Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, ‘Friday’ Actor and Wrestler, Dies at 62


Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who appeared in “Friday” and “The Fifth Factor” and was additionally an expert wrestler, died Thursday, his supervisor Cindy Cowan confirmed.

Cowan stated he was discovered unresponsive in his house in Marina del Rey, Calif. after displaying signs of COVID-19 in latest days. He had been engaged on a movie and needed to cancel taking pictures after falling unwell, Cowan stated.

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“He was a beautiful man with a coronary heart of gold. Everybody beloved him. An actual mild big,” she stated, “We’re all devastated.”

Lister wrestled Hulk Hogan within the World Wrestling Federation after showing as Zeus in 1989’s “No Holds Barred.” He later hung out in World Championship Wrestling, the place he was billed as Z-Gangsta.

The actor, who was blind in his proper eye, performed the neighborhood bully Deebo within the 1995 “Friday” and appeared within the sequel “Subsequent Friday.”

His different appearances embody enjoying a prisoner in “The Darkish Knight,” and the bail agent in “Jackie Brown,” in addition to roles in “The Gamers Membership,” Ice Dice’s directing debut and Mario Van Peeble’s “Posse.” He had a supporting function in “Zootopia” because the voice of the fennec fox, in Adam Sandler’s “Little Nicky” as Nicky’s brother Cassius, and in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” In “The Fifth Factor,” he performed the Galactic President.

Within the pilot of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” he performed Klaang, the primary Klingon to make contact with people. Additionally on tv, he appeared as Mr. Matlock’s bodyguard in “Matlock” and on “Within the Warmth of the Evening.”

Lister appeared in music movies for French Montana, 50 Cent, Chic, Ice Dice, Chamillionaire and Younger Bleed.

The 6 foot 5 inch Lister grew up in Compton, Calif. and gained the nationwide shot put title in faculty, briefly enjoying soccer earlier than deciding to grow to be an actor.

He’s survived a daughter.

— Dave McNary contributed to this report.

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