Cast of 'Martin'

During the 1990s, one of the greatest television mysteries was what Tommy did for a living on the show Martin.

Tommy would always show up, nicely dressed and with cash in his pockets, and not even his best friends Martin and Cole knew what he did.

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Now, Tisha Campbell-Martin is spilling the beans on the decades-long mystery.

“Tommy really did have a job; I’ll give you a hint,” Campbell-Martin said. “The woman I was gonna fight, she was Martin’s teacher, Beverly Johnson; in that episode that’s the first time you hear about Tommy’s job.”

The ‘Tommy’ portion starts around the 26:00 min. mark:

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“So Tommy talks about him being in the Boys & Girls Club,” she went on before ultimately revealing, “He was a counselor at the Boys & Girls Club. That’s what he did for a living.”

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She went on to say that the joke about Tommy’s job happened because Tommy’s actor, Thomas Mikal Ford, complained that he didn’t have much to work with in terms of character background.

“Tommy was complaining, ‘I don’t think they’re developing my character enough. No one knows what I do for a job; they keep asking me what I do!’ ” she said. “So then they started putting in the script that Tommy has no job.”