Charles Portis

American writer

Charles McColl Portis (December 28, 1933 – February 17, 2020) was an American writer. His best known novels are Norwood (1966) and the classic Western True Grit (1968). Two True Grit movies have been made, released in 1969 and 2010. Norwood was also made into a 1970 movie. He also wrote The Dog of the South (1979) and Gringos (1991). Portis has been described as "one of the most inventively comic writers of Western fiction."[1]

Portis was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. He died in Little Rock, Arkansas on February 17, 2020 due to Alzheimer's disease. He was 86.[2]


  1. "Charles (McColl) Portis". Emory University. Archived from the original on February 20, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  2. Vera, Amir (February 18, 2020). "Charles Portis, author of 'True Grit,' dies at 86". CNN. Retrieved February 18, 2020.