Monty Woolley

American actor (1888–1963)

Monty Woolley (Edgar Montillion Woolley; August 17, 1888 – May 6, 1963) was an American actor and entertainer.[1] At the age of 50, he became famous for his best-known role in the stage play and 1942 movie The Man Who Came to Dinner. His well-known white beard was "his trademark" and he was later known as "The Beard."

Monty Woolley in November 1949

Woolley was born on August 17, 1888 in New York City, New York. He studied at Yale University and at Harvard University. Woolley was a closeted gay man.[2] Woolley died on May 6, 1963 from a heart attack and from complications of kidney failure in Albany, New York, aged 75.[3] He is buried at the Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, New York.


  1. Obituary Variety, May 8, 1963, page 223.
  2. Gross, Larry; Woods, James D., ed. (1999). The Columbia Reader on Lesbians & Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics. Columbia University Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-231-10447-0.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link)
  3. "Actor Monty Woolley Dies in Hospital at 75"[permanent dead link]. Miami News. May 6, 1963.

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