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Biff Loman

Biff Loman (1915-) was the older son of Willy and Linda Loman.


Biff Loman was born in Brooklyn, New York City to a Jewish-American family, the son of Willy and Linda Loman, and the older brother of Happy Loman. He was a football star with lots of potential in high school, but he failed math his senior year and dropped out summer school due to seeing his father with another woman while visiting him in Boston. Biff, who had previously idolized his father, became disillusioned with him, and he decided not to enter business. He went between his family and working as a farmhand in the American West, as he liked working with his hands outdoors, but he also wanted to make his father proud of him. Ultimately, Biff argued with his father and tried to convince him that both of them were meant to be ordinary people, but a delusional Willy had the wrong impression that Biff would follow him into the business world. Willy went on to kill himself in a car accident to collect life insurance money so that Biff could use the insurance money to start his own business, although, at the funeral, Biff felt that he did not want to follow in his father's footsteps; instead, Happy became a businessman.