|Real Name:||Logan Roy|
|Title:||CEO of Waystar Royco|
|Born:||14 October 1938|
|Originally From:||Dundee, Scotland|
|Current Location:||New York, New York |
United States of America
|Wife:||Marcia Roy |
Caroline Collingwood (Divorced)
|Parents:||Unnamed Father † |
Helen Roy (Mother) †
|Siblings:||Ewan Roy (Brother) |
Rose Roy (Sister) †
|Family:||Marianne Hirsch (Niece) |
|Children:||Connor Roy (Son)|
|Portrayed by:||Brian Cox|
"Fuck off" - Logan Roy
"I'm back." ― Logan Roy[source]
It should be noted that many details of Logan's humble early life may have been exaggerated or mythologized as we have little evidence presented throughout the series beyond Logan's account. Roy was born into humble circumstances in Dundee, Scotland, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War on October 14, 1938. Logan grew up in poverty, his widowed mother took the decision to send him to be raised in Quebec, Canada. There he was raised by an Uncle Noah, with a print shop and a few advertising billboards and an aunt with a herd of cattle. He was beaten savagely as a young man by his uncle, the scars of which he still bears on his back. Logan himself has made a decent way for himself over the next 60 years. He started what is now the fifth-largest media conglomerate in the world, Waystar Royco. He is also friends with various respected business people, prime ministers and presidents, due to his connections and power.
Later, in 1985, Logan needed cash badly for the expansion into parks, so he took out a loan through the family holding company. Logan knew that besides Frank Vernon and Gerri Killman none of the other board's members could see what was happening. And then he added that loan to the company's already considerable debt. The debt is secured against Waystar's stock and when the stock price falls to 130 cents per share, the bank can pursue repayment of the loan in full.
We do not know much about Logan's early family other than his brother Ewan Roy, with whom Logan had a falling-out. He was raised by his aunt and uncle in Quebec, Canada before moving to America.
At some point after moving to the United States Logan married his first wife, who gave birth to his first son, Connor. After their divorce, Logan married the British aristocrat Caroline Collingwood, and had three more children: Kendall, Roman, and Siobhan (in that order). Eventually, Logan and Caroline divorced, and he married Marcia, his third and current wife.
Kendall Roy informs him negotiations are still ongoing with Lawrence Yee, and they will have to raise their price. He also confirms he is still set to be announced as his successor later that night. Later Logan arrives in person for Ken to sign some last-minute housekeeping. That evening his family celebrates his 80th birthday and he introduces them to Greg Hirsch.
During his 80th birthday party he confronts his four children and asks them to sign a contract instating Marcia as his primary successor, a document Kendall had already been tricked into signing at the office. He agrees to let them think about it. Logan gives Greg , his great-nephew, a job in the park's division of Waystar Royco. Logan pulls Kendall aside and informs him that he has decided not to step down as CEO and Chairman, blindsiding Kendall who was going to be promoted the very next day. After dinner they decide to enjoy their traditional game of baseball, arriving by helicopter on an already set up field. Logan talks to Roman who wishes to rejoin the company as COO. Logan hands Frank Vernon, the current COO of Waystar Royco and Logan's long-time friend, a letter firing him and promoting Roman to COO. After the game Logan fires Frank to make room for Roman, as part of their agreement. He instructs all his kids to fly in his helicopter, and after a fight breaks out, he sustains a stroke. 
After Logan's stroke, the brothers are all trying to do damage control. Green lighting potential obituaries for the media to run, after the doctor informs them Logan had a hemorrhage stroke and is currently unconscious, and unresponsive. When Gerri Killman and Karolina Novotney arrived they still haven't decided who should become CEO in Logan's absence, information they need before the stock markets open. They at least agreed to go with the statement that nothing happened. Eventually, they decide Kendal will be CEO and Roman will be COO. Soon after he wakes up from his coma even though he should have died. 
Logan has a delirious encounter with his daughter, and after learning that Kendall sold a large percentage of the company stock to Stewy Hosseini in order to save Waystar Royco from the debt Logan had put them in, he calls his son in to call him "a fucking idiot".  Despite not having fully recovered from his stroke, Logan returns to work and resumes his position as CEO, much to the chagrin of Kendall and Roman, who were running the company in his absence. At the annual RECNY Ball, Logan discovers that Kendall was planning to announce his retirement. Logan goes to speak in place of Kendall and announces "I'm back".
