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O Henry


Writer whose famous, witty brief stories frequently have shock endings. His best-known functions include The Present from the Magi, The Ransom of Crimson Chief, as well as the Cop as well as the Anthem. He proved helpful in his uncle’s drugstore, with age group nineteen became an authorized pharmacist. He eventually moved to Tx, where he participated in music and movie theater groupings and was utilized being a journalist. His tale, The Gift from the Magi, continues to be reworked and retold often. He was created William Sidney Porter in Greensboro, NEW YORK. His wife, Sarah, divorced him in 1909, and he passed away of liver organ cirrhosis the next calendar year. The couple’s little girl, Margaret, passed on in 1927. Marilyn Monroe starred in the 1952 film, O. Henry’s Total House, a creation predicated on five of O. Henry’s tales.

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Full Name O. Henry
Date Of Birth September 11, 1862
Died June 5, 1910, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Greensboro, NC
Height 1.7 m
Profession Novelist
Nationality American
Spouse Sara Lindsey Coleman, Athol Estes
Children Margaret Worth Porter
Parents Algernon Sidney Porter, Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter
Siblings David Weir Porter, Shirley Worth Porter
Movies O. Henry's Full House, Alias Jimmy Valentine, Raincoat, Ruthless People, The Great Consoler, The Gay Cavalier, The Gay Amigo, Doctor Rhythm, Viva Cisco Kid, Satan's Cradle, The Gay Caballero, South of the Rio Grande, Lucky Cisco Kid, Robin Hood of Monterey, Ride on Vaquero, Beauty and the Bandit, South of Monterey, Riding the California Trail, Romance of the Rio Grande, Fragmentos da vida, Wishbone's Dog Days of the West, Roads of Destiny, The Cisco Kid and the Lady, The Cisco Kid, Cohen and Tate, The Texan, The Sacrifice, The Purple Dress, The Cisco Kid Returns, The Daring Caballero, The Girl from San Lorenzo, The Valiant Hombre, In Old New Mexico, King of the Bandits, You're Fired, An Unwilling Hero, Thirty Days at Hard Labor, Black Eagle, Fortune's Mask, O'Henry's The Last Leaf, The Llano Kid, The Ransom of Red Chief, Silent Love, April in Portugal
Star Sign Virgo

