|Nic Robuck as James Ford|
|One Life to Live|
|Portrayed by||Nic Robuck|
|First appearance||June 9, 2010|
|Created by||Frank Valentini|
|Born||1991 (age 29–30)|
Casting & Character Creation
Actor Nic Robuck reveals in an interview with ABC Daytime that his pairing with Starr (Kristen Alderson) is a big hit with fans, "We have fans that wait outside the studio every day with pictures, and they talk about the storyline. They always ask, 'Are you and Starr going to get together?' I always tell them, 'You'll just have to wait and see." Robuck also describes his character James,
|“||James is a survivor ... [he's] tough. That encompasses a lot of things. Survivors have to overcome hurdles and break down walls. He is a survivor ... but he does have emotion, and he cares a lot about the people in his life. He is a middle child. He's [the more] even-keeled [brother] among the three.||”|
Originally, Robuck was just supposed to be brought as Starr's new lover interest, but when the writers noticed the resemblance between himself and co-star David A. Gregory who plays Robert Ford, they decided to make them brothers. Robuck appeared on The Young and the Restless as a waiter at the Genoa City Athletic Club from 2008 to 2010. He has also appeared on CSI Miami and the Nickelodeon sitcom, iCarly.
According to James, he and his brother are raised in Dayton, Ohio. Their father is a criminal who runs a chop shop and he forces James into his crew when he is only 15. Their father is abusive but Robert manages to get a scholarship for film school and moves to California leaving James in his father's hands. James decides he wants out so he steals $50,000 from his father and hides it. Their father sends one of his thugs, Bull after James.
James is first seen as a stranger talking to Starr Manning about the problems in their lives. Later that day, James is revealed to be the little brother of Robert Ford who is nearly beaten to death. James's voice helps Ford regain consciousness. When police come in to question his brother James leaves and bumps into Bull. James finds his way to the parking garage where he bumps into Starr whose having car trouble. After fixing her car, Bull finally catches up to him and James demands that Starr get in the car with him. As they speed away, Starr loses her purse.
James shows up again when he realizes that Bull is after Starr. The two escpae to her aunt Viki's cabin where James opens up about his abusive criminal father. James tells her that he stoll $50, 000 from his father so he wouldn't have to work for his dad. Starr and James decide the only way to get the money is to steal a car worth as much as he owes Bull. After stealing the car, the two end up in a car wreck after Starr's attempt to keep James from hiting an animal sends them into a tree. Though both of them are ok, the car isn't worth anything. James decides to turn himself into Bull promising to work off the money he owes. Though he tells her to stay away, Starr follows him to the abandoned barn were he is meeting Bull. Starr's father Todd Manning also arrives with $50, 000 in exchange for his other daughter, Dani's boyfriend, Nate Salinger. As the situation starts to unravel with Bull and Todd fighting, James picks up a shovel attempting to knock Bull out as Starr grabs Bull's gun and accidentally shoots James. Fortunately, James makes it through surgery and shortly after he tells Starr he has feelings for her. Starr tells James that they can never see one another again. James later learns that Nate's mother, Inez is the mother who abandoned him and Bobby when they were kids. He then begins dating Langston Wilde to make Starr jealous. Starr, James and Langston all enroll in Llanview University around the same time and are surprised to learn the Ford is teaching a class that they are all taking. When Starr learns from Robert that her mother's fiancée, Elijah Clarke is actually a serial killer and her boyfriend Cole Thornhart knew about it, she is furious; James goes to comfort her.
- "James Ford". soaps.sheknows.com. http://soaps.sheknows.com/onelifetolive/cast/867/James_Ford/. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
- James Character Profile.SoapCentral.com