Best known for his role as “Tommy” on the hit FOX television comedy, “MARTIN”, Tommy Ford is one of the most familiar personalities to emerge in African-American popular television culture. Whether as an actor, author, producer, director or motivational speaker, Tommy has found success in every endeavor he has chosen to take on.
A Los Angeles native, Tommy graduated from the prestigious Fine Arts Acting Program of USC, and soon after landed his first television role on NBC’s, A Different World. Shortly thereafter, he made his feature film debut in Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Knights. His feature film debut quickly led to numerous film appearances with such notable actors as Richard Gere, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt. In addition to film, Tommy has had recurring and guest star roles on many television shows appearing in fan favorites such as Law and Order, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, Judging Amy and House. Whether playing the fun-loving father of UPN’s comedy, The Parkers or the calm yet cunning Lieutenant on FOX’s New York Undercover, his versatility and mastery of his craft is undeniable.
Tommy is currently in his third season as the charming and hilarious Pope of Comedy on TV One’s hit show, “WHO’S GOT JOKES!” He has recently completed several television and film projects including three new pilots: Night Life directed by Zach Braff for the FOX network; Police a John Wells Production for NBC; Jamilia’s Box and Hitched for Aaron Spelling’s Production Company. In addition, Tommy recently produced and starred in a film short entitled “The Club” which is receiving industry wide attention and acclaim.
Despite being blessed with three shows in syndication and a reputation as an award winning director and actor, Tommy remains firmly grounded and committed to the community. He is founder and president of BE STILL AND KNOW, INC., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building better communities for youth. His love and passion for children and youth led him to author a series of children’s books designed to provide healthy, spiritual and positive principles for daily living. In an effort to spread his message of encouragement and empowerment to children, youth and adults alike, he travels tirelessly as a speaker motivating and mesmerizing audiences in America and abroad.
His dedication to community service has garnered him recognition and praise from local and national public service agencies. Tommy received the Volunteer Recognition Award fromthe National Conference of Community and Justice for his Humanitarian efforts and inducted into Florida’s prestigious “500 ROLE MODELS PROGRAM”.
With a successful career in entertainment that has spanned over 20 years, Tommy remains humble, focused and determined to fulfill his purpose of service by living a life full of love, laughter and family.