wearing tinted glasses. He even cursed God as being the cause of his eye. Then one day he stopped hiding and took off the shades. “I started doing these movies and God said, ‘You thought it was a curse. It was a blessing,’” he says. “[My eye] became my trademark in Hollywood.”
Upon changing his mindset and outlook about life, Lister became a born-again Christian.
“I thought to reach your full potential as a man, you need to have the spirit of Jesus Christ within you to step into your purpose and destiny. You can’t just go around saying that you’re from your mother’s womb.
“What amazed me about Jesus Christ was that this cat was so gangster. He cheated death. Doing something ‘gangsta’ growing up in my hood meant that you were able to do something that nobody else was capable of. Jesus cheated death. That’s the ultimate form of being gangsta, so I had to follow Him.”
“Another thing that amazed me was that God said ‘let there be light.’ In the beginning, He said, ‘let there be light,’ but on the fourth day, he created the sun. So God was out there working in the light without the sun. Now, what’s more gangsta than that?!”
Rest well, Tiny.
Here are some more pictures to remember the “gentle giant”