From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Monty Woolley (August 17, 1888 – May 6, 1963) was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor. At the age of 50, he achieved a measure of stardom for his best-known role in the stage play and 1942 film The Man Who Came to Dinner. His distinctive white beard was his trademark. Description above from the Wikipedia article Monty Woolley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.