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DiedJune 5, 1910, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseSara Lindsey Coleman, Athol Estes
FactWorked as a draftsman in the Texas General Land Office (Austin), and is believed to have illustrated J. W. Wilbarger's "Indian Depredations in Texas" (1889).

O. Henry was an American writer. His real name was William Sydney Porter. He was born on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His father, Algernon Sidney Porter, was a doctor. His mother, Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter, died when William was three years old. William’s father remarried in 1866. William had three half-siblings: Margaret Louise, Alice Ruth, and Nathaniel Porter.

William was educated at home by his stepmother and father until he was fifteen years old. He then attended his uncle’s school in Greensboro. In 1879, he was sent to live with his aunt in rural North Carolina to recover from a case of typhoid fever. While there, he began to write.

In 1881, William’s father died, and he was forced to return to Greensboro to support his family. He took a job as a clerk in a local store. In 1882, he became a licensed pharmacist. In 1884, he began working for the Greensboro Patriot, a newspaper. In 1886, he moved to New York City to work for a newspaper called The World.

In 1887, William’s aunt died, and he returned to Greensboro. He took a job as a bookkeeper for a local bank. In 1888, he was caught embezzling money from the bank and was sent to prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories.

After his release from prison in 1897, William moved to Austin, Texas, where he took a job as a reporter for a local newspaper. It was here that he began using the pen name “O. Henry.” In 1898, he married Athol Estes. The couple had one child, Margaret Worth Porter.

In 1901, O. Henry’s wife died of tuberculosis. O. Henry continued to write short stories and gained a reputation as a master of the short story form. In 1903, he published his first book of short stories, Cabbages and Kings. In 1904, he moved to New York City.

In 1905, O. Henry’s second book of short stories, The Four Million, was published. This book was very successful and established O. Henry as one of the most popular writers of his time. He continued to write short stories and published several more books of short stories over the next few years.

In 1910, O. Henry married again, this time to Zell Ingram. The couple had one child, Margaret Worth Porter Ingram.

O. Henry continued to write short stories until his death from pneumonia on June 5, 1910.

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Full NameO. Henry
DiedJune 5, 1910, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.7 m


SpouseSara Lindsey Coleman, Athol Estes
ChildrenMargaret Worth Porter
ParentsAlgernon Sidney Porter, Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter
SiblingsDavid Weir Porter, Shirley Worth Porter


MoviesAlias Jimmy Valentine, O. Henry's Full House, Ruthless People, Raincoat, The Gay Cavalier, The Gay Amigo, Doctor Rhythm, Viva Cisco Kid, Satan's Cradle, South of the Rio Grande, Robin Hood of Monterey, Ride on Vaquero, Beauty and the Bandit, South of Monterey, Riding the California Trail, Romance of...

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1A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.
2[his reported last words] Please turn on the light. I don't want to go home in the dark.
3If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.
4Life is sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
5Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of life.
6Write what you like; there is no other rule.


1Worked as a draftsman in the Texas General Land Office (Austin), and is believed to have illustrated J. W. Wilbarger's "Indian Depredations in Texas" (1889).
2Second wife Sara Lindsey Coleman was his childhood sweetheart.
3In 1888, his wife gave birth to a premature son, who died a few hours later. Their daughter Margaret Worth Porter was born on September 30, 1889.
4Licensed as a pharmacist at 19 (1881). He worked as a pharmacist during his imprisonment for embezzlement (1898-1901).
5Died at the age of forty seven. An alcoholic, he died virtually penniless.
6His only formal education was received at the school of his Aunt Lina, where he developed a lifelong love of books.
7Porter is said to have derived the pen-name O. Henry from the name of a girlfriend's cat.
8Though many sources indicate O. Henry's real name as "William Sydney Porter", his middle name at birth was actually Sidney with an "i". He changed the spelling of his middle name to "Sydney" when he began working for newspapers in the 1880s.
9Arrested and convicted of embezzling funds from the bank that employed him, he was sent to the penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio to serve a five year sentence. He began writing his by-now famous short stories in prison in order to help support his daughter, Margaret. He was released after three years and soon after changed his pen name to O. Henry.



