Martin cast ages: How old was the cast then (and now)?

"Martin: The Reunion" Private Screening And Experience
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One of the best and most iconic '90s Black sitcoms is now streaming on Netflix. We're talking about Martin, and all five seasons of the show are available to watch on the streaming platform. It has joined other popular Black sitcoms currently streaming on Netflix, such as The Jamie Foxx Show, Girlfriends, The Parkers, The Game, The Upshaws, etc.

Martin centers around the life of Detroit radio and television personality Martin Payne and his relationship with his girlfriend, Gina Waters. It also follows the everyday lives of their friends, Cole, Tommy, and Pam.

Stand-up comedian and actor Martin Lawrence starred as the titular character, Martin Payne, while Tisha Campbell portrayed the role of Gina Waters. In addition, Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole), Thomas Mikal Ford (Tommy), Tichina Arnold (Pam), and many others were in the cast.

Since it's been over 31 years since the show first came out, you might be wondering where the cast is now in 2024. How old are they? No worries! We shared the current ages of some of the cast members and more juicy deets below.

Martin Lawrence
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How old is Martin Lawrence?

As mentioned above, Martin Lawrence played the protagonist in the series, Martin. He was born on April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt, West Germany, making him 58 years old as of March 2024 and his zodiac sign Aries. Additionally, when Martin season 1 came out on Aug. 27, 1992, Lawrence was 27 years old.

Fun facts about Martin Lawrence:

  • Martin was named after Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
  • When Martin was a teen, he used to be really good at boxing. He even became a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender.
  • Martin's first acting gig was playing the role of Maurice Warfield in the TV sitcom What's Happening Now!!.
  • He was engaged to Saved by the Bell actress Lark Voorhies in 1993.
  • Martin has been married twice and has three kids.

Where is he now?

In April 2023, Martin was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He received his star in the category of Television and was surrounded by friends and family. Some of the attendees included actors like Tichina Arnold, Lynn Whitfield, Steve Harvey, and Tracy Morgan. We'll see Martin next in the fourth Bad Boys film, Bad Boys: Ride or Die. It is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 7, 2024.

Tisha Campbell
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How old is Tisha Campbell?

Tisha was born on Oct. 13, 1968, making her 55 years old as of March 2024 and her zodiac sign Libra. Additionally, she was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but raised in Newark, New Jersey. When Martin season 1 premiered, Tisha was 23 years old.

Quick facts about Tisha Campbell:

  • Tisha was married to actor Duane Martin from 1996 to 2020. They have two sons together named Xen and Ezekiel Martin.
  • Tisha made her television debut at the age of six in an episode of the PBS show Big Blue Marble.
  • Tisha suffers from the lung disease sarcoidosis.
  • She's close friends with fellow actresses Vivica A. Fox and Tichina Arnold.
  • Tisha is also a muscian. She released her debut album titled Tisha in 1993.

Where is she now?

In 2023, Tisha was in several TV shows. She appeared as herself on the game shows Name That Tune and The $100,000 Pyramid. She also played the role of Tanika Williams in the TV show Be Someone and Keisha in Act Your Age. Additionally, she played the role of Detective Charice Walker in the TV movie Every Breath She Takes and voiced the role of Pasha in the adult animated series Pantheon. We'll see her next in an upcoming comedy movie called Not Another Church Movie. It's scheduled to be released on May 10, 2024.

Tichina Arnold
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How old is Tichina Arnold?

Tichina Arnold played Pam, Gina's best friend whom Martin absolutely couldn't stand. She was born on June 28, 1969, in Queens, New York City, making her 54 years old as of March 2024 and her zodiac sign Cancer. In addition, she was 23 years old when the first season of Martin premiered on Fox.

Quick facts about Tichina Arnold:

  • Tichina is good friends with other celebrities such as Janet Jackson, Michel'le, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Tisha Campbell, and others.
  • She dated music producer Carvin Haggins from 2002 to 2007, and together they share a daughter named Alijah Kai Haggins.
  • She began her acting career as a child actor.
  • She is set to open her own boutique, where she will rent out some of her clothing to people, including some of her most iconic outfits from Martin.

Where is she now?

Besides opening her own clothing store, Tichina also stars in the CBS comedy sitcom The Neighborhood. She plays the role of Tina Butler. The sixth season is currently airing on CBS, so make sure to check it out.

Carl Anthony Payne II
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How old is Carl Anthony Payne II?

Carl portrayed the role of Cole, one of Martin's close friends. He was born on May 24, 1969 in Clinton, South Carolina, making him 54 years old as of March 2024 and his zodiac sign Gemini. When the first season of Martin began airing on Fox, he was 23 years old like some of his other co-stars.

Fun facts about Carl Anthony Payne II:

  • He was accepted into The Juilliard School but chose to attend Howard University instead.
  • He graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC.
  • He auditioned for the role of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, but he didn't get the part. He would later land the recurring role of Theo's friend Walter "Cockroach" Bradley.
  • He is the stepfather of singer, songwriter, and dancer Bobby Brown's oldest son, Landon.

Where is he now?

He currently stars on Tyler Perry's Young Dylan as Myles Wilson. He's been a main cast member since the show's premiere back in February 2020. The comedy sitcom just recently wrapped up its fourth season on Nickelodeon. It's unclear if there will be a fifth season, though. His upcoming projects are the drama film A Heart That Forgives 2: The Battle Within and the indie horror flick The Grove.

Tommy Ford
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What happened to Thomas Mikal Ford?

Thomas played Thomas "Tommy" Strawn, another one of Martin's close friends in the show. He was born on Sept. 5, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, making his zodiac sign Virgo. Additionally, he was 27 years old when Martin season 1 premiered. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 52 on Oct. 12, 2016. After an aneurysm burst in his abdomen, he was rushed to the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. But unfortunately, he didn't make it with his cause of death being a ruptured abdominal aneurysm.

On the day of his unfortunate passing, an Instagram post from Ford's account was shared with the world. Here's what the post said below.

"To all family and friends of Tommy Ford. We would like to inform everyone that our brother passed away today October 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this challenging time. He was so dearly loved by so many and for that lets all be grateful for a life well served."

Here are the current ages of other cast members in the sitcom:

  • Reginald Ballard as Bruh-Man (Brother Man) - 58 years old
  • Tracy Morgan as Hustle Man - 55 years old
  • Jon Gries as Shawn McDermott - 66 years old
  • Garrett Morris as Stan Winters - 87 years old

Be sure to check out Martin, now streaming on Netflix!

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