Gyllenhall in the romantic comedy Bubble Boy (2001), as the ghoulish character Griphook in the box-office smash hit Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), and in 2002 returned to the role of Mini-Me in Austin Powers: Goldmember alongside Beyoncé. Troyer joined Mike Myers once again on the big screen in the 2008 star-studded comedy The Love Guru.
In 2009 Troyer displayed his dramatic chops in the twice Oscar nominated film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus starring alongside Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law. Troyer was recently in the 2015 BAFTA Cymru award-winning comedy film, Convenience.
Verne is currently featured in a range of original series and topical videos on his official YouTube channel. The videos and images capturing Verne’s whimsical persona have caught the attention of media outlets across the world.
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