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We’ll Always Remember the Man Behind Deebo, King of the Bullies

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister could have gone through life playing heavies and villains, but his gift was finding the vulnerability in the bluster

Tommy “Tiny” Lister as Deebo in “Friday.” Photo: New Line Productions/Ghetto Bird Productions

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David Dennis, Jr.

David Dennis, Jr.

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Level Sr. Writer covering Race, Culture, Politics, TV, Music. Previously: The Undefeated, The Atlantic, Washington Post. Forthcoming book: The Movement Made Us