Upon Ewan Roy arriving at his house, he is kindly greeted by Marcia and his children. The two brothers have a cold exchange, but sit down to dinner with each other at a long table all the same. They ignore each other for the rest of dinner. Before dessert is served, Ewan comes in the room to find Logan explaining his medals to Willa Ferreyra. All bought and paid for. They get into a heated argument, and Logan makes fun of him, insisting he only joined the Vietnam War to impress a girl in their town. Ewan is furious at his brother, who has never served a day in his life. Ewan storms out. 
After officially regaining control of the company Logan proposes a plan to buy a large collection of Local TV Stations, an idea immediately disliked by Kendall and Roman. After exhibiting a series of aberrant behaviors, including urinating on the floor of Kendall's office, overflowing his coffee cup, and slapping Kendall's son at Thanksgiving Dinner, Kendall, Roman, Frank, and Gerri decide he is unfit to run the company and decide to have a Vote Of No Confidence.
Logan arrives in Washington to meet with the President, but worries he's been snubbed following a last-minute cancellation at The White House as the President claims he has an act of terrorism to deal with. At the eventual board meeting, Kendall, who is stuck in traffic, announces the vote over the phone. Logan becomes outraged and refuses to leave the room during the vote, ultimately influencing each of the board members. Kendall, Frank, Asha, and Ilona all vote in favor of firing Logan, while Ewan, Paul, Dewi, Datum, and eventually Roman vote against the vote of no confidence. Logan fires all four who voted against him on the spot and removes them from the board. By the end of the day the President calls back Logan, and the two have a private chat on the phone. 
In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a weekend-long family therapy session at his son, Connor's New Mexico ranch, Austerlitz. Unbeknown to most of The Roy Family, he's arranged to have it double as a publicity stunt. Kendall has cut off communication with everyone and is suing his father after being fired. He is invited to the weekend therapy long session but refuses to attend. Roman has surprisingly been the most cooperative with his father the entire weekend. The two even go to a small photoshoot together, where his father gives him more responsibility. By the end the first day everyone is mad at each other. Logan insults Tom, which upsets Shiv, and she leaves crying. Logan also knows about Shiv's meeting with Gil Eavis, a potential presidential candidate who goes against everything he stands for. Ken arrived intoxicated, and picks a few fights, Ken and Logan almost get into a physical altercation, after Logan admits he planted the stories about his son's drug use. 
With everyone getting ready for Tom's bachelor party, Logan calls Greg into his office. Greg brings up his request to work in a less hostile environment. Logan immediately realizes he's talking about Tom and is even surprised, as he always considered Tom to be a pussy. He promises Greg he’ll look into it, as long as Greg keeps an eye on his Ken during the bachelor weekend. Both agree. Later that night, Shiv and Logan have dinner together. The two get into an argument and leave before they can eat. Later that night Marcia calls Shiv to tell her that Logan can no longer come to her wedding. 
The Roy Family assembles at Eastmoor Castle in England for Shiv’s wedding. Logan has decided to attend, but after his team is unable to find a good enough reason for him to not attend his daughter's wedding, he changes his mind and he decides to make the journey. Though it would appear, only for the good PR. Logan makes his grand entrance by helicopter more than halfway through the party. He has a light, but heated exchange with his daughter. And before going to bed, finds himself on the staircase along with her political ally, and his opponent Gil. The two men have an exchange of words before they separate. The next morning Shiv is preparing for her wedding, while Tom does the same. Shiv gets into an old white car with her father, who is now comforting her. He is much kinder and even has some sweet words for her. 
The day of Shiv and Tom's wedding, both families have gathered to take photos. Afterwards, Ken meets with Logan in his private rooms to inform him of the takeover of Waystar Royco. Furious Logan kicks him out. Marcia Roy comes in as Logan is fishing out the papers he threw in the toilet. He demands to get everyone on the phone. 
