Stephen Tyrone Colbert was born May 13, 1964 in Washington D.C. but grew up in CHarleston, South Carolina. åÊHe is the youngest of 11 children which he often cites quickly as, “Jimmy, Eddie, Billy, Margo, Tommy, Jay, Lulu, Paul, Peter, and Stephen.” åÊColbert (pronounced Kol bear) was the son of James William Colbert M.D. who was a prominent doctor and school administrator at Yale, St. Louis University, and University of South Carolina. åÊHe actually pronounced his name Kol bert, but allowed his children to change to the french pronunciation if they desired, which Stephen did when he moved to Northwestern University taking the opportunity to reinvent himself. åÊColbert’s parents were devout Catholics but even more devout intellectuals and taught their children that it was ok to question the church and still be Catholic. åÊOn September 11, 1974 Colbert’s father and 2 of his brothers were killed in a plane crash. åÊColbert struggled as an adolescent with the loss. åÊDuring this time he also had a fascination with fantasy novels, role playing games, Dungeons & Dragons and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. åÊColbert did participate in plays growing up as well as played in a Rolling Stones cover band called “A Shot in the Dark.” åÊColbert attended Hampden-Sydney College and transferred to Northwestern University once he discovered he had a strong affinity for acting due to Northwestern having a stronger drama department.