• Thomas 'Tiny' Lister Jr. is an American actor and former professional wrestler
• He is best known for his portrayal of Deebo in the comedy drama movie “Friday” in 1995
• He is blind in his right eye since birth
• He is still very active in the film industry, with 7 movies currently in production
• He is currently 62 years old with a net worth estimated at over $100,000

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$100 thousand, $100 thousand
Date Of BirthJune 24, 1958, June 24, 1958
SpouseFelicia Forbes, Felicia Forbes
MarkDeep resonant voice
FactCareer got started by actor/ director Jimmy Bridges (older brother of actor Todd Bridges) when Jimmy introduced Tiny to his father, Jim Bridges, who was a talent agent in Hollywood after which Tiny worked in 3 movies his first year in the business.

Who is Tommy Lister and what is he doing now?

Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr. was born in Compton, California USA, on 24 June 1958 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a former professional wrestler, probably still best known for his portrayal of Deebo in the comedy drama movie “Friday” in 1995, starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker and Nia Long, and which follows 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 rumors circulating the internet that Tommy has retired from acting, however, he is still very active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for seven movies – it’s recently been announced that he will play Moses in the upcoming horror movie “Room and Board”, and will appear in another horror film “Beautiful Evil”.

What happened to his eye?

Tommy has been blind in his right eye since he was born, as his retina was detached and deformed. He grew up believing he was cursed, and kept covering the eye before he became more confident and accepted his condition.

Childhood and education

Tommy was raised an only child in Compton by his father who was a construction worker, and his mother who was a cleaning lady. He lived in a rough neighborhood, but avoided becoming a gang member by practicing acting at a local theatre, and going to church quite often.

Tommy became interested in shot putting while attending high school, and after matriculation in 1976, he enrolled at Palomar Junior College where he spent a year before moving to Long Beach City College.

He continued shot putting at college and after hitting 52ft (16m), he was awarded a scholarship from California State University at Los Angeles, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Two years later, Tommy won The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II National Shot Putt Championship.

Roles in movies

Tommy has been credited with appearing in over 210 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.

He gained recognition in 1985, when cast to play the supporting character Jackson in the independent action thriller “Runaway Train”. The following year he starred as Tiny in the action thriller movie “Blue City”, which is how he got his nickname.

He had an opportunity to meet and act alongside Eddie Murphy in the action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop II” in 1987, while a few of his following roles were in the comedy movie “The Night Before” which starred Keanu Reeves in 1988, the 1989 action movie “No Holds Barred” which starred Hulk Hogan,  and the comedy “Talkin’ Dirt After Dark” in 1991. He was praised for his portrayal of GR55 in the critically acclaimed military science fiction movie “Universal Soldier”, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Ally Walker, and which follows two soldiers who died in Vietnam and have been brought back to life in a military experiment.

The year 1994 saw Tommy appear as Rocco Compton in the romantic comedy drama “Don Juan DeMarco” which starred Johnny Depp, and he went on to appear in the crime movie “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” in 1995, and the romantic comedy “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” which starred Martin Lawrence in 1996.

Tommy also had a chance to meet Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich, after appearing in the critically acclaimed 1997 science fiction action movie “The Fifth Element”, which starred them all. He went on to play a prison guard in the slasher movie “Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies”, and then in 2002 he appeared in the critically acclaimed spy comedy movie “Austin Powers in Goldmember”.

Tommy Lister

The year 2004 saw him portray Humvee in the horror film “Dracula 3000”, and he then appeared in the drama “El Padrino”, the crime thriller “Never Die Alone” and the comedy drama “Who Made the Potatoe Salad?” in 2006. In 2008, Tommy played The Tattooed Prisoner in the superhero movie “The Dark Knight”, which starred the late Heath Ledger with Christian Bale, and in 2012, he was No Shame in the comedy “We the Party”.

Tommy voiced Finnick in the 3D computer-animated buddy cop comedy movie “Zootopia” in 2016, and three of his most recent roles in movies have been in the horror “Slasher Party”, the action crime film “Night Walk” and the comedy “I Got the Hook Up 2”, all released in 2019.

Roles in TV series

One of Tommy’s first notable performances in a TV series was in 1984, when he played Otis in the sitcom “1st & Ten”, and he went on to guest star as Johnny Mack in three episodes of the mystery legal drama “Matlock” in 1986.

