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O. Henry (1862–1910)

O. Henry was an American writer whose short stories are known for wit, wordplay and clever twist endings. He wrote nearly 600 stories about life in America. He was born William Sidney Porter on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His father, Algernon Sidney Porter, was a medical doctor. When William was three his mother died and he ... See full bio »

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 2009 Makes the Whole World Kin (Short) (story)
 2009 Shadows in the Wind (Short) (short story "The Last Leaf")
 2004 The Last Leaf (Video short) (written by)
 2004 Raincoat (adapted from the story "Gift of Magi")
 2003 The Last Leaf (Short) (short story)
 2001 The Gift of the Magi (Short) (story)
 2000 By Courier (Short)
 1998 The Ransom of Red Chief (TV Movie) (short story)
 1998 Wishbone's Dog Days of the West (TV Movie) (stories Heart of the West)
 1997 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie) (short story - as O'Henry)
 1996 Koroli i kapusta (story)
 1994 The Cisco Kid (TV Movie) (character)
 1994 Silent Love (Short) (story)
 1993 The Last Leaf (Short) (short story)
 1986 Princese un puma (Short) (story)
 1986 Ruthless People (story "The Ransom of Red Chief")
 1985 Jimmy Valentine (TV Short) (story "A Retrieved Reformation")
 1984 Barg o bad (short story)
 1984 Trest, kotoryy lopnul (TV Mini-Series) (book "A noble swindler")
 1983 The Last Leaf (Short) (story)
 1982 CBS Library (TV Series) (story "The Chaparral Prince" - 1 episode)
- Robbers, Rooftops and Witches (1982) ... (story "The Chaparral Prince" - as O'Henry)
  ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1979) (story "A Retrieved Reformation" - 1 episode, 1977)
- The Revenge of Red Chief (1979) ... (story - as O'Henry)
- The Ransom of Red Chief (1977) ... (story)
- Valentine's Second Chance (1977) ... (story "A Retrieved Reformation")
 1978 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
 1978 The Gift of Love (TV Movie) (story "The Gift of the Magi")
 1978 A Pink Christmas (TV Short) (short story "The Cop and the Anthem" - as O'Henry)
 1974 Great Mysteries (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- The Furnished Room (1974) ... (story)
- Compliments of the Season (1974) ... (story)
 1973 Ostatni lisc (TV Movie) (short story - as O'Henry)
 1973 Ficciones (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Un vendedor de blackjack (1973) ... (as O'Henry)
 1972 Hora once (TV Series) (1 episode)
- El alegre mes de mayo (1972) ... (as O'Henry)
  Alta comedia (TV Series) (based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1971) (story - 1 episode, 1971)
- Único otoño (1971) ... (based on the short story by - as O'Henry) / (story)
 1970 Koroli i kapusta (book)
 1967 Kun ympäri käydään... (TV Movie) (short story "The Whirligig Of Life")
 1967 Jim Valentines großer Coup (TV Movie) (short story)
 1966 À la belle étoile (TV Movie) (short story "The Cop and the Anthem")
 1965 Magnetické vlny lécí (TV Movie) (story)
 1965 Policajt a chorál (Short) (short story "The Cop and the Anthem")
 1965 Úkryt cerného Billa (Short) (short story "The Hiding of Black Bill" - as O'Henry)
 1964 Potouchlé skotacinky zivota (Short) (story)
 1963 Winterquartier (TV Movie) (novel)
 1962 Novogodisnji poklon (TV Movie)
 1962 Price iz hotela (TV Movie) (novels)
 1962 Prva ljubav (TV Movie) (novel)
 1962 Tri price o Dzefu Pitersu (TV Movie) (novels)
 1962 Pakinateatteri (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kohtalotoverit (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Delovye lyudi (stories "The Roads We Take", "Makes the Whole World Kin" and "The Ransom of Red Chief")
 1961 Mrs. Billings' Scheidung (TV Movie) (novel - as O'Henry)
 1960 Habitación de alquiler (Short) (story)
 1960 Qiu feng can ye (story)
 1959 The Ransom of Red Chief (TV Movie) (story)
 1959 Gangster Boss (novel)
 1959 Servisna stanica (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1959) ... (novel)
 1958 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie) (story "The Gift of the Magi")
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- Sam Plunkett's Promise (1957) ... (story - as O'Henry)
- Hiding of Black Bill (1957) ... (story)
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Gentle Grafter (1956) ... (story)
  Ponds Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1956) (writer - 1 episode, 1953)
