Thomas Mikal Ford, Known for His Role in ’90s Sitcom ‘Martin,’ Dies at 52


Thomas Mikal Ford, left, in 1996 with other cast members of the television series “Martin.”


Thomas Mikal Ford, an actor known for his portrayal of the pragmatic yet charming character Tommy in the 1990s television sitcom “Martin,” died on Wednesday. He was 52.

His death was confirmed in a family statement released by the J Pervis Talent Agency. A cause of death was not immediately available, but news accounts said he had an abdominal aneurysm and died in a hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Ford had knee replacement surgery last week, according to his Instagram account.

Mr. Ford, who was named Tommy Mykal but who used a slightly different stage name, appeared in more than 80 movies, videos and television productions dating to the 1980s.

He was probably best remembered for his role as Thomas (Tommy) Strawn from 1992 to 1997 on “Martin,” which featured the comedian Martin Lawrence. Mr. Ford’s Tommy was often the subject of and the straight man for Mr. Lawrence’s jokes. A running gag on the show was Tommy’s lofty aspirations paired with his fuzzy employment status, which often played out with other characters reminding him that he had no job.