He played Leroy in the sitcom “Perfect Strangers” in 1987 and was then invited to guest star as Tiny in the critically acclaimed comedy series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1990. He appeared in single episodes of many series, such as the sitcom “Step by Step” in 1991, the drama “Renegade” in 1992, and in 1993 the action crime series “Walker, Texas Ranger” which starred Chuck Norris. After his portrayal of Adam in the sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” in 1997, Tommy took a 15-year break from appearing in series, before he was invited to guest star as Big Mike in the comedy “Mr. Box Office”.

Three of his most recent notable performances in TV series have been in three episodes of the comedy “On the Court” playing King Cain, an episode of the action comedy “Mr. Hollywood” as 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.

Appearances in music videos

Tommy made his debut music video appearance in 1992, as The Egyptian Guard in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”, and in 1997 he appeared in Sublime’s “Santeria”.

The year 1999 saw him star in Ice Cube’s music video “You Can Do It”, and he made a cameo appearance in 50 Cent’s “Many Men” in 2003. A few of his following appearances were in Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone’s “Ridin’” in 2006, Down AKA Kilo’s “Put your Locs On” in 2007, and Iggy Azalea’s “My World” in 2011.

In 2012, Tommy appeared in Falling In Reverse’s “Good Girls, Bad Guys”, and two of his latest appearances in music videos have been in Akon’s “So Blue” in 2013, and O. T. Genasis’ “Touchdown (Remix)” in 2014.

Wrestling career

Tommy’s wrestling career was launched in 1989 – after he starred in the movie “No Holds Barred”, he was invited to compete in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and was nicknamed ‘Zeus: The Human Wrecking Machine’. Tommy fought in WWF until the beginning of the 1990s, when he began competing in World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, while he also in World Championship Wrestling before retiring from wrestling in the late ‘90s.

Love life and wife

Tommy prefers to keep his personal matters to himself, and he didn’t comment on his love life until he was noticed walking with a mysterious woman in the streets of Los Angeles. On 26 January 2003, he married that woman, Felicia Forbes who is working in South Africa as a missionary and minister, but they split several years later although haven’t officially divorced – the two have a daughter together.

In 2009, Tommy’s mysterious new girlfriend filmed him while the two were driving in his car, and she called the police after he tried to remove her phone from her hands – Tommy wasn’t arrested, as it was obvious that he wasn’t violent towards his girlfriend.

He hasn’t talked about any other women he might have been with, and as of September 2020, he is still married to Felicia Forbes although they aren’t living together, and he has one daughter.

Hobbies and other interests

Tommy is a born-again Christian and a highly religious person who goes to church at least once a week. He has appeared in several Christian TV shows, and after he tried to commit mortgage fraud and was released on bail, he stated ‘What’s so cool about God and our government is that you can make a mistake and they will forgive you if you are just a good person and doing right’.

Tommy is still physically very active, as he has four to five training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body, and even today, he occasionally plays basketball with his friends. Because he is a very big man, he eats a lot of food every day. Two of his favorite things to do in his spare time are to go fishing, or travelling to a country he hasn’t yet been to.

Tommy has his own favorite actor and actress who are Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and a few of his favorite movies are “The Terminal”, “The Green Mile” and “Notting Hill”.

Age, height and net worth

Tommy’s age is 62. He is bald and his eyes are blue, his height is 6ft 5ins (1.96m) and he weighs around 300lbs (136kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $100,000.

General Info

Full NameTommy Lister
Net Worth$100 thousand, $100 thousand
Date Of BirthJune 24, 1958, June 24, 1958
Height1.96 m, 1.96 m
Weight140.6 kg140.6 kg
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Basketball player, Professional Wrestler, Personal trainer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Basketball player, Professional Wrestler, Personal trainer
EducationCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseFelicia Forbes, Felicia Forbes


MoviesFriday, Next Friday, No Holds Barred, The Fifth Element, Zootopia, Little Nicky, Jackie Brown, The Dark Knight, Austin Powers in Goldmember, One Night with the King, Posse, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), Super Capers, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Wash, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, ...
TV ShowsSaturday Night's Main Event, Da Jammies, Saturday Night's Main Event, Da Jammies

