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 house 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 yr. She stated the actor overcame the virus, however he turned sick a few week in the past and not too long ago had bother respiratory.
The reason for loss of life has not been launched, and the coroner’s workplace is investigating.
“He was a delicate big,” Cowan stated. “He had a smile as broad as you can think about. He’s going to be missed 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 start, 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 underneath the title Z-Gangsta.
Nonetheless, Lister’s most notable function got here within the 1995 movie “Friday” and its sequel 5 years later. He portrayed the function of Deebo, a felon who was generally 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 Factor,” “The Darkish Knight” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
“WWE is saddened to study that Tom “Tiny” Lister, generally known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, handed away right now,” the WWE stated in a tweet.
The Compton, California, native was a observe and discipline 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 the US Soccer League.
“One of many nicest bullies we’ve come throughout. RIP Deebo,” the San Francisco 49ers stated on Twitter. Deebo Samuel, a 49ers huge receiver, bought his nickname from Lister’s character.
The loss of life was first reported superstar web site TMZ.
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