Actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Who Starred In 'Friday' And 'The Fifth Element,' Dead At 62
Written by Black Voices on December 11, 2020
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy “Tiny” Lister, a former skilled wrestler who was recognized for his bullying Deebo character within the “Friday” movies, has died. He was 62.
Lister’s supervisor, Cindy Cowan, stated he was discovered unconscious in his dwelling in Marina Del Rey, California, on Thursday afternoon. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
Cowan stated Lister was recognized with COVID-19 earlier this 12 months. She stated the actor overcame the virus, however he turned sick a few week in the past and not too long ago had hassle respiration.
The reason for demise has not been launched, and the coroner’s workplace is investigating.
“He was a mild big,” Cowan stated. “He had a smile as broad as you can think about. He’s going to be missed by so many. We’re all devastated.”
Lister began his profession as a professional wrestler, standing 6-foot-5 with broad shoulders at about 275 kilos. His early roles included HBO soccer collection “1st & Ten” together with film appearances in “Beverly Hills Cop II,” which starred Eddie Murphy, and “No Holds Barred,” the 1989 movie the place his character Zeus challenged Hulk Hogan in a wrestling match.
The actor, who was blind in his proper eye since delivery, wrestled Hogan within the World Wrestling Federation in an precise match after the “No Holds Barred” movie launch. He additionally had a brief stint within the World Championship Wrestling below the identify Z-Gangsta.
Nevertheless, Lister’s most notable position got here within the 1995 movie “Friday” and its sequel 5 years later. He portrayed the position of Deebo, a felon who was often known as the neighborhood bully who terrorized his neighbors with intimidation and concern. His character was recognized for his notorious line “Get knocked out like your father used to.”
Lister additionally appeared in “The Fifth Aspect,” “The Darkish Knight” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
“WWE is saddened to study that Tom “Tiny” Lister, often known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, handed away at the moment,” the WWE stated in a tweet.
The Compton, California, native was a monitor and subject star who turned the 1982 NCAA Division II shotput champion whereas he attended Cal State College Los Angeles. He briefly performed soccer with the New Orleans Breakers of america Soccer League.
“One of many nicest bullies we’ve come throughout. RIP Deebo,” the San Francisco 49ers stated on Twitter. Deebo Samuel, a 49ers vast receiver, obtained his nickname from Lister’s character.
The demise was first reported by superstar web site TMZ.
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