- Richest Celebrities › Actors
- Net Worth:
- $150 Thousand
- Date of Birth:
- Jan 1, 1969 - Apr 21, 2018 (49 years old)
- Place of Birth:
- 2 ft 8 in (0.813 m)
- Stunt Performer, Actor, Comedian
- United States of America
What was Verne Troyer's Net Worth and Salary?
Verne Troyer was an American actor and stunt performer who had a net worth of $150,000 at the time of his death in 2018. Troyer is most widely recognized for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" film series. He was also a cast member on "The Surreal Life" in 2005 and played Griphook the Goblin in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." Due to a condition called cartilage–hair hypoplasia, Verne stood 2 feet, 8 inches tall and might be the shortest performer in the history of Hollywood to became a star in such large proportions. His career in show business began in 1994 when he worked as a stunt double for a nine-month-old child in the comedy "Baby's Day Out," and he went on to amass more than 50 acting credits during his lifetime. Thanks to his silent but expressive comedic performance, Verne Troyer won positive reviews from both critics and fans.
Verne Troyer was born Verne Jay Troyer on January 1, 1969, in Sturgis, Michigan. His mother, Susan, worked in a factory, and his father, Reuben, was a repair technician. Verne grew up with younger sister Deborah and older brother Davon, and he told "The Guardian" that he almost didn't make it past infancy, stating, "My parents found me unresponsive in my crib, after being laid low with an infection. As we were Amish, we only had a horse and buggy to get to the hospital, but that wasn't going to be quick enough so we borrowed my aunt's car. My parents were told there was nothing that could be done and Dad whisked me away to another hospital, where I was put in an oxygen tent, and thankfully I recovered." The family left the Amish religion when Troyer was very young, and he said that his parents never treated him any differently than his average-sized siblings and that all three Troyer children had to carry wood and feed the farm animals. Verne enjoyed playing football during his youth, and he attended Centreville High School in Centreville, Michigan, graduating in 1987. In 2003, the school put up a plaque in his honor.
In the early 1990s, Troyer was contacted by a former president of the non-profit organization Little People of America, who was searching for someone to act as a stunt double for the character Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out." Verne later served as a stunt double in the films "Dunston Checks In" (1996), "Jingle All the Way" (1996), "Volcano" (1997), "RocketMan" (1997), and "My Giant" (1998). In 1997, Troyer played an alien in "Men in Black," and he soon appeared in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) and "Mighty Joe Young" (1998). In 1999, he played Mini-Me in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," which grossed $312 million at the box office. Verne reprised his role in Madonna's 1999 music video "Beautiful Stranger" and 2002's "Austin Powers in Goldmember," which was another hit, bringing in $296.7 million worldwide. Troyer reunited with his "Austin Powers" co-star Mike Myers in 2008's "The Love Guru." In the early 2000s, Verne also appeared in the films "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), "Bubble Boy" (2001), and "Pauly Shore Is Dead" (2003) and the TV series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (2002) and "Boston Public" (2003).
In 2009, Troyer competed on "Celebrity Big Brother," coming in fourth place, and appeared in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," which was directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. He then appeared in "Keith Lemon: The Film" (2012), "Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed: Live in Austin" (2015), and "Gnome Alone" (2015), and he guest-hosted "WWE Raw" in 2009. After Verne's tragic death, the short film "The Delivery" (2018), the feature film "Aliens Clowns and Geeks" (2019), and the web series "My 90-Year-Old Roommate" (2018) were posthumously released. Troyer also appeared in several music videos, including "We Are All Made of Stars" by Moby (2002) and "Number One Spot" by Ludacris (2005), and he voiced Jackal X in the 2016 video game "Let It Die."
Verne began a relationship with model/actress Genevieve Gallen in 2002, and they married on January 22, 2004, but the union was annulled soon after. In June 2008, a private sex tape of Troyer and former girlfriend Ranae Shrider was leaked to the public by TMZ and Ranae. Kevin Blatt, who had brokered a deal for Paris Hilton's 2003 sex tape, attempted to sell the Troyer-Shrider video, but Verne and his attorney, Ed McPherson, filed a lawsuit against Blatt, TMZ, and an online rental company called SugarDVD for copyright infringement and invasion of privacy. In May 2015, Troyer appeared on "Celebrity Wife Swap" with girlfriend Brittney Powell and her teenage son, Tyson; Brittney switched places with the wife of former NFL player Hines Ward. In March 2015, Verne was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure at Heart of Texas Comic Con, and he was released a few hours later. In April 2017, Verne revealed that he was seeking treatment for alcoholism, and a year later, he was hospitalized for a "reported poisoning." Troyer was "extremely upset, drunk and suicidal" when authorities arrived at his North Hollywood home, and he was reportedly placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Awards and Nominations
In 2000, Troyer shared an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo with "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" co-star Mike Myers, and the duo also earned nominations for Best Fight and Best Musical Performance ("Just the Two of Us"). Verne won a Walk This Way Award at the 2003 MTV TRL Awards, and he received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy for "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" in 2000.
Death and Estate
Troyer passed away on April 21, 2018, at the age of 49. Initially, no cause was given, but the official death announcement stated, "Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much…Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside." Toxicology tests revealed a "very high" amount of alcohol in Troyer's system, and his death was ruled a suicide a few months later. Verne was cremated, and his ashes were buried in Leonidas Cemetery near his hometown in Michigan. Troyer reportedly left an estate valued at $139,283,16, and he owed $22,224.70 in back taxes to the state of California at the time of his death. His biggest assets included $80,000 in cash, a barely-used Audi S4, and $20,000 worth of celebrity memorabilia.