The Fifth Wheel1918Short story
Compliments of the Season1918Short story
The Moment of Victory1918Short story
The Hiding of Black Bill1918Short story
The Fourth in Salvador1918Short story
The Atavism of Tom1917Short
Two Renegades1917Short story
The Enchanted Kiss1917Short story
One Dollar's Worth1917Short story
The Last Leaf1917Short story
Hygeia at the Solito1917Short story
The Skylight Room1917story
I Will Repay1917story "A Municipal Report"
The Renaissance at Charleroi1917story
Law and Order1917Short story
A Night in New Arabia1917story
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson1917story
The Lonesome Road1917
The Guilty Party1917Short story
John Tom Little Bear1917Short story
The Furnished Room1917Short story
Blind Man's Holiday1917story
The Defeat of the City1917story
The Duplicity of Hargraves1917story
The Last of the Troubadours1917story
The Coming Out of Maggie1917story
The Venturers1917story
A Departmental Case1917Short story
A Little Speck in Garnered Fruit1917story
No Story1917story
Strictly Business1917Short story
The Gold That Glittered1917Short story
The Love Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein1917Short story
A Service of Love1917Short story
Vanity and Some Sables1917Short story
Past One at Rooney's1917Short story
The Cop and the Anthem1917Short story
Madame Bo-Peep1917story "Madame Bo-Peep of the Ranches"
The Green Door1917Short story
The Marionettes1917Short story
The Gift of the Magi1917Short story
The Third Ingredient1917Short story
Friends in San Rosario1917Short story
Liubvi syurprizy tshchetnye1916story "The Gift of the Magi"
A Christmas Revenge1915Short story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift"
Alias Jimmy Valentine1915story "A Retrieved Reformation"
Jimmy Hayes and Muriel1914Short story
The Stirrup Brother; or, The Higher Abdication1914Short story
The Saving Presence1914Short story
The Caballero's Way1914Short
The Reformation of Calliope1913Short writer
The Badge of Policeman O'Roon1913Short writer
All on Account of an Egg1913Short story
Hearts and Crosses1913Short story
A Splendid Scapegrace1913Short story "A Blackjack Bargainer"
Friends in San Rosario1912Short story
A Western Prince Charming1912Short story
Thirty Days at Hard Labor1912Short story "Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss"
The Mexican's Gratitude1911story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift"
Pat Clancy's Adventure1911Short story "The Shamrock and the Palm"
The Trapper's Five Dollar Bill1911Short story "The Whirligig of Life"
The Ransom of Red Chief1911Short story
A Summer Tragedy1910Short story "Transients in Arcadia"
His Masterpiece1909Short story
His Duty1909Short story
Trying to Get Arrested1909Short story
The Sacrifice1909/IShort story "The Gift of the Magi"
RacunTV Movie novel post-production
Twenty Years2017Short short story
Henry2016/IShort written by
Az utolsó levél2015Short original story
The Green Door2015Short short story
Blue Butterfly2014Short adapted from the story
Lootera2013/Ishort story "The Last Leaf"
Darovete Na Vlahvite2013Short
Gift of the Magi2010TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
Makes the Whole World Kin2009Short story
Shadows in the Wind2009Short short story "The Last Leaf"
Gift of the Magi2008Short based on the short story by
Smesne i druge price2004TV Mini-Series novel - 1 episode
The Last Leaf2004Video short written by
Raincoat2004adapted from the story "Gift of Magi"
The Last Leaf2003Short short story
The Gift of the Magi2001Short story
By Courier2000Short story
The Ransom of Red Chief1998TV Movie short story
Wishbone's Dog Days of the West1998TV Movie stories Heart of the West
Tietäjien lahja1997TV Movie short story - as O'Henry
Koroli i kapusta1996story
O. Henry's Christmas1996TV Movie short stories - segments "The Last Leaf", "One Thousand Dollars", "The Gift of the Magi"
The Cisco Kid1994TV Movie character
Silent Love1994Short story
The Last Leaf1993Short short story
Princese un puma1986Short story
Ruthless People1986story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Jimmy Valentine1985TV Short story "A Retrieved Reformation"
Chertyonok s pushistym khvostom1985Short
Barg o bad1984short story
The Last Leaf1983Short story
Trest, kotoryy lopnul1983TV Mini-Series book "A noble swindler" - 3 episodes
CBS Library1982TV Series story "The Chaparral Prince" - 1 episode
ABC Weekend SpecialsTV Series story - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1979 story "A Retrieved Reformation" - 1 episode, 1977
The Gift of the Magi1978TV Movie
Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji1978TV Movie novel
The Gift of Love1978TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
A Pink Christmas1978TV Short short story "The Cop and the Anthem" - as O'Henry
Dzhentlmeny, kotorym ne povezlo1977TV Movie story
Great Mysteries1974TV Series story - 2 episodes
Ostatni lisc1973TV Movie short story - as O'Henry
Ficciones1973TV Series 1 episode
Hora once1972TV Series 1 episode
Alta comediaTV Series based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1971 story - 1 episode, 1971
Kogda more smeyotsya1971TV Movie novel
Koroli i kapusta1970book
Kun ympäri käydään...1967TV Movie short story "The Whirligig Of Life"
Jim Valentines großer Coup1967TV Movie short story
À la belle étoile1966TV Movie short story "The Cop and the Anthem"
Magnetické vlny lécí1965TV Movie short story "Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet"
Policajt a chorál1965Short short story "The Cop and the Anthem"
Úkryt cerného Billa1965Short short story "The Hiding of Black Bill" - as O'Henry
