Earlier this week, we lost someone near and dear to our culture. Tommy Ford, best known for his role as Tommy Strawn on Martin, passed away at the age of 52. He was recovering from knee replacement surgery that he underwent a few weeks back when he fell unconscious. An aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen and on Wednesday, Tommy died at a hospital in Atlanta.
If you grew up in the 90s like I did, then I’m sure you sat in front of your TV awaiting the FOX lineup that was Martin, Living Single, and New York Undercover every Thursday night. To this day, reruns of Martin air and if you’re a true fan like I am, you still watch them as if you’ve never seen them before. Tommy, Martin’s right-hand man, was one of the most memorable character on the show. For years we’ve wondered what he did for a living, we laughed every time he called Cole stupid, and we always knew there was a lie following his infamous stutter, “Uh ruh…”
Fun fact: Tommy is the only character to appear in all 132 episodes of the show. So, in memory of Tommy, we take a trip down memory lane and relive his best moments on Martin.