Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monty Woolley

Monty Woolley born 17 August 1888 (d. 1963)

Monty Woolley was an American actor, born Edgar Montillion Wooley in New York City. He was a professor and lecturer at Yale University and began acting on Broadway in 1936.

He was typecast as the wasp-tongued, supercilious sophisticate. His most famous role is that of the cranky radio wag forced to stay immobile because of a broken leg in The Man Who Came to Dinner, which he had performed onstage before taking it to Hollywood, a caricature of radio and press celebrity of the 1930s and 1940s Alexander Woollcott.

He was a teacher and intimate friend of Cole Porter while at Yale and in later years. They enjoyed many amusing disreputable adventures together in New York and on foreign travels.

He played himself in Warner Bros' pseudo-biopic about Cole Porter's life Night and Day (1946), a highly fictionalised account of Porter's very unorthodox professional and personal life. In the film he is much older than Cary Grant's Cole Porter, but he was in fact only 3 years older than his friend - which might give you a clue about the nature of some of their 'adventures'.

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