Fans and former co-stars alike were shocked and saddened last week with the news that Tommy Ford, of the hit TV show Martin, had passed away from complications of a abdominal aneurysm. All of his co-stars from the show have shared beautiful sentiments about working with him and how nice of a person he was and today they all got together to lay their friend to rest.

Tichina Arnold, who famously played Pamela James on Martin and was Tommy’s former love interest on the show, posted a picture to Instagram today that featured herself, Tisha Campbell (who played Gina) and Carl Payne (who played Cole) in a photo together that featured a touching caption.

Sensing that social media would jump all over the fact that the series star of Martin,Martin Lawrence, was not in the group photo, Tichina addressed it right in her caption. She states, “…And PLEASE don’t ask “Where’s Martin?..” he was there too…just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.

As you all may remember, a large part of the reason the show ended was because of Tisha Campbell’s allegations of sexual harassment against Lawrence, which resulted in a restraining order. Perhaps this is why he was not included in the photo.

Nevertheless, it was lovely that they all came together to honor someone who made all of us laugh every week on one of the funniest shows of all time. Ford unfortunately may not be here with us anymore physically, but his memory will definitely live on in the hilarious Martin reruns.


Thomas Mikal Ford (1962 – 2016)

Thomas Mikal Ford, a star of TV’s “Martin” and “New York Undercover,” died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen, according to multiple news sources. He was 54.

Ford underwent knee surgery in September and had shared his positive progress on social media in the days before his death.

Born June 15, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, Ford is known best for his role as Tommy on “Martin.” From 1992 to 1997, he appeared in every episode of the show. Often the straight man and the butt of jokes, Tommy was known best for being chronically unemployed or underemployed. Ford was nominated for a 1996 NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his performance on “Martin.” For “Martin” and other early roles, Ford was credited as Tommy Ford.

The success of “Martin” opened Ford up to other acting parts, with his next star turn coming in the final season of “New York Undercover,” from 1998 to 1999. As Lt. Malcolm Barker, he headed the New York Police Department’s Special Investigations Division in an unusual season that introduced an entirely new starring cast. He then took on a recurring role on “The Parkers” and made appearances on other shows including “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Pretender.” From 2006 through 2008, Ford appeared as the “Pope of Comedy” in the stand-up comedy competition “Who’s Got Jokes?”

On the big screen, Ford had roles in films including “Harlem Nights” and “Class Act.” He also worked as a producer and director in later years.

Ford is survived by three children.


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