Tom “Tiny” Lister is a former wrestler and actor from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. An athlete in college, he began acting in small parts in 80s films and series such as “Webster,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” and “Perfect Strangers.” He appeared in the 1989 Hulk Hogan wrestling movie “No Holds Barred” as Zues, an opponent to Hulk who gets defeated. That role led to Tiny becoming part of the WWF as an adversary to Hulk which led to a pairing with Randy Savage in 1989 SummerSlam against Hulk and Brutus Beefcake. He stayed in wrestling for a brief time, with his last appearance being in the Royal Rumble in 1990.
After wrestling, Tiny focused again on acting, winning the role of Deebo, the antagonist to Ice Cube’s character in the classic 90s film “Friday” as well as the sequel, “Next Friday”. He has appeared in numerous films and television series, including “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Matlock,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Fifth Element,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead,” “Wishmaster 2”, “Austin Powers Goldmember,” and “Little Nicky,” and more, as well as several music videos.
Most recently, Tiny voiced Finnick, the fennec fox in Disney’s hit “Zootopia,” and has several projects in pre- and post-production.