Ford, Thomas Mikal

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FORD, Thomas Mikal

(Tommy Ford, Tommy A. Ford)


Education: University of Southern California, degree; attended junior college.

Career: Actor and motivational speaker. Model T Ford Entertainment, partner; Atwater Production, executive director of production and development; Enteracktion (animation company), former partner. Also producer, director, and writer of stage plays. Appeared in commercials. Be Still and Know (nonprofit organization for youth), founder and chief executive officer; Inner City Youth Cultivation Counsel, president; Tommy Ford–Ken Sagoes Miniature Golf Classic, cofounder; also affiliated with Black Parenting and with Dangerfield Institute for Foster Care.

Awards, Honors: Image Award nomination, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, 1996, for Martin; Volunteer Recognition Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews (now National Conference for Community and Justice).


Television Appearances; Series:

(As Tommy Ford) Reggie Patterson, Singer & Sons, NBC, 1990.

Rafer Freeman, Uncle Buck, CBS, 1990–1991.

Thomas "Tommy" Strong, Martin, Fox, 1992–1997.

Lieutenant Malcolm Barker, New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1998.

(Sometimes using the name Tommy Ford) Mel Parker, The Parkers, UPN, 1999–2001.

Rotating host for the series Live in L.A., Black Entertainment Television.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Detective Siegel, Against the Law, Showtime, 1997.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

(As Tommy Ford) Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, syndicated, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Tommy Ford) Police officer, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1987.

Lamar Collins, "The Thing about Women," A Different World, NBC, 1989.

Mickey Maxwell, "Deals and Wheels: Part 1," Booker, Fox, 1989.

(As Tommy A. Ford) Harry Pincher, "The Reaper's Helper," Law & Order, NBC, 1990.

Concasseur, "The Walking Dead," MacGyver, ABC, 1991.

Elliot Cotrell, "Beat the Clock," The Flash, CBS, 1991.

"Slow Violence," Veronica Clare, Lifetime, 1991.

Michael Edwards, "Whose Date Is It Anyway?," Living Single, Fox, 1993.

Guest host, Soul Train, syndicated, 1996, 1997.

Marcus Carrington, "Homie, Lover, Friend," The Jamie Foxx Show, The WB, 1999.

Pastor Jones, "Ghosts from the Past," The Pretender, NBC, 2000.

Mr. Crow (some sources cite Mr. Crawford), "Redheaded Stepchild," Judging Amy, CBS, 2001.

Himself, "Martin Lawrence: Comic Trip," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Voice of Mr. Webb, "I Had a Dream," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2002.

Appeared in an episode of Loose Cannon, The WB.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Payday, Nasty Boys, NBC, 1989.

Television Work; Pilots:

Director and producer of the pilot The Crazy Life.

Film Appearances:

(As Tommy Ford) Hubert, Deathly Realities, 1985.

Tommy Smalls, Harlem Nights, Paramount, 1989.

(As Tommy A. Ford) Ed Lubin (court stenographer), Q &A, TriStar, 1990.

Coach Walsh, Across the Tracks, Desert Productions, 1991.

Transvestite, The Butcher's Wife, Paramount, 1991.

Herman, Night and the City, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1992.

Mink, Class Act, Warner Bros., 1992.

Police officer, Brain Donors (also known as Lame Ducks), Paramount, 1992.

Arnie Altman, Mr. Jones, TriStar, 1993.

(As Tommy A. Ford) Phil the peddler, A Bronx Tale, Savoy Pictures, 1993.

The Kangaroo, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

What Ever Happened to Black Love, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, 2004.

Affiliated with the productions Distant Fires, Living Room, Monsoon Christmas, and South of Where We Live.

Stage Work:

Director of Jonin.

Major Tours:

What Ever Happened to Black Love, U.S. cities, 2004.



"Sister, I'm Sorry": Start the Healing Today, 1998.


Performed for the recording Sister, I'm Sorry—The Healing Continues; executive producer of the album Tommy Ford Presents Broderick E. Rice Alive.


Writings for Children:

Author of children's workbooks, including Be Still and Know and Stop the Violence!



Tennessean, October 1, 2000.


Tommy Ford Home Page,, August 30, 2004.

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