Bill Porter's Story Wins Big At Emmy Awards
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 22, 2003
GRESHAM, OREGON--"Door to Door", the made-for-TV-movie about a salesman with cerebral palsy, won four trophies at Sunday's 55th annual Emmy Awards.
Bill Porter, the 71-year-old man whose life was the subject of the movie, watched the award show from his home in Gresham.
"It was unbelievable," Porter told the Portland Tribune Monday.
Porter, who had been told he would never be able to keep a job, made a career of selling household cleaning products door to door in the Portland area. Eventually he became the top-grossing salesman for the Watkins Co.
At Sunday's Emmys the movie about Porter's life, which appeared on HBO and TNT networks, won the award for best TV movie. Its director, Steven Schacter, was selected best director.
William H. Macy, who portrayed Porter in the film, was chosen best actor in a TV movie, and won an Emmy for co-writing the movie.
"I'm just glad that much of America now knows what Portland, Oregon, knows," Macy said. "Bill Porter is a very, very cool guy."
"'Door to Door' delivers a quartet of Emmys" (Portland Tribune)