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Big Daddy (Character)
from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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- "French and Saunders"
- Episode #2.6 (1988) TV episode, Played by Robbie Coltrane
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984) (TV) Played by Rip Torn
... aka "American Playhouse: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - USA (anthology series)
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) (TV) Played by Laurence Olivier
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Played by Burl Ives (as Big Daddy Pollitt)
- Episode #3.3 (2008) TV episode, Played by Burl Ives
- "American Masters"
- Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage (1994) TV episode, Played by Burl Ives
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: This was what my father left me, this lousy old suitcase! And on the inside was nothing, nothing but his uniform from the Spanish-American war. That was his legacy to me! Nothing at all! And I built this place from nothing.
Brick Pollitt: That was all he left you?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: He was a hobo, the best-known tramp on the boxcar circuit. He'd worked once in awhile as a field hand, and I'd tag along. Sat on my bare bottom in the dirt, waiting for him. Outside of hunger, the first thing I remember is shame. I was ashamed of that miserable old tramp. I was riding boxcars with him when I was nine, something you never had to do. You'll never have to bury me the way I buried him. I buried him in a meadow alongside a railroad track. He was running to catch a freight and his heart give out. You know something? That old tramp died laughing.
Brick Pollitt: Laughing at what?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: Himself, I guess. Old hobo tramp, not a nickel to his name, no future, no past.
Brick Pollitt: Maybe he was laughing because he was happy. Happy at having you with him. He took you everywhere. He kept you with him.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: I don't want to talk about that.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: Yeah, I loved him. I reckon I never loved anything as much as that lousy old tramp.
Brick Pollitt: And you say he left you nothing but a suitcase with a uniform in it?
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