Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his recurring role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died Saturday afternoon, TMZ reports.
Troyer, whose diminutive size was caused by achondroplasia dwarfism, hailed from Sturgis, Michigan. He began his career as a stunt man in the 1994 John Hughes–written Baby’s Day Out, in which Troyer did stunts for a toddler. He achieved worldwide fame in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, in which he played “Mini-Me,” a miniature clone of Mike Meyers’ supervillain, Dr. Evil. Meyers and Troyer won that year’s MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for their respective roles.
Troyer returned for the the third Austin Powers film, 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember, and also had a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom Shasta McNasty. But his biggest successes after the Austin Powers series came from playing himself, appearing on a wide range of reality TV shows including The Surreal Life and Celebrity Big Brother. He was 49.