- The Gentle Grafter (1956) ... (story)
- Alias Jimmy Balentine (1953) ... (writer)
  The Cisco Kid (TV Series) (characters - 112 episodes, 1950 - 1956) (character - 44 episodes, 1950 - 1956)
- Tangled Trails (1956) ... (characters)
- Magician of Jamesville (1956) ... (characters)
- Dangerous Shoemaker (1956) ... (characters)
- West of the Law (1956) ... (characters)
- Kilts and Sombreros (1956) ... (characters)
  The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1955) (story "The Cop and the Anthem" - 1 episode, 1954)
- The Cop and the Anthem (1955) ... (story)
- The Cop and the Anthem (1954) ... (story "The Cop and the Anthem")
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Best Seller (1953) ... (writer)
 1952 Full House (story - uncredited)
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Double-Dyed Deceiver (1950) ... (story)
 1950 The Girl from San Lorenzo (character)
 1949 Satan's Cradle (character)
 1949 The Daring Caballero (character)
 1949 The Gay Amigo (based on characters by)
 1948 The Valiant Hombre (based on characters by)
 1948 Black Eagle (story "The Passing of Black Eagle")
 1947 King of the Bandits (character)
 1947 Robin Hood of Monterey (character)
 1947 Riding the California Trail (character creator)
 1946 Beauty and the Bandit (character)
 1946 South of Monterey (character)
 1946 The Gay Cavalier (character)
 1945 South of the Rio Grande (character)
 1945 The Cisco Kid in Old New Mexico (character)
 1945 The Cisco Kid Returns (character)
 1941 Ride on Vaquero (character)
 1941 Romance of the Rio Grande (characters)
 1940 The Gay Caballero (character The Cisco Kid - as William Sydney Porter)
 1940 Lucky Cisco Kid (character Cisco Kid)
 1940 Viva Cisco Kid (characters - as William Sydney Porter)
 1939 The Cisco Kid and the Lady (suggested by: the character of the Cisco Kid by - as William Sidney Porter {O. Henry})
 1939 The Llano Kid (story "Double Dyed Deceiver")
 1938 Dr. Rhythm (story "The Badge of Policeman O'Roon")
 1933 Velikiy uteshitel (story "A Retrieved Information")
 1931 The Cisco Kid (story)
 1930 The Texan (story "The Double-Dyed Deceiver")
 1929 A Straightforward Boy (Short) (story "The Ransom of Red Chief")
 1929 Fragmentos da vida (Short) (story)
 1928 In Old Arizona (story "The Caballero's Way")
 1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine (story "A Retrieved Reformation" - uncredited)
 1927 Suite Homes (Short) (story)
 1927 Cupid and the Clock (Short) (story)
 1927 A Man About Town (Short) (story)
 1927 Girls (Short) (story)
 1927 Roses and Romance (Short) (story)
 1926 Babes in the Jungle (Short) (story)
 1926 Marry Month of May (Short) (story)
 1926 The Complete Life (Short) (story)
 1926 A Lickpenny Lover (Short) (story)
 1926 A Social Triangle (Short) (story)
 1926 From a Cabby's Seat (Short) (story)
 1926 Elsie in New York (Short) (story)
 1926 Cupid à la Carte (Short) (story)
 1925 Failure (Short) (story)
 1925 Transients in Arcadia (Short) (story)
 1925 Shoes (Short) (story)
 1922 Fortune's Mask (story)
 1921 An Unwilling Hero (story "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking")
 1921 Roads of Destiny (story)
 1920 An Afternoon Miracle (Short) (story)
 1920 A Ruler of Men (Short) (story)
 1920 The Call Loan (Short) (story)
 1920 The Church with an Overshot Wheel (Short) (story)
 1920 The Day Resurgent (Short) (story)
 1920 The Dream (Short) (story)
 1920 The Passing of Black Eagle (Short) (story)
 1920 The Ransom of Mack (Short) (story)
 1920 The Roads We Take (Short) (story)
 1920 Trimble, Trimble (Short) (story)
 1920 While the Auto Waits (Short) (story)
 1920 A Double-Dyed Deceiver (story)
 1920 Thimble, Thimble (Short) (story)
 1920 The Garter Girl (story "The Momento")
 1920 A Philistine in Bohemia (Short) (story)
 1920 Alias Jimmy Valentine (story "A Retrieved Reformation")
 1920 The Friendly Call (Short) (story)
 1920 Telemachus, Friend (Short) (story)
 1919 The Ghost of a Chance (Short) (story)
 1919 The Buried Treasure (Short) (story)
 1919 The Guardian of the Accolade (Short) (story)
 1919 You're Fired (story "The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss")
 1919 Shocks of Doom (Short) (story)
 1919 The Unknown Quantity (story)
 1919 The Border Terror (Short) (story "The Caballero's Way")
 1918 Everybody's Girl (story "Brick Dust Row")
 1918 Transients in Arcadia (Short) (story)
 1918 A Bird of Bagdad (Short) (story)
