Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence’s best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit ’90s sitcom “Martin,” was found dead on Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 52.
The actor played the level-headed pal of Lawrence on “Martin” for the show’s entire five-year run. One running joke was about his apparent lack of employment, prompting the catch phrase: “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. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”
Family spokeswoman Joy Pervis confirmed Ford’s death but gave no cause.
In recent weeks, Ford posted on Instagram about having knee replacement surgery and said that he was being diligent about physical therapy and looked forward to returning to work.
Ford had other TV parts, notable as Lt. Malcolm Barker on Fox’s “New York Undercover” and as Mel Parker on UPN’s “The Parkers” as well as playing the Pope of Comedy on TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes” with Bill Bellamy.
The exact cause of death has yet to be fully disclosed and family members are requesting privacy during these trying times.
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