Born In: Compton, California, United States
Tom Lister Jr. was an American actor and an occasional wrestler best known for his supporting roles in films such as ‘Friday’ and ‘The Fifth Element.’ Born in Arkansas and raised in California, Tom grew up with blindness in his right eye, which was a birth defect. He grew up in a very shady black neighbourhood but he somehow avoided the life of crime and drugs by indulging in religion and watching films at an early age. He excelled in sports during his high school and college years. A scholarship he earned for sports had him attending California State University, where he further excelled in shot put throw. He made his acting debut in 1984, playing a small role in the television series titled ‘1st & Ten’ and in the next year, he made his film debut with a supporting role in the film titled ‘Runaway Train.’ During the course of his career, he has played character roles in films such as ‘Friday,’ ‘The Fifth Element,’ ‘Jackie Brown’ and ‘Little Nicky.’ Apart from his film and television roles, he also wrestled briefly from 1989 to 1996. His best known wrestling feud was with WWF superstar Hulk Hogan.
Also Known As: Tiny Lister Jr., Thomas Lister Jr.
Died At Age: 62
Spouse/Ex-: Felicia Forbes (m. 2003)
father: Tommy Lister
mother: Mildred Faye Lister
children: Thomas Duane Lister III
Born Country: United States
place of death: Marina del Rey, California, U.S.
U.S. State: California
City: Compton, California
He was a huge fan of western films and took inspiration from Frank Capra. Indulging a lot in watching all kinds of films had him wanting to become an actor ever since he was young.
In the next few years, he appeared playing many small roles in films such as ‘Blue City,’ ‘Prison,’ ‘Think Big’ and ‘Extreme Prejudice.’ He went on having his major acting breakthrough in 1995, when he appeared in the Ice Cube starrer film titled ‘Friday.’
As for his television career, Tom appeared playing many guest roles in the late 1980s, and early 1990s, in series’ such as ‘Perfect Strangers,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Renegade.’
Tom also appeared in films such as ‘White T,’ ‘Hickey’ and ‘Busy Day.’ He also gave his voice in the film titled ‘Zootopia,’ to a character named Finnick.
Tom’s wrestling career began somewhat accidentally. He appeared playing a wrestler in the film titled ‘No Holds Barred’ in the late 1980s. The film starred famous wrestler Hulk Hogan and was produced by the World Wrestling Federation. Tom’s character of Zeus in the film was acclaimed and he ended up making an appearance in the real life WWF ring.
Tom would copy his moves from his film character in the real life and eventually began a feud with Hulk Hogan. Tom teamed up with Randy Savage and faced Hulk Hogan in the SummerSlam 1989, in a tag team match, which Hulk and his partner Brutus BeefCake easily won.
Tom Lister Jr. married Felicia Forbes in January 26, 2003
In August 2012, Tom pled guilty to a mortgage fraud. Hewas freed on bail and said that mistakes can be forgiven by the God and the American government for people who are ‘good.’
He was a very religious person and a devout Christian. He was a member of a Christian church named The Light of the World and appeared frequently in the faith based networks and gave lectures in churches and other religious functions all over the country.
Tom Lister Jr. died on December 10, 2020, at his home in Marina del Rey, California. He was 62.
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