Ryan Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father, James Chester "Jim" Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tamara Lee "Tammy" Reynolds née Stewart, a retail salesperson. His grandfather, Chester Ambrose "Ches" Reynolds, served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1940 to 1944. Reynolds is of Irish ancestry and was raised as a Roman Catholic. The youngest of four brothers, he graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver in 1994. He attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University, also in Vancouver, until dropping out. Two of his elder brothers work as police officers in British Columbia, one of whom is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police member.