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Mini-Me dead at 49.

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Old 04-21-2018, 04:16 PM
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He lived a short life.


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Old 04-21-2018, 04:25 PM
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Finally, he stopped humping the laser.
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Old 04-21-2018, 04:34 PM
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Old 04-21-2018, 04:37 PM
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So sorry. Maybe he had no reason to live.
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Old 04-21-2018, 04:40 PM
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Sounds like suicide.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:07 PM
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Sounds like suicide.
I suspect alcoholism.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:21 PM
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People with extreme forms of dwarfism, like his for instance, do have a shortened life expectancy, and sadly, suicide is not uncommon.

RIP.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:22 PM
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Hervé Villechaize and David Rappaport come to mind.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:29 PM
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Ray: A lot of midgets tend to kill themselves. A disproportionate amount, actually. Hervé Villechaize off of Fantasy Island. I think somebody from the Time Bandits did. I suppose they must get really sad about like... being really little and that... people looking at them, laughing at them, calling them names. You know, "short arse". There's another famous midget. I miss him but I can't remember. It's not the R2D2 man; no, he's still going. I hope your midget doesn't kill himself. Your dream sequence will be fucked.

Chloë: He doesn't like being called a midget. He prefers dwarf.

Ray: This is exactly my point! People going around calling you a midget when you want to be called a dwarf. Of course you're going to blow your head off.
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I suspect alcoholism.
I knew he struggled. He was blasted on some celebrity reality show years ago. Peeing in the corner of the house and so forth.

I feel for him, it's not easy out there for anyone.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:16 PM
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"He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh."

There aren't many great silent clowns of the Talkie Era. Harpo Marx, of course, and maybe Kevin Smith as Silent Bob. But his Mimi-Me was one of them.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:17 PM
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People with extreme forms of dwarfism, like his for instance, do have a shortened life expectancy, and sadly, suicide is not uncommon.

RIP.
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Hervé Villechaize and David Rappaport come to mind.
I thought I'd heard the same about Michael Dunn. He died at 38, but Wikipedia says it was due to a respiratory condition owing to a distorted ribcage.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:27 PM
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Too bad. I enjoyed Mini-Me ... on the whole.

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I roared with laughter all through the Austin Powers movies, in large part due to him. That was a big part of my childhood. I was 11 when the first one came out, and I have many childhood memories of seeing those movies with my friends, quoting them incessantly, and howling with laughter at the more ridiculous antics which often involved Mini-Me. That fucking scene with the shadow behind the curtain and the arm holding out the apple...we were on the floor with those gags. And the part where he sang "you and I" in Just The Two Of Us killed me also.

The guy definitely had great screen presence. I really doubt that just any "little guy" could have pulled it off, I think most of it was down to Troyer's acting abilities.
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I thought I'd heard the same about Michael Dunn. He died at 38, but Wikipedia says it was due to a respiratory condition owing to a distorted ribcage.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dunn_(actor))

I had never heard of him! He had quite a life - and was intellectually brilliant too. He proved to his teachers, etc. that people with physical disabilities are not necessarily mentally disabled.

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Old 04-21-2018, 11:51 PM
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I had never heard of him!


Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren? Ship Of Fools? The Wild Wild West?
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:52 AM
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Doctor Loveless, I presume.
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:57 AM
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Perhaps it was due to a short illness.
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...I feel for him, it's not easy out there for anyone.
So true. You made me regret my cheap-shot short joke in post 2.

RIP, Verne.


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Doctor Loveless, I presume.
Yep.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:19 AM
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sadly, suicide is not uncommon.
As far as I've read, suicide has not been confirmed. It can be inferred, but how sure are people who knew him that he croaked himself?
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Jerry Maren is still alive. He was one of the Singer midgets who appeared in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. He was a member of the Lollipop Guild.

But, yeah, tough to hear about Mr. Troyer.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:29 AM
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I always liked his Apple commercial.

The laptop is wider than he is!
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I hope he's flying up to heaven in a rocket shaped like a giant........


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I’m sad about this. A close friend of mine worked with him and described him as generous and open. Not “Hollywood”. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t find what he needed to be happy. Rest in peace.
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It's sad that fame and money couldn't give Verne the peace of mind that he needed. He seemed very troubled and unhappy.

Verne is one of so many diminutive actors that are never quite happy with their lot in life. Gary Coleman and Herve Villechaize being the most well known examples.

RIP Verne

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I heard Michael Dunn sing on TV once and I was surprised at the power of his voice. Especially because of the restrictions his size and shape imposed.

I see reruns of The Wild, Wild West and anlways enjoy it when Dr. Loveless is on.

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Poor guy. I heard he saw his doctor recently, but all the doc said was he had to be a little patient.

RIP, Verne.
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Poor guy. I heard he saw his doctor recently, but all the doc said was he had to be a little patient.
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His performance in Terry Gilliam's troubled 2009 movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus should be mentioned---it was an honorable attempt at a career in dramatic acting. The death of Heath Ledger famously led to the movie being reworked and cobbled together with the help of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law. But who knows how the re-shuffling of the original premise affected the chance Troyer might have had to move into serious roles.
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It's too bad.

In addition to the usual Hollywood crap that has led more than one (physically) normal person to alcoholism, addiction, self-destructive acts, and suicide, the dwarfs are also battling prejudice, limited opportunities AND all too often physical pain either directly from their medical condition or as a result of the wear and tear of living in a (to them) outsized world.
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I was not particularly a fan of Mr. Troyer’s, though I find his plight sad. As others have noted, life is especially challenging for little people.

Nevertheless, in this thread full of lamentations and cruel ironies, I would like to cite Angelo Rossitto as something of an exception. In a career longer and (at times) higher profile than the better known Billy Barty or Billy Curtis, Mr. Rossitto carved a memorable (cult) niche for himself; and to the extent he “struggled” in life, it appears it was not much different than any other working actor - i.e., how to make a living – or any other human, i.e., dealing with age-related health issues.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0744441/?ref_=nv_sr_1

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ange...itto-1.1053993
----Note that in the fourth paragraph of the above article, it mistakenly references Michael Dunn as having ended his own life.
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Suicide may not be confirmed, but he was admitted to a hospital over a suicide attempt not too long ago, IIRC. So I immediately assumed suicide this time.
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I have no idea about possible suicide, but he was always drinking and wasted on The Surreal Life reality show he was a housemate on.
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Here is an article from a person with dwarfism, who says that portrayals of characters like Mini-Me has been deeply damaging and upsetting, for the same reasons as the problem of Apu as to South Asians.
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