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1 Worked 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).
2 Second wife Sara Lindsey Coleman was his childhood sweetheart.
3 In 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.
4 Licensed as a pharmacist at 19 (1881). He worked as a pharmacist during his imprisonment for embezzlement (1898-1901).
5 Died at the age of forty seven. An alcoholic, he died virtually penniless.
6 His only formal education was received at the school of his Aunt Lina, where he developed a lifelong love of books.
7 Porter is said to have derived the pen-name O. Henry from the name of a girlfriend's cat.
8 Though 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.
9 Arrested 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 Wheel 1918 Short story
Compliments of the Season 1918 Short story
The Moment of Victory 1918 Short story
The Hiding of Black Bill 1918 Short story
The Fourth in Salvador 1918 Short story
The Atavism of Tom 1917 Short
Two Renegades 1917 Short story
The Enchanted Kiss 1917 Short story
One Dollar's Worth 1917 Short story
The Last Leaf 1917 Short story
Hygeia at the Solito 1917 Short story
The Skylight Room 1917 story
I Will Repay 1917 story "A Municipal Report"
The Renaissance at Charleroi 1917 story
Law and Order 1917 Short story
A Night in New Arabia 1917 story
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson 1917 story
The Lonesome Road 1917
The Guilty Party 1917 Short story
John Tom Little Bear 1917 Short story
The Furnished Room 1917 Short story
Blind Man's Holiday 1917 story
The Defeat of the City 1917 story
The Duplicity of Hargraves 1917 story
The Last of the Troubadours 1917 story
The Coming Out of Maggie 1917 story
The Venturers 1917 story
A Departmental Case 1917 Short story
A Little Speck in Garnered Fruit 1917 story
No Story 1917 story
Strictly Business 1917 Short story
The Gold That Glittered 1917 Short story
The Love Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein 1917 Short story
A Service of Love 1917 Short story
Vanity and Some Sables 1917 Short story
Past One at Rooney's 1917 Short story
The Cop and the Anthem 1917 Short story
Madame Bo-Peep 1917 story "Madame Bo-Peep of the Ranches"
The Green Door 1917 Short story
The Marionettes 1917 Short story
The Gift of the Magi 1917 Short story
The Third Ingredient 1917 Short story
Friends in San Rosario 1917 Short story
Liubvi syurprizy tshchetnye 1916 story "The Gift of the Magi"
A Christmas Revenge 1915 Short story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift"
Alias Jimmy Valentine 1915 story "A Retrieved Reformation"
Jimmy Hayes and Muriel 1914 Short story
The Stirrup Brother; or, The Higher Abdication 1914 Short story
The Saving Presence 1914 Short story
The Caballero's Way 1914 Short
The Reformation of Calliope 1913 Short writer
The Badge of Policeman O'Roon 1913 Short writer
All on Account of an Egg 1913 Short story
Hearts and Crosses 1913 Short story
A Splendid Scapegrace 1913 Short story "A Blackjack Bargainer"
Friends in San Rosario 1912 Short story
A Western Prince Charming 1912 Short story
Thirty Days at Hard Labor 1912 Short story "Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss"
The Mexican's Gratitude 1911 story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift"
Pat Clancy's Adventure 1911 Short story "The Shamrock and the Palm"
The Trapper's Five Dollar Bill 1911 Short story "The Whirligig of Life"
The Ransom of Red Chief 1911 Short story
A Summer Tragedy 1910 Short story "Transients in Arcadia"
His Masterpiece 1909 Short story
His Duty 1909 Short story
Trying to Get Arrested 1909 Short story
The Sacrifice 1909/I Short story "The Gift of the Magi"
Racun TV Movie novel post-production
Twenty Years 2017 Short short story
Henry 2016/I Short written by
Az utolsó levél 2015 Short original story
The Green Door 2015 Short short story
Blue Butterfly 2014 Short adapted from the story
Lootera 2013/I short story "The Last Leaf"
Darovete Na Vlahvite 2013 Short
Gift of the Magi 2010 TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
Makes the Whole World Kin 2009 Short story
Shadows in the Wind 2009 Short short story "The Last Leaf"
Gift of the Magi 2008 Short based on the short story by
Smesne i druge price 2004 TV Mini-Series novel - 1 episode
The Last Leaf 2004 Video short written by
Raincoat 2004 adapted from the story "Gift of Magi"
The Last Leaf 2003 Short short story
The Gift of the Magi 2001 Short story
By Courier 2000 Short story
The Ransom of Red Chief 1998 TV Movie short story
Wishbone's Dog Days of the West 1998 TV Movie stories Heart of the West
Tietäjien lahja 1997 TV Movie short story - as O'Henry
Koroli i kapusta 1996 story
O. Henry's Christmas 1996 TV Movie short stories - segments "The Last Leaf", "One Thousand Dollars", "The Gift of the Magi"
The Cisco Kid 1994 TV Movie character
Silent Love 1994 Short story
The Last Leaf 1993 Short short story
Princese un puma 1986 Short story
Ruthless People 1986 story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Jimmy Valentine 1985 TV Short story "A Retrieved Reformation"
Chertyonok s pushistym khvostom 1985 Short
Barg o bad 1984 short story
The Last Leaf 1983 Short story
Trest, kotoryy lopnul 1983 TV Mini-Series book "A noble swindler" - 3 episodes
CBS Library 1982 TV Series story "The Chaparral Prince" - 1 episode
ABC Weekend Specials TV Series story - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1979 story "A Retrieved Reformation" - 1 episode, 1977
The Gift of the Magi 1978 TV Movie
Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji 1978 TV Movie novel
The Gift of Love 1978 TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
A Pink Christmas 1978 TV Short short story "The Cop and the Anthem" - as O'Henry
Dzhentlmeny, kotorym ne povezlo 1977 TV Movie story
Great Mysteries 1974 TV Series story - 2 episodes
Ostatni lisc 1973 TV Movie short story - as O'Henry
Ficciones 1973 TV Series 1 episode
Hora once 1972 TV Series 1 episode
Alta comedia TV Series based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1971 story - 1 episode, 1971
Kogda more smeyotsya 1971 TV Movie novel
Koroli i kapusta 1970 book
Kun ympäri käydään... 1967 TV Movie short story "The Whirligig Of Life"
Jim Valentines großer Coup 1967 TV Movie short story
À la belle étoile 1966 TV Movie short story "The Cop and the Anthem"
