Tommy Lister Bio
Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr. was born on June 24, 1958, in Compton, California, USA; his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he is of American nationality. He is an actor and former professional wrestler best known for his role as Deebo in the 1995 comedy-drama film “Friday,” starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, and Nia Long, and following two friends who smoke their drug dealer’s weed and are now trying to figure out how to pay him back $200 – the film won a single award and was nominated for five others.
There are internet rumors that Tommy Lister has retired from acting; however, he is still very active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for seven movies – it was recently announced that he will play Moses in the upcoming horror film “Room and Board,” and will also appear in another horror film “Beautiful Evil.”
What Happened To His Eye?
Tommy has been blind in his right eye since birth due to a disconnected and malformed retina. He grew up believing he was cursed and continued to conceal his eye until he gained confidence and accepted his affliction.
Education And Childhood
Tommy was reared as an only kid in Compton by his construction worker father and cleaning lady mother. He lived in a dangerous neighborhood but avoided becoming a gang member by acting at a local theatre and attending church regularly.
Tommy developed an interest in shot putting while in high school, and after graduating in 1976, he attended Palomar Junior College for a year before transferring to Long Beach City College.
He continued shot putting in college, and after reaching 52 feet (16 meters), he was offered a scholarship from California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Tommy won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II National Shot Putt Championship two years later.
Tommy has appeared in over 210 films and TV shows, and we will discuss some of his most memorable performances in this post.
He rose to prominence in 1985, when he was cast in the supporting role of Jackson in the independent action film “Runaway Train.” The next year, he played Tiny in the action thriller film “Blue City,” which gave him his moniker.
He met and acted alongside Eddie Murphy in the action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop II” in 1987, and some of his subsequent roles included the comedy “The Night Before” starring Keanu Reeves in 1988, the 1989 action movie “No Holds Barred” starring Hulk Hogan, and the comedy “Talkin’ Dirt After Dark” in 1991. He received recognition for his depiction of GR55 in the critically acclaimed military science fiction film “Universal Soldier,” which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Ally Walker and followed two soldiers who died in Vietnam and were resurrected in a military experiment.
Tommy first appeared in the romantic comedy-drama “Don Juan DeMarco” starring Johnny Depp in 1994, and he went on to act in the crime film “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” in 1995, and the romantic comedy “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” with Martin Lawrence in 1996.
Tommy also met Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich after acting in the critically acclaimed 1997 science fiction action film “The Fifth Element,” in which they all starred. He went on to play a prison guard in the slasher film “Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies,” and then in the critically praised spy comedy film “Austin Powers in Goldmember” in 2002.
In 2004, he played Humvee in the horror film “Dracula 3000,” and in 2006, he participated in the drama “El Padrino,” the crime thriller “Never Die Alone,” and the comedy-drama “Who Made the Potato Salad?” Tommy played The Tattooed Prisoner in the superhero film “The Dark Knight,” starring the late Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, in 2008, and No Shame in the comedy “We the Party” in 2012.
Tommy played Finnick in the 2016 3D computer-animated buddy cop comedy picture “Zootopia,” and his most recent film performances were in the horror “Slasher Party,” the action crime film “Night Walk,” and the comedy “I Got the Hook Up 2,” all of which were released in 2019.
TV Series Characters
Tommy’s first significant TV appearance was as Otis in the sitcom “1st & Ten” in 1984, and he went on to guest star as Johnny Mack in three episodes of the mystery courtroom thriller “Matlock” in 1986.
He first appeared as Leroy in the sitcom “Perfect Strangers” in 1987, and then as Tiny in the critically acclaimed comedy series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1990. He appeared in single episodes of several programs, including the sitcom “Step by Step” in 1991, the drama “Renegade” in 1992, and the action crime series “Walker, Texas Ranger” starring Chuck Norris in 1993. Tommy took a 15-year gap from acting after portraying Adam in the sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” in 1997, until being requested to guest feature as Big Mike in the comedy “Mr. Box Office.”
Three of his most recent notable TV series appearances include three episodes of the comedy “On the Court” in which he played King Cain, an episode of the action comedy “Mr. Hollywood” in which he played Knuckles, and the 2015 episodes “3:10” and “Will the Real Dolla…” of the animated adventure musical “Da Jammies,” in which he voiced Big Horace.
Music Video Appearances
Tommy made his debut in a music video in 1992 as The Egyptian Guard in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” and he starred in Sublime’s “Santeria” in 1997.
In 1999, he appeared in Ice Cube’s music video “You Can Do It,” and in 2003, he made a cameo appearance in 50 Cent’s “Many Men.” In 2006, he appeared in Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone’s “Ridin’,” in 2007, in Down AKA Kilo’s “Put your Locs On,” and in Iggy Azalea’s “My World.”
Tommy participated in Falling In Reverse’s “Good Girls, Bad Guys” in 2012, and his most recent music video performances were in Akon’s “So Blue” in 2013, and O. T. Genesis’s “Touchdown (Remix)” in 2014.
Tommy’s wrestling career began in 1989 when he was invited to compete in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after appearing in the film “No Holds Barred.” He was nicknamed “Zeus: The Human Wrecking Machine.” Tommy wrestled in the WWF until the early 1990s when he began participating in the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, as well as in World Championship Wrestling before retiring in the late 1990s.
Tommy tends to keep his concerns private, and he didn’t remark on his love life until he was seen walking with an unknown woman on Los Angeles streets. On January 26, 2003, he married Felicia Forbes, a missionary and pastor in South Africa, but they divorced some years later despite not being legally divorced – the two have a daughter together.
Tommy’s mysterious new girlfriend filmed him when the two were traveling in his car in 2009, and she phoned the cops after he tried to take her phone from her hands – Tommy wasn’t prosecuted because it was clear that he wasn’t abusive towards his girlfriend.
He hasn’t spoken about any other women he may have dated, and as of September 2020, he is still married to Felicia Forbes, even though they don’t live together, and he has one daughter.
Other Interests And Hobbies
Tommy is a born-again Christian with a strong religious background who attends church at least once a week. He has appeared on multiple Christian television shows, and after attempting to commit mortgage fraud and being freed on bail, he remarked, ‘What’s so amazing about God and our government is that you can make a mistake and they will forgive you if you’re simply a good person and doing the right thing.’
Tommy is still physically active, since he goes to the gym four to five times per week, resulting in his muscular body, and he still plays basketball with his friends on occasion. He eats a lot of food every day because he is a huge man. In his spare time, he enjoys going fishing and traveling to countries he hasn’t been to yet.
Tommy’s favorite actors and actresses are Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and some of his favorite films include “The Terminal,” “The Green Mile,” and “Notting Hill.”
Body Structure And Net Worth Of Tommy Lister
Tommy Lister is 62 years old. He is bald with blue eyes, stands 6ft 5ins (1.96m) tall, and weighs roughly 300lbs (136kgs).
His net worth is predicted to be more than $100,000 as of September 2020.