Logan joins everyone while trying to keep his composure. A waiter asks if he would like more champagne, to which he absentmindedly agrees, but gets champagne poured on his hand and arm. He immediately overreacts and fires the young lad, demanding he's kicked out immediately. Colin is ready and waiting with a pen and paper for him to sign along with a severance package. Ken later approaches and asks him to score him some coke. On the way, Ken swerves to avoid hitting a deer and drives off the road into a pond. Ken is able to get out of the car, but the waiter drowns. Ken runs back to the castle reception, breaks into his room and cleans himself up before joins the family at the reception.
The reception finally starts, and gives a nice speech, including all the parents. Logan very subtly gathers his children in one room and inform them of Ken's decision for the takeover of their family company. All four siblings turn on him and after a couple of minutes, Logan walks in. He confirms everything is true, then informs them of his battle plan. The next morning at breakfast, Ken is called into his father's library. Logan makes a mock display of asking if anything was stolen as his key card was found on the fired employee. Logan has everyone leave the room and he informed his son he knows what happened with Andrew. He promises to cover up everything for him, but he has to tell Sandy Furness and Stewy he's out. Ken cries in his father's arms but obliges. 
Logan abruptly ends Ken’s rehab stay early to make a TV appearance to save face during the attempted takeover, with his go-to line being “I saw their plan that his fathers is better.” After they have a sit-down with Karl. They discuss what there'll rival team knows, and Ken discloses he told Stewy Hosseini and Sandy Furness about his father's medication, and any other embarrassing stories about his physical or mental health. After a private meeting with the banks, Logan is faced with finding a successor and determining if they should make a deal or sell Waystar Royco. 
Logan and Marci make their way out to their vacation home in the Hamptons and are assaulted with a disgusting smell throughout the house. At lunch, after this food is replaced with pizza once a dead raccoon is discovered. The rest of the family demands to know why Ken is allowed back into the family fold so easily. Roman and him now even share the position of COO. Logan ignores them and asks if he should keep or sell the company. They all begin to voice their opinions, before Logan decides to have them brought into his office one by one with an explanation behind to their reasoning. Logan brings Shiv in his office to privately discussed the matter. Where he admits he wants her to be his successor, but to keep quiet until things are more finalized. Logan confronts the man he believed put the dead animal in his chimney, accusing him of being mad fore stiffing him. Informing him he will only pay $100 grand for the $300 grand job. Mocking him to sue if he feels unjust. On the last night at dinner Logan abruptly takes off early and brings Ken with him. They fly by helicopter back to New York, where Logan ends up sending him in alone to warn off Stew and Sandy. 
Days later at Ken's daughter's birthday, three of the siblings are called away for an impromptu meeting with their father. They watch Stewy’s TV interview, insisting that Logan is too old and out of the loop to run his company. They discuss how to counter attack, and go with Shiv's proposal to immediately fire back a statement that day.
That night, Shiv visits her father to discuss taking over the company, something even secret to his wife. Logan wants Shiv to work with Gerri, another six months in Hong Kong, and 12 months with him, along with other strategy projects, that would take up to three years before Logan feels she's ready. Shiv wants to fast-track it. The next day Ken announces to Lawrence Yee that Waystar Royco will be doing a routine check of his new company. They both inform their father of their findings, Kendall wants to keep the company but Roman warnes they want to unionize, and most of them do nothing. Logan agrees with Romans, and scraps the company. 
Logan has a meeting with his doctor who reminds him to take it easy, suggesting he sit out the company retreat in Hungary. Logan puts off seeing his dying friend Moe’s. At a board meeting, he is impatient for a solution to his Sandy Furness problem. He informs everyone they will be taking over a media-giant PGM, and bringing Frank Vernon back on to ensure a smooth transition. A few board members voiced their concerns, but are quickly shut down. On the plane ride, Karolina informed Logan Michelle Pantsil has a close source from inside his camp. Furious Logan to commands to find out who, after accusing Ken. Once they land everyone touches base with Frank to discuss PGM before going hunting. Someone makes a kill and they take a group photo before the boar is prepared for dinner. Part way through dinner, Logan confronts the room demanding to know who tipped off Naomi Pierce, and who has been talking to a book editor about him. He first accuses Frank, and then Karl, before making him stand in the corner. He is accompanied by Tom and Greg. He berates them and forces them to eat sausages, before Ken discovers Roman was the mole after he steals his phone to check his logged calls. Ken also confesses the team doesn't think that PGM merge is a good idea. Logan is going to go ahead with it anyway. 
