Tommy Ford Died Dead Martin The Parkers

Martin Star Tommy Ford Dead at 52

Actor Tommy Ford, who played Martin Lawrence’s friend Tommy on the Fox sitcom Martin, has died at age 52.

Ford passed away Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen, TMZ is reporting. Ford was rushed to the hospital on Sunday and placed on life support; he was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.

Ford is best known for playing levelheaded straight man Tommy Strawn on Martin, appearing in every episode across five seasons. (He was credited as “Thomas Mikal Ford” at the time.) The character of Tommy was often a voice of reason, but his lack of employment was a running gag on the show. For his work on Martin, Ford earned a NAACP Image Award nomination in 1996 for best supporting actor in a TV comedy.

Ford also had a recurring role as Kim’s ex-husband Mel on UPN’s The Parkers, and joined the final season of New York Undercover as Lieutenant Malcolm Barker. In recent years, he guest starred on BET’s Let’s Stay Together, and in an episode of Brandy Norwood’s BET series Zoe Ever After earlier this year.

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  1. diane says:


  2. flowerduh says:

    Wow! I can’t believe it!

    RIP MAN!

  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    So sad always loved him on Martin condolences to his family and friends

  4. AngelWasHere says:

    RIP! Loved him on Martin! The “you don’t got job” gag always cracked me up!

  5. herman1959 says:

    OMG, dead at 52, unbelievable. He used to kill me constantly talking about people getting their “freaks on”.

  6. claire says:

    R.I.P Tommy, I remember the Martin goes crazy in court episode.


  7. Anna says:

    This is awful! Thoughts are with his family.

  8. Tommy played Nikki Parker’s ex-husband on the Parkers, not Kim. Kim was his character’s daughter. Nonetheless, very sad news. RIP Tommy.

  9. Carmine says:

    This is really sad. He was so funny on Martin RIP.

  10. Johnny Styles says:

    Very sad news. RIP, Tommy..

  11. CB Harshaw says:

    We are truly in SHOCK in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    My heart is sad..

  12. CB Harshaw says:

    We are truly in SHOCK in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    My heart is sad..
    Assuredly Thomas Mike Ford is at Home with KING JESUS CHRIST. .Our LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOUR. ..AMEN
    Tommy truey believed in JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY BIBLE…AMEN