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RIP “Tiny”

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Tommy “Tiny” Lister was legendary.

He faced off against Hulk Hogan (at the height of Hulkamania) in the ’80s pop culture obsession “No Holds Barred” as “Zeus: The Human Wrecking Machine.”

He was basically the President of Space (and one of the first Black Presidents in a film or real life) in the beloved cult classic “The Fifth Element.”

He terrorized the block as creaky bike-riding bully “Deebo”–a monstrous menace who specialized in snatching chains in “Friday.”

Soon after “Friday’s” release, “Deebo” became a verb for strong-arming something (anything) and was formally inducted into the AAVE lexicon.

(You may also remember the inescapable “Bye Felicia!” craze that swept across the universe YEARS after the movie was released but that’s another story.)

The massive man named “Tiny” was truly a Hollywood titan who left a golden legacy that will live on through his enviable catalog that includes”Friday”–the most quoted, referenced and imitated Comedy CLASSIC that continues to influence the culture 25 years later.

“RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister. America’s favorite bully was a born entertainer who would pop into character at the drop of a hat terrifying people on and off camera. Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already,” tweeted Ice Cube in a touching tribute.

Lister marks the sixth “Friday” cast member to leave us much too soon. Last year, we lost John Witherspoon and continue to mourn the deaths of legends Bernie Mac, Michael Clarke Duncan, Yvette Wilson, Reynaldo Rey, and LaWanda Page. RIP.

When did you realize “Friday” was a classic? What’s your fave Deebo moment in the series? Tell us down below and reflect on “Friday’s” cultural impact on the flip.

“Black people started using Deebo as a verb after this movie! That’s how important he is to our culture. I don’t believe anyone else could have done that. Rest In Peace to the great!” – a true icon

“I don’t know how I will tell my Grandpa about Deebo (Tiny Lister). He texts me a MEME from the movie Friday every Friday. It’s his favorite. I just bought him this sweatshirt.

Losing John Witherspoon was a lot for us.” – heartbreaking

“You win some, you lose some, but you live, you live to fight another day!”

4 stills from a movie I think is a masterpiece.

RIP John Witherspoon and Tiny Lister.” – a true masterpiece

“Can’t even put it into proper context what the Friday movie franchise meant to our culture. Tommy “Tiny” Lister aka Deebo and John Witherspoon were both advocate of finishing up the Last Friday film. To lose both before it happened is heartbreaking” – absolutely devastating

“RIP Deebo.

A bunch of angels are about to lose their halo” – rest easy, legend

“In Loving Memory:
John Witherspoon (2019)
LaWanda Page (2002)
Justin Pierce aka Roach from Next Friday (2000)
Yvette Wilson (2012)
Reynaldo Rey (2015)
Bernie Mac (2008)
Tiny Lister Jr. (2020)” – legends gone too soon

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“Because its #Friday, Timothy “DEEBO” Lister visited Palmdale schools to talk about making good life choices! Thank you for making an impact on the community!” – this is what impact looks like


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