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Thomas Mikal Ford (1962 - 2016)

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Thomas Mikal Ford (1962 - 2016)

Thomas Mikal Ford, a star of TV's "Martin" and "New York Undercover," died Wednesday, Oct. 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.

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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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