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Verne J. Troyer (born January 1, 1969), also known as Mini-V, is an American actor, stunt performer, writer, and comedian, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series. Troyer is also notable for his height of 2 ft 8 in (0.81 m), the result of cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, making him one of the shortest men in the world. Troyer was born Verne J. Troyer in Sturgis, Michigan on January 1, 1969. 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 high school in 1987. He now resides in Hollywood, California. 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. On June 25, 2008, a private home videotape was released which showed Troyer and his former live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider having sex.