Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the youngest of four sons of food wholesaler James Chester Reynolds and retail saleswoman Tamara Lee (née Stewart). His paternal grandfather, Chester Reynolds, was a farmer and politician who represented Stettler in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1940 to 1944. He is of Irish descent and was raised as a Roman Catholic in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. He graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in 1994 and attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University, but dropped out. Two of his brothers work in law enforcement in British Columbia, with one being a Mountie.