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“Martin” Star Tommy Ford Dead at 52


Thomas “Tommy” Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence’s best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit ’90s sitcom “Martin,” has died at age 52.

Ford passed away Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital surrounded by family and friends.

The actor played the level-headed pal of Lawrence on “Martin” for the show’s entire five-year run. One running joke was his not having a job, prompting the catchphrase: “You don’t got no job, Tommy!”
“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband and friend Tommy Mykal Ford,” the family said in a statement posted on his social media accounts. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”

Lawrence, 51, also paid tribute to his late friend and castmate with a heartwarming Instagram post. “My brother…we were friends way b4 the Martin show & I’m glad we were able to show true friendship on-screen,” he penned. “You brought a lot of love to the world and you will be greatly missed. God Bless to you and the family. Rest In Peace my brother. #TommyFord #Brotherforlife.”