|David A. Gregory as Robert Ford|
|One Life to Live|
|Portrayed by||David A. Gregory|
|First appearance||August 2009|
(by James and Inez)
(he just goes by his last name)
|Age||1986 (age 30–31)|
|Occupation|| Teacher's Assistant @ Llanview University|
|Residence||Apartment w/ Cristian & Layla|
Robert Ford is a fictional character from the ABC original soap opera, One Life to Live. The role of Ford is originated by David A. Gregory on August 10, 2009 on a recurring basis. Gregory was upgraded to contract status in December 2009.
Robert Ford, going by his last name, showed up in Llanview in August 2009 as the young producer of a reality television show David Vickers was trying to film. After being rejected by his ex-wife, Dorian Lord at La Boulaie, the film crew went to Llanfair and tried to secretly tape David's interactions with his friend, Victoria Lord. But when Jessica Brennan saw someone hiding in the bushes, she assumed it was the stalker who had been following her and bashed the person over the head, only to find out that the person was Ford. After Viki kicked David out, the film crew moved on to the Buchanan mansion and took up temporary residence in the horse stables. Langston Wilde went looking for her boyfriend Markko Rivera, who was working as the cameraman, when she spied Ford trying to beat the heat by pouring a bucket of water over his head and bare chest. Langston likes what she sees but is embarrassed when Ford sees her watching him. They chatted about the reality show and seemed to hit it off, but then Markko interrupted and Ford took off. Later, Ford quits and leaves town after realizing the reality show idea was a flop.
On New Year's Eve, Ford surprises Langston by showing up at Ultraviolet. Langston has thought about Ford often since their encounter in the stables, and Ford said he had been thinking about her too. When Markko interrupts them, he was dismayed to learn that Ford had taken a job at Llanview University as a teaching assistant in the very class that Markko would be taking. Ford hit on Layla Williamson while working out at the gym but backed off after learning she was dating Cristian Vega. When Ford needs a place to stay, Layla, Cris and then roommate, Fish invites him to stay with them.
Ford tells Cris that he is smitten with a younger woman, and Cris assumes she is a college student, not the highschool senior Langston. Langston confides in her cousin Blair that she has fantasized about Ford while having sex with Markko, and Blair warns Langston to stay away from Ford. When Ford shows up at Langston's 18th Birthday party, she secretly makes out with Ford. After interrupting them, Blair tells Ford to go after someone his own age and plants a wet kiss on Ford. Later, Blair invites Ford to La Boulaie to prove to Langston that Ford is only interested in sex; when Ford arrives, he pretends that he only came there to tell Blair to back off, and Langston falls for his lies. Ford accuses Langston of playing it safe with Markko and eventually gets Langston into bed. Langston and Ford continue there affair, although Langston is unaware of Ford's other pursuits. Llanview University student Hannah O'Connor, who had been paired up with Cole Thornhart on a class project, confided in Cole that she had recently broken up with her boyfriend and then gotten involved with an older man, a teaching assistant at Llanview University who dumped her after they had sex. After Hannah nearly overdoses on pills, Cole learned that the man was Ford. Ford also is having casual sex with Karen, the pizza delivery girl. Hannah confronts Ford at the diner, in front of Cole and Markko, about dumping her after they had sex. But Ford manages to convince everyone that Hannah is stalking him and they never had.
When Langston's best friend and roommate Starr Manning comes home to find Langston and Ford together, with an open condom wrapper on the floor, Langston admitts she is having sex with Ford. But Langston refuses to break it off with Ford, going so far as to lie to Starr and Cole that she had broken up with him. Langston briefly considers actually breaking up with Ford when Markko nearly catches them together at the Palace Hotel and Ford embarress Markko. But Ford tells Langston that she is the one making Markko look like a fool, and then Ford tells Langston that he is falling in love with her. The two are later caught kissing by Destiny Evans who tells her friend, Matthew Buchanan. When Destiny and Matthew are deciding whether to tell Markko, there conversation is accidentally recorded on Markko's video camera.
On Prom night, Ford asks Langston to come over and she says that she can't but later changes her mind. Meanwhile, Ford invites Karen over and Langston finds them having sex. Ford manages to convince Langston that his thing with Karen was just a one time thing, and they start kissing as Markko walks in. He is furious and after a few heated words, punches Ford out. Ford then tells Langston that they never had anything real, it was just sex. Ford later finds Jessica [who thinks she's in highschool] crying on his doorstep after Cristian rejects her and proposes to Layla. Ford convinces her that sex will help her forget about how Cristian hurt her and the two got to bed together. But before anything happens, Jessica remembers her father Mitch Laurence trying to rape her. Ford attempts to calm her down, which is how he is last seen until Cristian and Layla find him brutally beaten.
On June 9, 2010, Ford is visited by his younger brother, James.