 1918 The Changing Woman (story "A Matter of Mean Elevation")
 1918 The Marquis and Miss Sally (Short) (story)
 1918 Springtime à la Carte (Short) (story)
 1918 Mammon and the Archer (Short) (story)
 1918 The Trimmed Lamp (Short) (story)
 1918 One Thousand Dollars (story)
 1918 The Girl and the Graft (Short) (story)
 1918 Sisters of the Golden Circle (Short) (story)
 1918 The Enchanted Profile (Short) (story)
 1918 Find the Woman (story "Cherchez la Femme")
 1918 The Brief Debut of Tildy (Short) (story)
 1918 The Song and the Sergeant (Short) (story)
 1918 A Ramble in Aphasia (Short) (story)
 1918 Tobin's Palm (Short) (story)
 1918 The Purple Dress (Short) (story)
 1918 Lost on Dress Parade (story)
 1918 A Madison Square Arabian Night (Short) (story)
 1918 An American Live Wire (story "The Lotus and the Bottle")
 1918 The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball (Short) (story)
 1918 The Thing's the Play (Short) (story)
 1918 Schools and Schools (Short) (story)
 1918 By Injunction (Short) (story)
 1918 The Fifth Wheel (Short) (story)
 1918 Compliments of the Season (Short) (story)
 1918 The Moment of Victory (Short) (story)
 1918 The Hiding of Black Bill (Short) (story)
 1918 The Fourth in Salvador (Short) (story)
 1917 The Atavism of Tom (Short)
 1917 Two Renegades (Short) (story)
 1917 The Enchanted Kiss (Short) (story)
 1917 One Dollar's Worth (Short) (story)
 1917 The Last Leaf (Short) (story)
 1917 Hygeia at the Solito (Short) (story)
 1917 The Skylight Room (story)
 1917 I Will Repay (story "A Municipal Report")
 1917 Law and Order (Short) (story)
 1917 A Night in New Arabia (story)
 1917 The Guilty Party (Short) (story)
 1917 John Tom Little Bear (Short) (story)
 1917 The Furnished Room (Short) (story)
 1917 Blind Man's Holiday (story)
 1917 The Defeat of the City (story)
 1917 The Coming Out of Maggie (story)
 1917 The Venturers (story)
 1917 A Departmental Case (Short) (story)
 1917 No Story (story)
 1917 Strictly Business (Short) (story)
 1917 The Gold That Glittered (Short) (story)
 1917 The Love Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein (Short) (story)
 1917 A Service of Love (Short) (story)
 1917 Vanity and Some Sables (Short) (story)
 1917 Past One at Rooney's (Short) (story)
 1917 The Cop and the Anthem (Short) (story)
 1917 Madame Bo-Peep (story "Madame Bo-Peep of the Ranches")
 1917 The Green Door (Short) (story)
 1917 The Marionettes (Short) (story)
 1917 The Gift of the Magi (Short) (story)
 1917 The Third Ingredient (Short) (story)
 1917 Friends in San Rosario (Short) (story)
 1916 Love's Surprises Are Futile (story "The Gift of the Magi")
 1915 A Christmas Revenge (Short) (story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift")
 1915 Alias Jimmy Valentine (story "A Retrieved Reformation")
 1914 Jimmy Hayes and Muriel (Short) (story)
 1914 The Saving Presence (Short) (story)
 1914 The Caballero's Way (Short)
 1913 The Reformation of Calliope (Short) (writer)
 1913 The Badge of Policeman O'Roon (Short) (writer)
 1913 All on Account of an Egg (Short) (story)
 1913 Hearts and Crosses (Short) (story)
 1913 A Splendid Scapegrace (Short) (story "A Blackjack Bargainer")
 1912 Friends in San Rosario (Short) (story)
 1912 A Western Prince Charming (Short) (story)
 1912 Thirty Days at Hard Labor (Short) (story "Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss")
 1911 The Mexican's Gratitude (story "A Chaparral Christmas Gift")
 1911 Pat Clancy's Adventure (Short) (story "The Shamrock and the Palm")
 1911 The Trapper's Five Dollar Bill (Short) (story "The Whirligig of Life")
 1911 The Ransom of Red Chief (Short) (story)
 1910 A Summer Tragedy (Short) (story "Transients in Arcadia")
 1909 His Masterpiece (Short) (story)
 1909 His Duty (Short) (story)
 1909 Trying to Get Arrested (Short) (story)
 1909 The Sacrifice (Short) (story "The Gift of the Magi")

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Other Works:

Short-story collection: "Cabbages and Kings" See more »

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Alternate Names:

James L. Bliss | Olivier Henry | William Sidney Porter {O. Henry} | O'Henry | William Sydney Porter

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows. See more »

Trivia:

Second wife Sara Lindsey Coleman was his childhood sweetheart. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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