The next morning at breakfast, everyone is still surprised from the night before. Logan finds out Moe was the one who talked to Michelle Pantsil and passed away the night before. Logan calls Shiv to bring her into Waystar Royco and Gerri convinces Roman to take the 6-week management curse. 
While celebrating the start of his daughter taking over the company they are interrupted by Ken, but both insist Shiv being there is nothing. Shiv overlooks her first board meeting with her dad. Once Logan arrives they start discussing Pierce News merger. They also discuss Mark Ravenhead and wanting to determine if he is a Nazi supporter That afternoon, upon hearing gunshots he is immediately rushed with Shiv to a secure safe room. Soon Rhea Jarrell is ushered in, but no one can find Ken. He is eventually found and brought in. The topic of the merge comes up and Ken is able to determine the only problem was they wanted more money. Rhea unofficially confirms his suspicion. Eventually it is determined the gunshot was from a suicide. Logan's sees Rhea off to her car, and she suggests a peace offering, like firing Mark Ravenhead for personally offending Nan Pierce. 
Logan officially informs his family they will be binding Pierce Media. However, before any deals can be made. The Pierce Family wants to ensure they are selling to good people, and he demands a sharp and crisp image from everyone. They helicopter in, and greet the family outside before making their way inside. Both families are mingling and Logan even gives a speech after Nan encourages him to. Logan soon heard his entire family into a small room, telling everyone to do better. He scolds Shiv for her rude joke, and tells Connor to stop talking politics, and reminds Ron to be more polite before he ushers everyone back out. That night at dinner everyone is having rather cordial conversations. Marcia is offered more wine, but Logan declines for her. Marcia insists on another cup and insults Logan's preference for wine. The question of who will succeed Logan comes up, but he declines to answer. Shiv announces she will be taking over the company. Out of anger he quickly shuts-down the conversation. An awkward silence ensues until Nan suggests everyone go for a walk. 
After breakfast Nan and Naomi have a private meeting with Logan, Shiv and Ken. They agreed to sell their company, but after hearing the list of condition, including Shiv be his successor, Logan gets upset and leaves. Once they arrived back in New York, the Pierce family has changed their minds and agree to the terms. Everyone celebrates over champagne. 
Logan demands his staff continue obtaining information about the PGM settlement while they wait to land at a tiny airport along with many other billionaires for the world convention in Argestes. One at the conference, Logan and a few others are soon ushered away by Colin to another room. A magazine has been tipped off about the Cruise Line Scandal and are going to go public within 36 hours. They conference in Shiv for her suggestions, but ultimately go with Ken's idea of playing hardball and threatening to sue. They all agreed to immediately wrap up things with the Pierce family. They need a white knight, and Gerri suggests Roman, while Logan asks Shiv to fly down. Logan warns his wife, Marcia things might get nasty, and she's going to hear some awful things in the media. She reminds him she's with him no matter what. Nan and Rhea finally arrives and have breakfast with Logan and Ken, who are trying to subtly rush the agreement with papers to sign. Unfortunately, the story brakes, and the two quickly make their exits to do re-con. In a private room everyone goes over the information on their phones. The magazine moved their story up after being bullied by the family. The article informs how Moe demanded sex in order for the dancers to keep their jobs, and if they declined were fired and blacklisted from other events. They ask Shiv to be on the panel, but she says she's not involved. Gerri also declines thinking it will send a bad message to have a lawyer speaking. They decide on Roman and Ken. After trying to make a quiet escape, they have been barred it with people canceling meetings with Logan. Before eating, Logan vomits, a possible combination of altitude sickness and the current events. 
Not long before presentation Shiv shows up, wanting on the panel. Everyone argues and they try to knock Roman off. Logan decides all three of them will go. Once onstage, Shiv and Kendall dominates the conversation. Shiv acknowledge how serious the situation is, while also repeating it happened a long time ago, and makes a joke about her father being a dinosaur. Kendall agrees the accusations are horrible and will be dealt with swiftly. After the conference, they all get into a fight, where Roman makes another smart-aleck comment and is struck in the face by his dad. Knocking out a tooth. Ken immediately stands up for his brother, yelling at his father to never do that again. They finish off the weekend at a comedy roast special. And are insulted by the comedian. Logan seems Nan leaves and follows her out. She is upset and fires Rhea before telling him the deal is off and driving away. 
