Kevin L. Clark

Where Are They Now?: The Cast Of Friday


In 1995, Ice Cube doubled-down on his transition into Tinsel Town by linking up with first-time director F. Gary Gray to create a cinematic classic, Friday. This past weekend marked the 19th anniversary of the film, so we decided to follow up with the cast and crew.

Written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, Friday starred the duo and a cast of characters revolving around 16 hours in the lives of two unemployed slackers named Craig Jones and Smokey. The latter was played by then-up-and-comer Chris Tucker, and would go on to be a surprise box office smash. The plot found the pair experiencing the lives of family (led by the hilarious John Witherspoon), duplicitous schemers (Anthony Johnson and Bernie Mac, neighborhood hotties (Nia Long) and, of course, the local bully Debo (Tommy “Tiny” Lister).

The success of Friday would immediately go on to influence the popular consciousness, as slang, favorite lines, and the cast themselves all became things audiences needed to know. The film also spawned two sequels: Next Friday and Friday After Next, which found star Chris Tucker moving on for more PG-fodder. Since then, many fans have wondered when the original gang would come back for the fourth installment with Cube saying, “We’re ready to film the fourth Friday, but it is stuck in development hell.”

While we wait for them to get it together, and to celebrate 19th anniversary, we bring y’all up to speed with what the cast and crew have been doing since the mid-nineties.

Photo: WENN

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  • tylonw

    Debo was played by “Tiny” Lister

  • You should Know Better

    #fail Deborah WAS not played by Michael Clark Duncan! Who writes this stuff?? Geez. Tiny Lester LIVES.

    • Your reading comprehension has failed you greatly.

  • You should Know Better

    Debo, not Deborah!

  • Ladylove35

    Whoever wrote this need to remove it. How do you write an article on a classic movie and don’t even know the names of the actors/actresses with incorrect pictures? Epic fail!!!!

    • I wrote this article and it seems as if you possibly have Mr. (in your case Ms.) Magoo syndrome. To paraphrase Jay Z, do you read through these stories, or just skew through it?