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Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. (24 June 195810 December 2020; age 62) was an American actor, former wrestler, voice artist, and comedian who portrayed Klaang in the Star Trek: Enterprise first season episode "Broken Bow". He was the second World Wrestling Entertainment superstar to appear on Star Trek, having been preceded by The Rock and followed by Big Show.

Lister filmed some of his scenes on location in Bakersfield, California on 12 June 2001 and 13 June 2001. Two costumes worn by him were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1] [2] [3]

Lister was best known for his role as Deebo in Friday and Next Friday. He was also known for his role as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element, which co-starred Sonita Henry as his character's aide. In addition, he had major supporting roles in such films as The Set Up (1995, co-starring Mark Rolston), Jackie Brown (1997, with Denise Crosby), and Little Nicky (2000, with Clint Howard); in the latter, he portrayed one of the evil brothers of the titular character. Lister briefly performed as a professional wrestler under the ring name Zeus after the character he portrayed in No Holds Barred.

He made his film debut in Runaway Train, which co-starred John Bloom, Loren Janes, and Don Pugsley. His other motion picture credits during the 1980s included 8 Million Ways to Die (1986, with Vyto Ruginis, Rosalind Ingledew, and Victor Rivers), Blue City (1986, with Paul Winfield, David L. Crowley, Allan Graf, and Paddi Edwards), Armed and Dangerous (1986, with Jonathan Banks and Nicholas Worth), Extreme Prejudice (1987, with Clancy Brown and Jimmy Ortega), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, with headliner Ronny Cox and also Darryl Henriques, John Hostetter, Stephen Liska and Dean Stockwell and Valerie Wildman), and The Night Before (1988, with Wren T. Brown and Jimmie F. Skaggs).

In the 1990s, he was seen in such films as Universal Soldier (1992, with Leon Rippy and Lilyan Chauvin), Trespass (1992, with William Sadler), The Meteor Man (1993, with Frank Gorshin, Wallace Shawn, and Deborah Lacey), Hologram Man (1995, with Derek McGrath), Don Juan DeMarco (1995, with Franc Luz), and Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995, with Christopher Lloyd and Bill Cobbs). More recent film credits include Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002, also with Clint Howard), Confidence (2003, with Leland Orser), Never Die Alone (2004, with stunts by Damion Poitier and coordination by Henry Kingi, Jr.), One Night with the King (2006, with John Rhys-Davies), and The Dark Knight (2008, with Rick Avery, Andrew Bicknell, Danny Goldring, and Keith Szarabajka, and featuring production design by Nathan Crowley).

Lister performed the voice of Finnick in Zootopia (also with Idris Elba). He also appeared in the music video for Chamillionaire's hit "Ridin'."

After being found unresponsive in his Los Angeles apartment, Lister died 10 December 2020.

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