Logan and Marcia are overlooking his party. Glad to see that the negative press has done nothing to damper his social standing. Frank and Gerri call for a private meeting with Logan, Ken, and Roman upstairs to discuss their shareholders and decide to fly to London to reassure everyone, including his second wife Caroline Collingwood who holds 3%. Shiv is purposely left out and downstairs. 
Logan and Roman share a car to the airport where Logan debatably apologizes for striking Roman at the conference days earlier. One onboard, they find Ken and Rhea. Logan decided to invite her since she was already going to London. Also confirming he could use her strategic mind. A UK newspaper prints an article about Andrew Dodds, propaganda created by Steely and Sandy. Alleging Logan bullied him to death. Logan immediately sets up a meeting with the kid's family, and informs Ken he's coming along. Logan and Ken arrived at The Dodds's home, and are greeted by a single photographer. Ken was left outside in the kitchen while they have a private conversation in the living room. After a while, they eventually leave together. Shiv comes to London to track him down and ask where she stands in the company. Though he doesn't give her a clear answer, be demands to know what she was thinking about working with The Pierce Family. The rest of them go back to New York without her. 
The entire Roy family plus staff are on a private plane to Dundee, Scotland. Caroline brings up a disgruntled employee from the cruises, Logan confirms an offer of 5 million and willing to go up to 10. Once they land, he is riding shotgun with Marcia and Connor and passes through his old hometown. It is clear his memories are not all good ones, though he doesn't voice most of them verbally. Before making their way to another meeting, Colin interrupts Logan wishing to talk to him in private. Upon Logan's return, Marcia makes her exit, while Logan and Rhea talk more business. Everyone is gathered around drinking champagne. Shiv stops a waiting from pouring Rhea's drink, and adds Rhea is also a liberal. This along with Rhea's speech that bringing up his mother and dead sister, further upset him. 
The next day, what was supposed to be a tour of Logan's childhood home, ends abruptly when he only rolls down his window from the car before leaving moments later. While on a tour of Logan's print building, he is confronted by his older brother Ewan Roy. Their disdain for each other remains, just as strong as ever.
Logan is on his way to the gala, with Marcia, informing her, he intends to leave early after the soup and salad. Rhea gathers everyone to be quiet as Logan is arriving, and Logan immediately leaves. He is surprised to find around 200 people when he was only expecting 20 - 30. Marcia calms him, and they are escorted back inside by Colin, where everyone again shouts out 'Surprise'. Having gathered himself, Logan thanks everyone and begins shaking hands. Connor is talking to Logan asking him if he wants to invest in Willa's play. They are interrupted by Ken and Jennifer. Logan smiles at them throughout the introduction, before he makes his exit, unimpressed. He finds Siobhan, and they both agreed to call a truce for the night. She presents him with his gift, a scrapbook of all the places they have lived.
In the bathroom, Logan is cornered by Greg, who informs, he has loved working with him, but is forced to step down by his own grandfather. or will be cut out of his will. Everyone is seated for speeches, where Ken surprises everyone with a rap. During his children's video speeches, Logan is interrupted multiple times. Siobhan gives her father the go-ahead about his successor. Logan announces Rhea as his new successor. Marcia is upset with Logan and leaves, only for his brother Ewan to take her place. He confronts his brother on being a horrible human being, and can't wait for his empire to crumble. Logan makes his way to center stage, and unveils his plaque for being a businessman for 50 years. 
Logan takes a walk by himself through Central Park, as Colin walks behind him. Not long after he and the men in the family watch the news for who’s names will be pin-pointed for the Cruise Line Sex Scandal. Moe’s, Gerri’s and Tom’s names are all mentioned. They are all making comments at the TV, while his staff are in the other rooms watching and taking notes. Logan removes himself and is joined by Roman in the hallway, who agrees to go on a business trip for with Eduard Asgarov. The next day, Rhea joins the party for damage control and after a feeble attempt to rally the troops, departs again. 
