Charles Ford (outlaw)
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|Charles Wilson Ford|
July 9, 1857|
Ray County, Missouri, USA
|Died||May 6, 1884
Richmond, Missouri, USA
Charles Wilson "Charley" Ford (July 9, 1857 – May 6, 1884) was an outlaw, and member of the James Gang. He was the lesser known brother of Robert Ford, the killer of Jesse James. After a period of deep depression following James' death and terminally ill from tuberculosis and a debilitating morphine addiction, Charles Ford committed suicide on May 6, 1884.
Charles Ford was one of the seven Ford children born to James Thomas Ford and Mary Ann Bruin:
- John Thomas Ford (b: November 6, 1847)
- Martha Elizabeth Ford (b: April 22, 1849)
- Elias Capline Ford (b: July 10, 1853)
- Amanda Francis Ford (b: April 1, 1855)
- Charles Wilson Ford (b: July 9, 1857)
- Wilber Pottuck Ford (b: November 19, 1859)
- Robert Newton Ford (b: January 31, 1862)
In popular culture
- Charles Ford is played by Sam Rockwell in the 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, based on the novel by Ron Hansen.
- Christopher Guest stars as Ford in 1980's western film The Long Riders.
- Alexis Arquette portrayed Ford in the 1994 film Frank & Jesse.
- Paul Frees portrayed Charley Ford on the CBS radio show Crime Classics on July 20th, 1953 in the episode entitled "The Death of a Picture Hanger."
- The Complete List of Old West Outlaws - Last Name Begins with E-G(bottom of page)
- "Suicide of Charles Ford.". New York Times. May 7, 1884. p. 5. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
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