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#Marks / Signs
1Shaved head
2Deep resonant voice
3Due to his imposing stature, he often plays thugs or brutes of a violent nature


1I'm in 'Madagascar 2.' I'm Testy the Lion. The franchise moves to Africa, and Bernie Mac is also in the film. I loved working for Dreamworks on that film.
2A lot of times, you try and please your biological family, and you can't please them.
3What's so cool about God and our government is that you can make a mistake, and they will forgive you if you just a good person and doing right.
4Chris Nolan is an amazing director.
5I'm a big comic book person. I love Captain America. I like John Henry. I'm hoping to play one of the superhero characters that's coming from Marvel.
6Vince McMahon was a great negotiator.
7I love the shot put because you win or lose by yourself. Either I get exposed, or I dominate. I always dominated because I trained to dominate.


1Listed #500 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 wrestlers in the world in 1991.
2A movie buff, he enjoys the films of Frank Capra and Burt Lancaster, and has even been a guest host on TCM's "The Essentials".
3Was the 1982 Division II Shot Put Champion while attending Cal State University Los Angeles.
4He has commonly been listed as 6' 7", especially back in his wrestling days, but is actually about 6' 5".
5Is blind in his right eye.
6Played Klaang in the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Klang was the first Klingon (even though it was in a prequel) that Starfleet ever encountered.
7During his brief stint in the World Wrestling Federation in 1989, Lister was promoted as frustrated with being billed below Hulk Hogan in that year's No Holds Barred (1989), and thus wanting to get his revenge in a real-life wrestling confrontation (in the movie, Hogan's character defeats Zeus at the end). The "feud" parlayed into a series of tag-team matches, pitting Lister -- who wrestled as his movie character Zeus -- and his partners (usually Randy Savage [aka "Macho Man"] and Ted DiBiase [aka "Million Dollar Man"]) vs. Hogan and Ed Leslie (aka "Brutus Beefcake"); when not wrestling, he sometimes came down as a menacing second for either DiBiase or Savage in their matches against Hogan or Beefcake, interfering at every opportunity. During his WWF matches, Zeus "no sold" his opponents' wrestling moves (that is, pretended like an opponent's moves didn't hurt the wrestler in the least) to generate fan heat and create the impression Zeus was invincible. His in-ring finisher was the neck-wrencher, which he ostensibly used to "break" opponents' necks and set them up for an easy pin fall loss. Lister's wrestling career only lasted for about six months.
8Weighed 300 lbs at the time of Universal Soldier (1992).
9He also had a brief stint in WCW World Championship Wrestling. He was known as Z-Gangsta.
10Career got started by actor/ director Jimmy Bridges (older brother of actor Todd Bridges) when Jimmy introduced Tiny to his father, Jim Bridges, who was a talent agent in Hollywood after which Tiny worked in 3 movies his first year in the business.




