Yesterday, I heard some shocking news. Tommy Mikal Ford, aka Tommy Strawn from Martin, passed away at the age of 52. He suffered a busted anuerism in his abdomen, following a knee replacement surgery. Martin is my favorite sitcom of all time. Although Martin Lawrence was the star of the show, the rest of the cast was equally entertaining. Viewers could relate to Tommy’s role with their own friendships. Plus, who could forget that Tommy never really had a job? He was the butt of many punchlines on the show. However, he proved to be a genuine friend to Martin, even when he didn’t deserve it.
Tommy got the rest of the cast (namely Martin) in plenty of trouble. He also helped them get out of their fair share of trouble too. He even dated Martin’s worst enemy and Gina’s best friend, Pam. Tommy Ford will truly be missed. Many fans held firmly to rumors that there may one day be a Martin reunion episode. Sadly, a full reunion is impossible now. However, Tommy’s legacy will live on. He will be remembered for giving medicine to the soul, laughter. His career included other acting roles in New York Undercover and The Parkers. He also had roles in the films Class Act and Harlem Nights. Despite these great roles, his role as “Tommy” on Martin made him a star. Here’s a look back at some of his funniest moments from the show. Rest in peace Tommy Mikal Ford.