Thomas Mikal Ford (born June 15, 1962), known and also credited as Tommy Ford, is an American actor who is best known for his character Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin.
In Martin, Ford played Tommy Strong, the straight man for Martin Lawrence's jokes, but often inserted scene-stealing "bald-headed logic" and witty comments in odd situations. Also, his character was often the butt of many jokes regarding his mysterious employment status. Ford received an NAACP Image Awards nomination in 1996 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
After the demise of Martin, Ford found success in the revamped-for-1998 FOX detective drama New York Undercover. He played the role of Lieutenant Malcolm Barker.
Ford played a key role in the UPN sitcom The Parkers as Nikki's ex-husband (and Kim's father) in a string of episodes. He played Ben Cummings in The Power of Passion as one of the characters whose wife cheats on him with the pastor. His lampoons of stereotypical African-American preachers appear throughout his work, beginning with Martin.
He is also known as The Pope of Comedy, due to exposure as a judge on TV One's comedy competition show Who's Got Jokes? starring Bill Bellamy.
In film, Ford appeared in the Kid 'n Play movie Class Act as Mink, a hustler. In Harlem Nights he played Tommy Smalls, the brother of Arsenio Hall's character. He can also be seen in the 1997 Nancy Allen crime drama Against the Law.
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