Other than setting out HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Tucker, already a celebrated comedian, had only appeared in Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper and Robert Townsend’s The Meteor Man. In Friday, he shined as Craig Jones’ best bud buddy, Smokey, who gets them into a sticky-icky-icky situation with the neighborhood thug Big Worm. Armed with the finest green from around the way, a quick one-liner, and an infectious sense of humor, Chris Tucker made the role his own and gravitated to the higher echelons of Hollywood immediately after Friday proved to be a success. He would later go on to renounce risqué humor in favor of family films, and then went into a hiatus shortly after the success of Rush Hour 3. He eventually returned to make a splash in David O. Russell’s The Silver Lining Playbook, and has made some brief comedy spot date appearances. Millions are still hoping to get him and Ice Cube back on the same page to film Friday 4, though.