Where Are They Now? The Cast of “Friday”
The 20th anniversary of the classic cult comedy “Friday” was April 20. How fitting that it just so happened to fall on 4/20. And fans can celebrate one of the most quoted Black films by seeing the re-lease of the film in select theaters on Monday. Also, fans can celebrate the film’s re-opening by discovering where the hilarious cast ended up since their days on set of this Southern California centric film.
Craig (Ice Cube) was just fired from his job when he spent that Friday in Southern California with his pothead best friend Smokey (Chris Tucker). He sits on his porch and watch several, hilarious events in his neighborhood unfold, but gets into trouble — including paying drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love) $200 by 10 p.m. and going up against the neighborhood’s bully Deebo (Tommy “Tiny” Lister).
He’s had a very decent career since Friday. Prior to the film, he was a popular rapper, but since the film, he focused more on his film career. He’s starred in popular action movies, more buddy comedies and family films — including teaming up with Friday co-star Nia Long in Are We There Yet? and its sequel.
Willie Jones is a loving father and mail carrier who loves bad food and in the aftermath, loves to take mean s***s. He gives his son, Craig, some tough love throughout the film, but it’s his advice in the end that helps Craig be a man.
Witherspoon acted consistently since Friday — starring in many more classic cult comedies and Black films. He’s known for continuing his role as Willie Jones in two sequels, his TV voice role on “The Boondocks” and for his signature line, “bang! bang! bang!”
Debbie is a neighborhood girl Craig has a major crush on. He comes to her rescue at the end of the film.
Long went on to become one of Black Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies. She starred in Soul Food, Love Jones and The Best Man in the late 1990s. In the 2000s, she starred in the TV series “Third Watch” and in Are We There Yet? with Ice Cube. Recently, she starred in mega hit sequel, The Best Man Holiday.
Dana has the typically sibling relationship with her brother Craig. She tells him to get a job; he tells her to buy a wig instead of wearing her cheap weave.
King starred in many films — supporting and leading roles since Friday. She never returned for any of the sequels. Nevertheless, she starred in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Ray and This Christmas. Also, she became a very popular TV actress again with “The Boondocks” and “Southland,” after getting her start on “227.”
She’s the hood girlfriend of Craig who’s always accusing him of cheating, calls his mama’s house and then, hangs up. Some folks still don’t notice the guy laying up in her bed at the beginning of the movie.
Paula Jai Parker
Parker continued to act in films like Sprung as well as her voice role as Trudy Proud on “The Proud Family.” Since co-starring in Hustle & Flow, her career died down. She said she was blackballed when starring on the 2014 reality series “Hollywood Divas.”
Big Worm’s the drug dealer Smokey owes $200. Smokey gets Craig involved when he tells Worm they’ve been smoking his weed. He tells Smokey that if he and Craig don’t have his money by 10 p.m. then he’s shooting both of them.
Love went on to act in many more comedies. He’s co-starring with KeKe Palmer in star-studded family drama Brotherly Love coming out Friday, April 24.
Deebo’s the neighborhood bully. He picks on Red the most — stealing his bike, blackening his eye and then, stealing his chain. Later on in the film, Craig gives him a taste of his own medicine.
Tommy “Tiny” Lister
Tiny continued to star in smaller roles throughout the years. Currently he has 191 credits to his name, according to IMDB, as well many projects in the works.
“My grandma gave me that chain!” Poor Red, he just got picked on like crazy by Deebo.
DJ Pooh co-wrote Friday. The filmmaker worked on 3 Strikes and The Wash as well. He’s a film director, screenwriter, rapper and record producer.
He’s the crazy husband of Mrs. Parker who he catches cheating on him.
Cox continued to do comedy films after Friday — starring in Bad Santa. Recently, he co-starred in Oz the Great and Powerful.
She’s Craig’s mother, the one who is pretend-friends with Mrs. Parker.
Anna Maria Horsford
She went on to star on “The Wayans Bros.” show. She continued to do films after that ended, but many of her credits are from TV series like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Shield.” She’s co-starring in the upcoming film The Choir Director.
Clevor is a pastor who sins. First he asks Smokey to share his weed then he sees Mrs. Parker showing off. He goes right over there to her place to get some.
Mac went on to star in The Kings of Comedy and his own show, “The Bernie Mac Show.” He was also a part of the ensemble cast in the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. Unfortunately, Mac passed away in 2008 after going into cardiac arrest from sarcoidosis, complicated by pneumonia.
She’s the neighborhood moocher. Bye Felicia!
Means is happy her character has remained a fixture in pop culture, but actually it’s spelled Felisha, although the hashtag and phrase is #ByeFelicia. Currently, she’s a photographer and a mom.
Hector is a former smoking buddy of Smokey’s. After an incident involving weed laced with angel dust, Smokey freaked out with his wife-beater and draws on, he followed in his lowrider laughing at him. Smokey hated him ever since.
He continued to act in film and TV. But he also directs. He directed the 2013 film, Anything Is Possible. Also, he directed American Justice released earlier this year and starring Tommy “Tiny” Lister.
Actually, this is the smallest role of anyone on this list. She just wants her ice cream, but Big Worm isn’t about that true ice cream man life… or wait… he is!
Friday was her first movie. She went on to star in many more films and TV series throughout her childhood and adulthood. Most recently, she starred in Think Like a Man Too and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Mrs. Parker is the neighborhood’s milf — wearing little, tight clothing while hosing the grass. Eventually, she gets laid, but her husband comes home…
She was a “The Price Is Right” model from 1990-2000. Most recently, she wrote the book, Backstage at The Price Is Right: Memoirs of a Barker Beauty.
Smokey is arguably the most popular character in the film. He’s the ultimate pothead. The ultimate. He gets he and Craig in some trouble with drug dealer Big Worm who he owes $200.
Tucker went on to become a mega movie star — specifically with the Rush Hour film series. But he left Hollywood for sometime after Rush Hour 2 only to return briefly to do the third film in 2007. He made an official comedy comeback in 2011. He later co-starred in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Currently, he’s on tour doing standup comedy again.