Know the Cast: ‘Friday’

Friday Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 1995 Movie on Max

The Friday cast features Ice Cube, Chris Tucker and Nia Long. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for F. Gary Gray’s 1995 movie on Max. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.


Friday explores the friendship between a Los Angeles native and his stoner buddy. As Craig Jones thinks about unemployment and the future, he decides to kick back on his front porch. The narrative follows the main protagonist as he interacts with various people from the neighborhood while smoking marijuana. Here’s every actor and character in Friday.

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Friday Cast: Ice Cube as Craig Jones

Friday Cast on Max - Ice Cube as Craig Jones

Character Profile: A South Central Los Angeles resident. He stresses about losing his job. Craig relaxes by smoking marijuana with his best friend.

Ice Cube’s Resume: A Founding Member of N.W.A. — Also, Doughboy in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Captain Dickson in 21 Jump Street (2012) James Payton in Ride Along (2014), Darius Stone in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

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Friday Cast: Chris Tucker as Smokey

Friday Cast on Max - Chris Tucker as Smokey

Character Profile: Craig’s best friend. He is a charismatic stoner. Smokey finds trouble with neighborhood baddies.

Tucker’s Resume: Franklin Hatchett in Money Talks (1997), Beaumont Livingston in Jackie Brown (1997), Carter in Rush Hour (1998), Danny in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Howard White in Air (2023)

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Friday Cast: Nia Long as Debbie

Friday Cast on Max - Nia Long as Debbie

Character Profile: Craig’s love interest. She is a neighborhood woman who stops by to chat. Debbie clashes with one of Craig’s female friends.

Long’s Resume: Jordan Armstrong in The Best Man (1999), Sherry Pierce in Big Momma’s House (2000), Sasha Monroe in Third Watch (2003-05), Shay Mosley in NCIS: Los Angeles (2017-18), Fatima Mohammed in You People (2023)

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Friday Cast: Tom Lister Jr. as Deebo

Friday Cast on Max - Tom Lister Jr. as Deebo

Character Profile: A neighborhood bully. He intimidates locals and threatens violence. Deebo steals money from Smokey.

Lister Jr.’s Resume: Orvis in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), President Lindbergh in The Fifth Element (1997), Winston in Jackie Brown (1997), Cassius in Little Nicky (2000), Tattooed Prisoner in The Dark Knight (2008)

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The Friday cast also includes:

  • John Witherspoon as Mr. Jones
  • Anna Maria Horsford as Mrs. Jones
  • Regina King as Dana Jones
  • Paula Jai Parker as Joi
  • Faizon Love as Big Worm
  • DJ Pooh as Red
  • Angela Means as Felisha
  • Vickilyn Reynolds as Joann
  • Ronn Riser as Stanley
  • Kathleen Bradley as Mrs. Parker
  • Bernie Mac as Pastor Clever
  • Meagan Good as Kid #2
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Craps Player

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

Know the Cast: 'Friday'
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'Friday' Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every actor and character in F. Gary Gray's 1995 movie.
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