Verne Troyer, the star known for his portrayal of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series was reported OK after suffering a seizure this past weekend. The 2-foot-8-inch actor was a favorite of many fans in the Austin Powers movies, The Spy Who Shagged Me and the follow up film, Gold Member where he played the pint-sized clone of actor and comedian Mike Myers’ Doctor Evil, the nemesis of the title character of the movie, also played by the same actor.
Troyer was greeting fans in Waco, Texas at the Heart of Texas Comic Con on Saturday, March 21, when he began to experience trouble breathing and was immediately rushed to the hospital. “He started seizing and spitting up blood,” one fan who happened to be right in front of him reported on his Instagram. When Verne reported on Twitter that he was in fact ok, the fan expressed his relief.
Troyer, who was born in Sturgis, Michigan, is best known for his lovable character, Mini-Me, and has had a very successful career prior to that. Having dreamt of being in show-biz from early on, he received his first Hollywood break in 1993 playing a stunt-double for a 9-month old infant in the film Baby’s Day Out. Following his debut role, he made appearances, portraying animals or small children in various TV Shows and films, including Pinocchio’s Revenge, Men in Black, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Here Lies Lonely, and Instinct, before landing his defining role in the second film of the Austin Powers Franchise, The Spy Who Shagged Me. His character, Mini-Me became his trademark and generated enormous popularity, which he reprised in the last sequel, Gold Member, and afterwards went on to play in other blockbusting films, among them Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Jack of All Trades as Napoleon Bonaparte.
Although Troyer, the Austin Powers star, has had a very successful career, his personal life had not always been so easy. He had an ongoing relationship with six-foot two model and yoga instructor Genevieve Gallen starting in 2002, who after multiple break-ups, wed in 2004 and divorced shortly after. The reasons were unclear on either side, from Verne claiming that the marriage was not valid, to reports that his spouse fell for a biker. There were also reports that Troyer had began drinking heavily due to this.
Despite these setbacks, Troyer continues to maintain a larger than life presence and a positive attitude towards life. “There’s nobody else that can double me,” he once quoted. “Except a doll.” In 2009, he launched his website to keep in touch with his fans and allow them to reach out to him. Following his seizure, tests were performed at the hospital, and a representative of the Austin Powers star confirmed that all was ok. “Everything came back normal,” he reported without further comment.
Verne Troyer also reported his condition shortly after his release. From a hotel, he tweeted out to his fans his appreciation for their support. “Thank you again guys,” he addressed them in a video of himself wearing a hat. “See you tomorrow at @thehotcon.”