Charles Bickford (born January 1, 1891; died November 9, 1967) was an American actor, who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He spent his early years as a drifter and then joined a road company, travelling about the United States and appearing the productions. Appearing in a Broadway play, "Outside Looking in," he was noticed by Cecil B. DeMille and offered a contract with MGM. Unfortunately, this association did not work out, and Bickford became an independent actor for several years. Later, he signed with Twentieth Century Fox.
Due to scarring from an accident with a lion and his increasing age, he was no longer suitable for leading roles. Bickford turned to character acting and established himself firmly on the silver screen in many roles. He continued to act for the remainder of his life. In his final years he acted as owner of Shiloh Ranch on The Virginian TV series. He died a few days after filming a 1967 Virginian segment.
Bickford was nominated three times for an Academy Award.
Bickford died in Los Angeles, California.