MONTY WOOLLEY, born. (d: 1963) American actor. Born Edgar Montillion Woolley in New York City, Woolley was a professor and lecturer at Yale University (one of his students was Thornton Wilder). Best known for his starring role in 1942’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
He was an intimate friend of Cole Porter. According to Bennett Cerf in Try and Stop Me, Woolley was at a dinner party and suddenly belched. A woman sitting nearby glared at him; he glared back and said, “What did you expect — chimes?” Cerf said that Woolley liked the line so much he insisted that it be added to the script of his next stage role.