Laughing through the pain of Thomas Ford’s death

Thomas Mikal Ford, famously recognized as Tommy from the iconic ’90s television show Martin, tragically passed away on Wednesday in an Atlanta medical facility. The unfortunate cause of his death was a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. He was only 52 years old.

Tommy was a beloved and hilariously dry actor, known best for his role as Raheem Radio in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” The news of Ford’s death quickly reverberated in the acting community, still reeling from the actor Bill Nunn’s death. The ensemble’s relevance continues to expand nearly 20 years since its 1997 finale. Ford was a crucial figure, along with Cole (Payne Anthony Carl II), Arnold (Pam) Tichina, Gina (Campbell-Martin) Lawrence, and Martin Lawrence.

The Disney family proudly ventured into the animated world, even starring in the hilarious role of the antagonist Mink in the 1992 Broadway play ‘n Kid and the goon. He also flexed his acting skills in New York as Tommy Smalls in the 1989 Nights in Harlem alongside Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Eddie Murphy. In addition to his 132-episode run on Undercover Parker’s Class, Martin Ford has credits that go beyond his youth, as he is a dedicated author and motivational speaker, passionate about helping at-risk youth.

The crew of the absurdly, yet seamlessly, talented Tommy consisted of Martin’s unpredictability and Gina’s feistiness, Pam’s spunk, and Cole’s goofiness. This quirky quintet arrived in Detroit, where they confidently and flamboyantly took over the college basketball scene at Michigan’s University of Five Fab. Interestingly, it wasn’t until later this year that Tommy realized he had actually been unemployed the previous year.

Tommy, may you find eternal laughter. Countless unforgettable Martin moments abound. Find humor in the midst of adversity. Honoring the man who bestowed upon us immense happiness is the ultimate way to find joy. The forever-missed Ford, hailing from Los Angeles. Similar to Radio Raheem and Uncle Phil, Avery’s presence was both essential and everlasting, despite not being the primary character. The passing of James Avery in 2013, known as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, evokes memories of Ford’s demise.


Tommy’s impeccable acronym game.Output: Tommy’s flawless abbreviation game.

Discover fresh companions if your acquaintances are unaware of the solution. “WHAT IS THE ACRONYM FOR G-T-D?!” Is the most amusing inquiry in the annals of the courtroom. We would not possess that comical incident — Season 2, Episode 16: “No Justice, No Peace” — if Martin hadn’t chosen to contest the citation alleging his failure to fully halt at a stop sign. Nevertheless, we are grateful that he did. The interrogation on the witness stand has the power to unnerve any individual with the appropriate line of questioning; it is truly remarkable. It is unlikely that this is a genuine prerequisite for friendship.

Tommy’s affection for black-owned enterprises.

Throughout the series, the ongoing theme of Tommy wondering what living a life in his own community would be like if he played the same role as Tracy Morgan in the hilarious scene from the movie “The Man Hustle” with a pizza-sized smedium, always kept him pumping money into his own community, saying what you want to say about jobs.

Tommy’s skill to think quickly.

The chemistry between Doogie Howser and Tommy is comedic, as they discuss “attractions” through the baby’s umbilical cord. Martin’s delivery of the baby remains the most underrated and criminally overlooked scene. However, it didn’t translate into a job somehow. Tommy was a man with many skills, whether it was helping deliver a baby or eulogizing a plumber (who wasn’t really dead) on Martin’s couch.

When Tommy almost lost it.Output: When Tommy nearly lost control.

Me and Tommy were struggling to maintain character, because that guy’s professionalism is a testament to how serious we take shooting scenes. One of the absolute standout moments was when the CD player, known otherwise as the stolen episode, was a puppy on “Suspicious Minds” or “Chilligan’s Island.” “That damn puppy!” It’s not time to laugh, and we ain’t joking. Speaking of funny scenes, when debating the greatest of all time (GOAT), there are really only two choices, Martin suffices.

Tommy’s rational voice.

The trio, consisting of Cole, Tommy, and Martin, often saw Tommy trying to convince Martin, but he often failed. Gina wasn’t cheating on him, and she wasn’t really trying to kill him for his insurance money. Martin couldn’t afford the 2000 Hoshi-Toshi TV screen, like he was telling Tommy. It wasn’t funny to Tommy, but he still didn’t mean it. Martin didn’t often want to work, which eventually led Tommy to talk to him off the ledge. Well, you know where that led – Martin was often paranoid.

Tommy’s loyalty.

One scene, all in three legends. Tommy. Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. Rest in peace Jeri Gray. Rest in peace Tommy. The most underrated rivalry of the ’90s was Martin vs. Miss Jeri. Secretly, the episode in the DMV that resulted in both of them getting into a fight is always timeless – and special to any Martin fan. And, of course, there’s this one: they all experienced defeat after defeat from the USA Women’s Basketball team, Tommy stood strong with Martin, Cole, and Air Gordon. Tommy never faltered under the pressure of Thanksgiving. To clarify, a fight that would have never occurred if Gina and Pam had not ridden in Hearns’ limo, Tommy was Martin’s coach when it was time to fight Tommy “Hitman” Hearns. And that’s what Tommy did, Tommy was Martin’s coach when it was time to fight Tommy “Hitman” Hearns. All any man can ever hope for is for his friend to support him.

Lawrence Martin, @martinlawrence, @thecarlpayne, and @tichinaarnold, I ask you to please take a moment to send positive thoughts, prayers, or words up for my close friend and fallen co-star. Unfortunately, I cannot make anything else happen for the show’s pop culture impact, discuss interviews, group sit-downs, or photo opportunities. Yesterday, Campbell-Martin took to Instagram to pour out liquor for her fallen co-star and close friend. What she said next is where the message resonated on a different level. “I love you @tichinaarnold @thecarlpayne @martinlawrence.” It has been years since Martin, Gina, Pam, Cole, and Tommy, the comedic “Fab Five,” would reunite.

However, Death has an uncanny ability to bring people together, as forgiveness does. It was truly transformative and hilariously authentic, making it one of the bittersweet endings in television history. But, it’s not easy to forget Martin, as it reportedly went off the air in 1997 due to low ratings, falling out between Lawrence and Campbell-Martin over allegations of physical abuse and sexual harassment.