Is "Martin" actor Tommy Ford dead?

Prominent American actor Tommy Ford passed away on October 12, 2016. This sad occasion took place on Atlanta at local hospital. The actor suffered from aneurysm. Read the article to get more information.

American actor Tommy Ford

At the moment of death the actor was just 52. Tommy Ford became extremely popular after he had played Tommy Strawn – the best friend of Martin Lawrence in “Martin”, which lasted from 1992 to 1997.

After his abrupt death thousand of friends and actor`s fans paid respect via Twitter to their beloved actor passing away.

On October 7th, Tommy Ford wrote in his Instagram the following:

“I have been working really hard in physical therapy after knee replacement surgery! My progress is really amazing! Thank you for all of your prayers and words of support! I'm excited about getting back to work and to you soon!”.

In five days the actor passed away…

actor Tommy Ford

Tommy Ford`s early life

The future prominent actor was born on June 15, 1964, in New York. However, his childhood the boy spent in California. His father was a pipe-fitter, and mother worked as school secretary. When he was a kid, Tommy had a great desire to become a preacher. However, after he had taken first drama lessons and began to act in high school plays, he definitely made up his mind to become an outstanding actor. His idols were such great actors as Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Marlon Brando.

In 1985, Tommy Ford received Associate of Arts degree in Long Beach City College. After it he moved to University of Southern California. He graduated earning the degree of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.

Acting peculiarities

Tommy Ford immediately liked his character in “Martin”. Tommy Strawn always was the straight man for Martin Lawrence's jokes. However, he often placed in some scene-stealing "bald-headed logic" and amusing comments in various strange situations. In 1996, Ford got an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Tommy Ford passed away

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After “Martin” was finished, Ford succeeded in the detective drama “New York Undercover”. After it he became extremely popular. Many famous TV directors started inviting him to own projects.

In 1993, Ford produced and directed own play titled “South of Where We Live”. It depicted the story of six African-American professionals who came back to their communities where they were raised and learnt about various existing social problems. The play was first shown in Los Angeles and was very successful. It allowed the actor to pocket good money.

In 1993, together with actor Troy Curvey and songster Yolanda Adams, Tommy Ford co-hosted the Texas Gospel Music Award.

TV star Tommy Ford

Moreover, the actor also wrote two encouraging children books for children. Their titles are “I am Responsible for Me” and “Positive Attitude”. His hobby was traveling to various schools where the actor did his best to motivate children and make them responsible for their lives.  


Among the most popular actor`s roles we should definitely mention his role of Mel Parker in “The Parkers” and famous and smart Lieutenant Malcolm Barker in “New York Undercover”  In addition, Tommy Ford starred as the Pope of Comedy in “Who's Got Jokes”.

Tommy Ford - actor, producer and director

The list of Tommy Ford`s chief roles in TV:

  • 1989: Lamar in “A Different World”;
  • 1992–1997: Tommy Strawn in “Martin”;
  • 1998–1999: Lieutenant Malcolm Barker in “New York Undercover”;
  • 1999: Marcus in “The Jamie Foxx Show”;
  • 1999–2001: Mel Parker in “The Parkers”;
  • 2006–2008: Pope of Comedy in “Who's Got Jokes?”;
  • 2011: The Reverend in “Let's Stay Together”.

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