Tommy Ford dies at 52, who played on the Fox series “Martin,” has died.
His condition, had been on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was hospitalized on Sunday, and his condition had been worst since.
According to Ford’s family made the decision to turn off life support, after hospital give them results. He passed away at an Atlanta hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Ford played Martin Lawrence’s best friend for all five seasons of the show.
Thomas Mikal Ford (June 15, 1962 – October 12, 2016) was an American actor who was best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom “Martin,” and for his recurring role as Mel Parker in the UPN sitcom “The Parkers.”
In Martin, Ford played Tommy his character was often the subject of many jokes regarding his mysterious employment status though Tisha Campbell-Martin revealed he was a counselor and presumably unemployed after Ford complained that his character lacked development. Ford received an NAACP Image Awards nomination in 1996 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
After Martin ended, Ford found success in the FOX detective drama “New York Undercover.” He played the role of Lieutenant Malcolm Barker.
Ford played a recurring role in the UPN sitcom “The Parkers” as Nikki’s ex-husband (and Kim’s father), Mel Parker, in 7 episodes. He played Ben Cummings in “The Power of Passion” as one of the characters whose wife cheats on him with the pastor.
He was also known as The Pope of Comedy, due to exposure as a judge on TV One’s comedy competition show Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?”
Ford appeared in lots films the Kid ‘n Play movie “Class Act” as Mink. In “Harlem Nights” he played Tommy Smalls, the brother of Arsenio Hall’s character. He can also be seen in the 1997 crime drama “Against the Law.”