The Fifth Element1997President Lindberg (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Below Utopia1997Tiny (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister)
L.A. Heat1997TV SeriesA.K.
Sparks1997TV SeriesLarry
Killer per caso1997Mobster #2 (as Tiny Lister)
The Jamie Foxx Show1997TV SeriesAdam - Groom
In the House1997TV SeriesMono
Malcolm & Eddie1997TV SeriesZeus
Moesha1996TV SeriesSecurity Guard #2
Street Corner Justice1996Angel Aikens (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
White Cargo1996Zeno
Phat Beach1996Tiny (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr.)
Barb Wire1996Bouncer (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate1996Tyrone (as Tiny Lister)
WCW Uncensored1996TV MovieZ-Gangsta
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesBob
The Kangaroo1995Sadran
Martin1995TV SeriesApollo
The Set Up1995Leon (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
The Parent 'Hood1995TV SeriesLeroy Moland
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead1995House (as Tiny Lister Jr.)
Step by Step1995TV SeriesSecurity Guard
Friday1995Deebo (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr.)
Hologram Man1995VideoEightball
ER1995TV SeriesPatient
Don Juan DeMarco1994Rocco Compton (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Men of War1994Blades (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
Immortal Combat1994Yanagi (as Tiny Lister)
In the Heat of the Night1993TV SeriesTommy 'T.K.' Kendricks
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV SeriesHicks
Renegade1993TV SeriesMarvin Montgomery
The Meteor Man1993Digit (as Tiny Lister)
Posse1993Obobo (as Tiny Lister)
Trespass1992Cletus (as Tiny Lister)
The Boys1992TV MovieBodybuilder (uncredited)
Universal Soldier1992GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Talkin' Dirty After Dark1991Bigg
Driving Me Crazy1991Cubey (as Tiny Lister Jr.)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1991TV SeriesTiny
9 1/2 Ninjas!1991Cutter (as Tiny Lister)
Secret Agent OO Soul1990as Tiny Lister
Chameleons1989TV MovieLuther
No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie1989TV MovieZeus
WWF Superstars1989TV SeriesZeus
Matlock1986-1989TV SeriesTiny / Johnny Mack
Saturday Night's Main Event1989TV SeriesZeus
Think Big1989'Z'
WWF Challenge1989TV SeriesZeus
Homer and Eddie1989Man in Bar with Gun
Midnight1989Security Guard (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV Series
No Holds Barred1989Zeus (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hard Time on Planet Earth1989TV SeriesJohn Henry
The Night Before1988Bartender (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister)
Glory Years1987TV Movie
Prison1987Tiny (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Beverly Hills Cop II1987Orvis (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Extreme Prejudice1987Monday (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Perfect Strangers1987TV SeriesLeroy
Warm Hearts, Cold Feet1987TV MovieMack 'Truck' Jones
1st & Ten: The Championship1984-1987TV SeriesOtis
Wired to Kill1986Sleet (as Tommy Lister Jr. 'Tiny')
Armed and Dangerous1986Bruno
Blue City1986Tiny (as Tommy Lister Jr.)
8 Million Ways to Die1986Nose Guard (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Runaway Train1985Black Guard (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister)
Webster1984TV SeriesFootball Player
Beautiful Evilannounced
Night Walkpost-productionAyman
Popcorn Ceilingpost-productionBubba
Room and BoardannouncedMoses
The Body Sculptorpost-productionDonovan Ray Cooke
The TempestTV Movie post-productionMonster
The Whole World at Our Feet2016Tom (as Tommy Lister)
Of Sentimental Value2016Tee
Beyond the Game2016/II
Zootopia2016Finnick, AKA Little Toot Toot (voice, as Tiny Lister)
Woman Scorned2016ShortBrandon
Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleece2016Superfly
Busy Day2015ShortJohnny Burns
No Weapon Formed Against Us2015Jackson Hines
If I Tell You I Have to Kill You2015Gabriel
Death's Door2015Jomo
Mr. Hollywood2015TV SeriesKnuckles
On the Court2015TV SeriesKing Cain
Tamales and Gumbo2015Uncle Mark
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)2015Inmate 178
The Amazing Wizard of Paws2015VideoDiner Manager
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesMajor Aikens
American Justice2015Justice
Da Jammies2015TV SeriesBig Horace / Robot / Dolla & Da Jammies
Vultures in the Void2014ShortSpace Clown
Johnny Dynamo2014TV Series shortMo Lotto
Taylor'd Problems2014TV SeriesBig T
The Boondocks2014TV SeriesFilbert Slowlove
Engage the Vision2014ShortDeebo
Hollywood Today2014TV Series
The Accidental President2014TV SeriesSpeaker Jernigan
NTSF:SD:SUV2013TV SeriesDallas
Fish Hooks2010-2013TV SeriesMr. Mussels
White T2013Mad Rapper
Heaven's Door2013Ben Wilson (as Tommy Duane Lister)
The Rev2013TV SeriesTiny Starr
Silent No More2012Blake
Key and Peele2012TV SeriesDriver
Beyond the Trophy2012Billy Thomas
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit2012TV SeriesTiny
72 Hours with Empire2012ShortDeebo
