Verne Troyer, the actor whose iconic portrayal as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” trilogy catapulted him to national stardom, died Saturday. He was 49.
The actor had checked himself into a rehab program a year ago to overcome his addiction, the gossip website reported.
His diminutive height landed him the role of Mini-Me, Dr. Evil’s sidekick, in the 1999 film “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and the 2002 flick “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
The actor was slated to appear in the 2018 film “Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks” and “The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane.”
Troyer grew up in Sturgis, Mich., and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987. He was briefly married to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen in 2004.