Estudio 31964TV Series 2 episodes
Potouchlé skotacinky zivota1964Short story
Winterquartier1963TV Movie novel
Jeff und Andy, zwei Unschuldsengel1963TV Series 6 episodes
Novogodisnji poklon1962TV Movie
Price iz hotela1962TV Movie novels
Prva ljubav1962TV Movie novel
Tri price o Dzefu Pitersu1962TV Movie novels
Pakinateatteri1962TV Series writer - 1 episode
Delovye lyudi1962stories "The Roads We Take", "Makes the Whole World Kin" and "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Mrs. Billings' Scheidung1961TV Movie novel - as O'Henry
Habitación de alquiler1960Short story
Qiu feng can ye1960story
The Ransom of Red Chief1959TV Movie story
Gangster Boss1959orginal short story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Servisna stanica1959TV Series novel - 1 episode
The Gift of the Magi1958TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
The O. Henry Playhouse1957TV Series story - 43 episodes
Kraft Theatre1956TV Series story - 1 episode
The Cisco KidTV Series character - 118 episodes, 1950 - 1956 characters - 38 episodes, 1950 - 1956
The Red Skelton HourTV Series story - 1 episode, 1955 story "The Cop and the Anthem" - 1 episode, 1954
Ponds Theater1953TV Series writer - 1 episode
General Electric Theater1953TV Series writer - 1 episode
O. Henry's Full House1952story - uncredited
Nash Airflyte Theatre1950TV Series story - 1 episode
The Girl from San Lorenzo1950character
Satan's Cradle1949character
The Daring Caballero1949character
The Gay Amigo1949character
The Valiant Hombre1948based on characters by
Black Eagle1948story "The Passing of Black Eagle"
King of the Bandits1947character
Robin Hood of Monterey1947character
Riding the California Trail1947character creator
Beauty and the Bandit1946character
South of Monterey1946character
The Gay Cavalier1946character
South of the Rio Grande1945character
The Cisco Kid in Old New Mexico1945character
The Cisco Kid Returns1945character
Ride on Vaquero1941character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
Romance of the Rio Grande1941character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
The Gay Caballero1940based on the character The Cisco Kid created by - as William Sydney Porter
Lucky Cisco Kid1940character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
Viva Cisco Kid1940character - as William Sydney Porter
The Cisco Kid and the Lady1939suggested by: the character of the Cisco Kid created by - as William Sidney Porter {O. Henry}
The Llano Kid1939story "Double Dyed Deceiver"
Dotor Rhythm1938story "The Badge of Policeman O'Roon"
Velikiy uteshitel1933story "A Retrieved Information"
The Cisco Kid1931story
The Texan1930story "The Double-Dyed Deceiver"
Tokkan kozô1929Short story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Fragmentos da vida1929Short story
In Old Arizona1928story "The Caballero's Way"
Alias Jimmy Valentine1928story "A Retrieved Reformation" - uncredited
Suite Homes1927Short story
Cupid and the Clock1927Short story
A Man About Town1927Short story
Girls1927Short story
Roses and Romance1927Short story
Babes in the Jungle1926Short story
Marry Month of May1926Short story
The Complete Life1926Short story
A Lickpenny Lover1926Short story
A Social Triangle1926Short story
From a Cabby's Seat1926Short story
Elsie in New York1926Short story
Cupid à la Carte1926Short story
Failure1925Short story
Transients in Arcadia1925Short story
Shoes1925Short story
Fortune's Mask1922story
An Unwilling Hero1921story "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking"
Roads of Destiny1921story
An Afternoon Miracle1920Short story
A Ruler of Men1920Short story
The Call Loan1920Short story
The Church with an Overshot Wheel1920Short story
The Day Resurgent1920Short story
The Dream1920Short story
The Passing of Black Eagle1920Short story
The Ransom of Mack1920Short story
The Roads We Take1920Short story
Trimble, Trimble1920Short story
While the Auto Waits1920Short story
A Double-Dyed Deceiver1920story
Thimble, Thimble1920Short story
The Garter Girl1920story "The Momento"
A Philistine in Bohemia1920Short story
Alias Jimmy Valentine1920story "A Retrieved Reformation"
The Friendly Call1920Short story
Telemachus, Friend1920Short story
The Ghost of a Chance1919Short story
The Buried Treasure1919Short story
The Guardian of the Accolade1919Short story
You're Fired1919story "The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss"
Shocks of Doom1919Short story
The Unknown Quantity1919story
The Border Terror1919Short story "The Caballero's Way"
Everybody's Girl1918story "Brick Dust Row"
Transients in Arcadia1918Short story
A Bird of Bagdad1918Short story
The Changing Woman1918story "A Matter of Mean Elevation"
The Marquis and Miss Sally1918Short story
Springtime à la Carte1918Short story
Mammon and the Archer1918Short story
The Trimmed Lamp1918Short story
One Thousand Dollars1918story
The Girl and the Graft1918Short story
Sisters of the Golden Circle1918Short story
The Enchanted Profile1918Short story
Find the Woman1918story "Cherchez la Femme"
The Brief Debut of Tildy1918Short story
The Song and the Sergeant1918Short story
A Ramble in Aphasia1918Short story
Tobin's Palm1918Short story
The Purple Dress1918Short story
Lost on Dress Parade1918story
A Madison Square Arabian Night1918Short story
An American Live Wire1918story "The Lotus and the Bottle"
The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball1918Short story
The Thing's the Play1918Short story
Schools and Schools1918Short story
By Injunction1918Short story

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