We the Party2012No Shame
Noah2012/IIIRoaring Giant (voice)
The Preacher's Family2011Jackson Hines
Cornered2011Cpt. Williams
The Trap Door2011VideoJomo
Hopelessly in June2011Pastor G
The Sixth2011ShortPriest
Regular Show in Space2011TV SeriesBobby
Lean Like a Cholo2010Crazy Loc
The Lazarus Papers2010Tiny Delaney
First Dog2010Big Mike
Laugh Track Mash-ups2010TV SeriesMr. Oppenheimer
Food Stamps2010Reggie The Mail Man
Nite Tales: The Series2009TV SeriesWrestler
Hard Times2009SixPac Jordan
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion2009Sarge
Chocolate News2008TV SeriesOtis 'Lighting' Jones
The Rimshop2008Duncan
Unemployed2008Big Dane (as Tiny Lister)
Block Party Madness2008VideoSlim
Monster Ark2008TV MovieSgt. Gentry (as Tommy Lister Jr.)
The Dark Knight2008Tattooed Prisoner (as Tommy Tiny Lister)
Novaya Zemlya2008Sewing Dude (as Tommi Tiny Lister)
Under One Roof2008TV SeriesPunkin
The Hustle2008Dog Thief
Miss B's Hair Salon2008Mr. Biggs
Lady Samurai2007Big Luther
Bone Dry2007Mitch (as Tiny Lister)
The Grand2007German's Bodyguard
The Pink Conspiracy2007The Duke
Saul of the Mole Men2007TV SeriesJohn Henry Irons
Vegas Vampires2007Andrew Johnson
Da Block Party 22007VideoCJ's Father (as Tiny Lister)
Ascension Day2007Will
Who Made the Potatoe Salad?2006Monster
One Night with the King2006Hegai, the Royal Eunuch
Scarface: The World Is Yours2006Video GameBabylon Club Doorman (voice, as Tiny Lister)
Forbidden Fruits2006VideoJade
Full Clip2006Bumaye
All of Us2005TV SeriesBandito
50 Cent: Bulletproof2005Video GameBig Rig, Gangbanger (voice)
Santa's Slay2005Gas Attendant
County General2005Big Murder (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
The Rev2005TV MovieTiny
Choices 22004Video
Blast2004Smiley (as Tiny Lister)
Hair Show2004Agent Little
El padrino2004T-Bone (as 'Tiny' Lister)
Dracula 30002004Humvee (as Tiny Lister)
A Night in Compton2004Rainmaker
Never Die Alone2004Rockie
My Baby's Daddy2004Drive By (as Tiny Lister)
Knocked the "F" Out2004
Hellborn2003Smithy (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister)
Love Chronicles2003Alfonso
Keepin' It Real2003A-Train Tranton (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Austin Powers in Goldmember2002Prisoner #2
The Wash2001Bear (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Soulkeeper2001Chad (as Tommy Tiny Lister Jr.)
Star Trek: Enterprise2001TV SeriesKlaang
Out Kold2001Sweet
Nash Bridges2001TV SeriesMr. Switch
Vegas, City of Dreams2001Llord's Security Chief (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
The Duo2001Tiny Lister, Jr. (as Tommy Lister)
The Cheapest Movie Ever Made2000as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister
Little Nicky2000Cassius (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Shark in a Bottle2000The Recruiter
Circus2000Moose (as Tiny Lister)
Next Friday2000Deebo (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Stealth Fighter1999Berg (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Judgment Day1999VideoBrother Clarence
Supreme Sanction1999TV MovieLester (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies1999VideoTillaver (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
I Got the Hook Up1998T-Lay (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister. Jr.)
Damon1998TV SeriesAlfonse
The Players Club1998XL (as Tiny Lister)
A Time to Revenge1997Corporal Hollis (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
Jackie Brown1997Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hoover Park1997
Gang Related1997Cutlass Supreme
USA High1997TV SeriesTony


No Weapon Formed Against Us2015executive producer
White T2013executive producer
The Preacher's Family2011producer
Judgment Day1999Video executive producer
Brutalityco-executive producer


County General2005special thanks


Fandom Workshop2015TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2015TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2014TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Morning Rapture2011Himself
Black to the Future2009TV SeriesHimself
Sober House2009TV SeriesHimself
America's Toughest Bars2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Praise the Lord2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Still Life2006Himself / Art Buyer
Inked2005TV Series
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Adam Sandler Goes to Hell2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Magic Hour1998TV SeriesHimself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Zeus)
Survivor Series1989TV SpecialZeus - The Million Dollar Team
Hulkamania 41989VideoHimself (as Zeus)

Archive Footage

An Unsafe Place: Making 'Men of War'2016Video documentary shortBlades
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009VideoZeus
WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 12009VideoZeus
WWE: Summerslam - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12009Zeus
The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event2009VideoZeus
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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