On Saturday, April 21, the family of Verne Troyer announced that the Austin Powers actor had died at age 49. Later that day, the actor’s Austin Powers co-star Mike Myers released a statement on Verne Troyer’s death to The Hollywood Reporter.
The statement, first tweeted by THR’s Ryan Parker, read:
Troyer and Myers worked together on the Austin Powers films, where Myers played several roles, including the Dr. Evil to Troyer’s Mini-Me. They also reunited for Myers’ 2008 movie The Love Guru. Troyer’s final role is as a Gnome in the upcoming film Gnome Alone.
Troyer’s family confirmed the actor’s death via his social media accounts on Saturday. Their statement on Instagram read:
Troyer was Myers’ co-star in the 1999 comedy movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember. The movies were the second and third installments in the hilarious franchise, which also starred Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green, Heather Graham, Michael Caine, and Beyoncé.
Troyer played Dr. Evil’s clone, who is identical to him, but is supposedly "one-eighth his size." Upon seeing his clone, Dr. Evil famously declared in the Austin Powers sequel: "Breathtaking. I shall call him… Mini-Me." As Mini-Me, Troyer stole the spotlight and became beloved by audiences — despite the character having little to no dialogue.
In addition to his famous Austin Powers role, Troyer also appeared on-screen as Griphook in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, as well as the films Volcano, Men in Black, My Giant, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Bubble Boy, and many others. He also appeared on several reality TV shows, such as Celebrity Wife Swap, Celebrity Big Brother, and others.
It’s clear that Myers and so many movie fans will miss the beloved actor.
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