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Bill Porter (born September 9, 1932) is an American salesman for the Watkins Company. Born with cerebral palsy, Porter became quite well known in 1995, when an Oregon newspaper wrote a series of feature stories about him.

Born in California, Porter moved to Portland, Oregon with his mother at a young age. He was unable to gain employment due to his cerebral palsy, but refused to go on disability. Porter eventually convinced Watkins Incorporated to give him a door-to-door salesman job, selling its products on a ten-mile route in the Portland area. He eventually became the top seller for the company.

In 1995 The Oregonian ran a feature story about Porter in its newspaper. The story of his optimistic determination made him the subject of media attention across the United States. He was featured in Reader's Digest and on ABC's 20/20, and was the subject of a 2002 made-for-TV movie on TNT called Door to Door, featuring William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgwick and Dame Helen Mirren. In 2009, the Japanese network TBS aired a TV movie loosely based on Bill Porter, also called "Door To Door". It starred Ninomiya Kazunari and Rosa Kato as fictional versions of Porter and Brady.

After breaking his hip in a 1998 accident, Porter retired from his door-to-door salesman job, but continues working for Watkins as a consultant and online salesman. He also works as a motivational speaker, along with his assistant, Shelly Brady, who delivers products to Porter's customers.

External links


  • Brady, Shelly; Macy, William H. (2002) Ten Things I Learned From Bill Porter. New World Library, ISBN 1-57731-203-1


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