Magnetické vlny lécí 1965 TV Movie short story "Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet"
Policajt a chorál 1965 Short short story "The Cop and the Anthem"
Úkryt cerného Billa 1965 Short short story "The Hiding of Black Bill" - as O'Henry
Estudio 3 1964 TV Series 2 episodes
Potouchlé skotacinky zivota 1964 Short story
Winterquartier 1963 TV Movie novel
Jeff und Andy, zwei Unschuldsengel 1963 TV Series 6 episodes
Novogodisnji poklon 1962 TV Movie
Price iz hotela 1962 TV Movie novels
Prva ljubav 1962 TV Movie novel
Tri price o Dzefu Pitersu 1962 TV Movie novels
Pakinateatteri 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Delovye lyudi 1962 stories "The Roads We Take", "Makes the Whole World Kin" and "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Mrs. Billings' Scheidung 1961 TV Movie novel - as O'Henry
Habitación de alquiler 1960 Short story
Qiu feng can ye 1960 story
The Ransom of Red Chief 1959 TV Movie story
Gangster Boss 1959 orginal short story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Servisna stanica 1959 TV Series novel - 1 episode
The Gift of the Magi 1958 TV Movie story "The Gift of the Magi"
The O. Henry Playhouse 1957 TV Series story - 43 episodes
Kraft Theatre 1956 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Cisco Kid TV Series character - 118 episodes, 1950 - 1956 characters - 38 episodes, 1950 - 1956
The Red Skelton Hour TV Series story - 1 episode, 1955 story "The Cop and the Anthem" - 1 episode, 1954
Ponds Theater 1953 TV Series writer - 1 episode
General Electric Theater 1953 TV Series writer - 1 episode
O. Henry's Full House 1952 story - uncredited
Nash Airflyte Theatre 1950 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Girl from San Lorenzo 1950 character
Satan's Cradle 1949 character
The Daring Caballero 1949 character
The Gay Amigo 1949 character
The Valiant Hombre 1948 based on characters by
Black Eagle 1948 story "The Passing of Black Eagle"
King of the Bandits 1947 character
Robin Hood of Monterey 1947 character
Riding the California Trail 1947 character creator
Beauty and the Bandit 1946 character
South of Monterey 1946 character
The Gay Cavalier 1946 character
South of the Rio Grande 1945 character
The Cisco Kid in Old New Mexico 1945 character
The Cisco Kid Returns 1945 character
Ride on Vaquero 1941 character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
Romance of the Rio Grande 1941 character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
The Gay Caballero 1940 based on the character The Cisco Kid created by - as William Sydney Porter
Lucky Cisco Kid 1940 character: The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter
Viva Cisco Kid 1940 character - as William Sydney Porter
The Cisco Kid and the Lady 1939 suggested by: the character of the Cisco Kid created by - as William Sidney Porter {O. Henry}
The Llano Kid 1939 story "Double Dyed Deceiver"
Dotor Rhythm 1938 story "The Badge of Policeman O'Roon"
Velikiy uteshitel 1933 story "A Retrieved Information"
The Cisco Kid 1931 story
The Texan 1930 story "The Double-Dyed Deceiver"
Tokkan kozô 1929 Short story "The Ransom of Red Chief"
Fragmentos da vida 1929 Short story
In Old Arizona 1928 story "The Caballero's Way"
Alias Jimmy Valentine 1928 story "A Retrieved Reformation" - uncredited
Suite Homes 1927 Short story
Cupid and the Clock 1927 Short story
A Man About Town 1927 Short story
Girls 1927 Short story
Roses and Romance 1927 Short story
Babes in the Jungle 1926 Short story
Marry Month of May 1926 Short story
The Complete Life 1926 Short story
A Lickpenny Lover 1926 Short story
A Social Triangle 1926 Short story
From a Cabby's Seat 1926 Short story
Elsie in New York 1926 Short story
Cupid à la Carte 1926 Short story
Failure 1925 Short story
Transients in Arcadia 1925 Short story
Shoes 1925 Short story
Fortune's Mask 1922 story
An Unwilling Hero 1921 story "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking"
Roads of Destiny 1921 story
An Afternoon Miracle 1920 Short story
A Ruler of Men 1920 Short story
The Call Loan 1920 Short story
The Church with an Overshot Wheel 1920 Short story
The Day Resurgent 1920 Short story
The Dream 1920 Short story
The Passing of Black Eagle 1920 Short story
The Ransom of Mack 1920 Short story
The Roads We Take 1920 Short story
Trimble, Trimble 1920 Short story
While the Auto Waits 1920 Short story
A Double-Dyed Deceiver 1920 story
Thimble, Thimble 1920 Short story
The Garter Girl 1920 story "The Momento"
A Philistine in Bohemia 1920 Short story
Alias Jimmy Valentine 1920 story "A Retrieved Reformation"
The Friendly Call 1920 Short story
Telemachus, Friend 1920 Short story
The Ghost of a Chance 1919 Short story
The Buried Treasure 1919 Short story
The Guardian of the Accolade 1919 Short story
You're Fired 1919 story "The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss"
Shocks of Doom 1919 Short story
The Unknown Quantity 1919 story
The Border Terror 1919 Short story "The Caballero's Way"
Everybody's Girl 1918 story "Brick Dust Row"
Transients in Arcadia 1918 Short story
A Bird of Bagdad 1918 Short story
The Changing Woman 1918 story "A Matter of Mean Elevation"
The Marquis and Miss Sally 1918 Short story
Springtime à la Carte 1918 Short story
Mammon and the Archer 1918 Short story
The Trimmed Lamp 1918 Short story
One Thousand Dollars 1918 story
The Girl and the Graft 1918 Short story
Sisters of the Golden Circle 1918 Short story
The Enchanted Profile 1918 Short story
Find the Woman 1918 story "Cherchez la Femme"
The Brief Debut of Tildy 1918 Short story
The Song and the Sergeant 1918 Short story
A Ramble in Aphasia 1918 Short story
Tobin's Palm 1918 Short story
The Purple Dress 1918 Short story
Lost on Dress Parade 1918 story
A Madison Square Arabian Night 1918 Short story
An American Live Wire 1918 story "The Lotus and the Bottle"
The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball 1918 Short story
The Thing's the Play 1918 Short story
Schools and Schools 1918 Short story
By Injunction 1918 Short story

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1 A 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.
3 If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.
4 Life is sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
5 Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of life.
6 Write what you like; there is no other rule.

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