Verne Troyer (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Verne J. Troyer (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor and stunt performer. Troyer is notable for his height of , 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.
Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben Troyer, a repair technician. He has two siblings, Davon and Deborah. He grew up in Centreville, Michigan and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987.
Troyer 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.
It was announced on March 29, 2013 that Troyer would be the Grand Marshall in the Paris, Tennessee Fish Fry Parade. He has also struggled with several addictions, including cocaine-addiction and alcoholism.
Sex tape scandal
On June 25, 2008, a private home videotape was released which showed Troyer and his former live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider having sex. The video, which had been filmed in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, Shrider's home town, and during the Easter Weekend of 2008 at Raffles L"Ermitage hotel, was leaked to the public by Shrider to TMZ. Kevin Blatt, the man responsible for brokering the deal for the Paris Hilton 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.