Weeks later, they are gathered at the courthouse. After Tom's debacle questioning before Congress, Logan and Ken make a joint appearance. Logan reads his well-prepared statement, but immediately defers all questions to his son. Logan sends the two women to go talk to the witness. Shiv is cheered a hero when she convinces the witness to take the money over testifying. During their celebration party, Rhea takes Logan aside and informs him she quits as his CEO. That night while Logan and Shiv are watching TV, he confirms they must have a blood sacrifice. 
Logan is in the back of the car beside Hugo. He is debating who to use as a blood sacrifice and has a number of names circled, even seemingly adding himself to the list. Logon is interrupted by a call from Phillipe Layton, and it's inconvenient to receive bad news. 
Logan arrived by helicopter and immediately calls all three of the hostage survivors inside to discuss business from Turkey. Despite what Laird thinks, Roman insists they have no deal. Laird is upset and decides to depart from the trip early. Meanwhile, Connor comes to his father to ask for more money to help Willa's play stay afloat -- something he'd been trying to ask his father about for a while. The two agrees to a couple million dollars, provided he drops his campaign to become president.
Logan mysteriously tells everyone to continue relaxing and he'll see them at dinner. They all begin to suspect something. Logan is surprised when Ken insights Naomi's stay. Logan confesses he didn't realize things were so serious, and they both briefly talk of marriage. The next day at breakfast Logan announces they need a blood sacrifice. He doesn't say who, but asks for ideas on what to do. Everyone tippy-toes about, giving up another's name after their name has been called. Connor sacrifices himself, but Logan confirms he isn't a big enough fish. Logan breaks it up. Telling everyone it's enough conversation for now.
Ken tells his dad if they need help, Stewy's in Greece, but he declines. Later Logan asks Ken to get in contact with Stewy Hosseini. They take a boat to meet him, but Stewy shuts them both down. Shiv finds her dad & asks if Tom will be thrown to the sharks, Logan says he is not after him. She also asks why she wasn't good enough, but he doesn't really give her a solid answer. The two make up and Logan apologizes for not having more faith in her. Logan interrupts Ken's cardio, and soon asks Ken to take the fall. Calmly as ever, asking his son to go to jail for him. Ken asked if he was ever going to make him CEO, and if he ever thought he was good enough to run the company. Logan admits he didn't have much faith in him. Ken ultimately agrees. That night at dinner Logan announces Ken will be the one taking the fall. The rest of the dinners remains very quiet.
The next morning Greg and Ken fly back to New York for the announcement, while he and Shiv watch on TV. Ken changes his mind and tells the news reporters his dad was in full compliance and knew exactly what was going on the entire time. 
- Logan had a hemorrhagic stroke, a bleed in the deep right hemisphere that put pressure on the thalamus and the brain stem, and that's what caused a loss of consciousness.  
- Logan collects War Medals. 
- If Ewan Roy volunteered to join the Vietnam War, and Logan didn't then they were both probably living in Canada between 1955 – 1963. (The war ended in 1975) As they would have been too young when the war started in 1955, and by 1963, Logan wouldn't have been an ideal candidate at 25 years old. 
- Both Logan and Ewan were British Citizens and then became Canadian citizens. 
- Logan became an American citizen later in life, he would have had to renounce one of his other citizenships. According to his brother, he renounced both. 
- Logan admits he planted stories about Ken's drug use. 
- In a fight, his children brought up how he would refer to his uncle as 'evil Uncle Noah'. 
- Logan claims he is too sick to attend his daughter, Shiv's wedding after they get into a fight. 
- Logan's plan for Shiv was; Six months with Gerri, six months with Karl. Hong Kong, Berlin, or London for another 12, management training program for six. Then an eventual back for 1 year with him, for when the time was ready, he would step aside.
- Shiv and Tom previously had a plan for Tom himself to move up and eventually get Waystar Royco. 
- Shiv is being brought into Waystar Royco to start her hands-on training with Logan. 
- Shiv was brought into Waystar Royco for her hands-on training with [Logan. 
- Kendall Roy shoplifting is an open-secret to Gerri, Logan, Shiv, Jess, and Colin. 
- It's unknown what happened to Rose Roy, beyond the fact that she is a very sensitive topic and Logan has blamed himself for her death. 
- Logan and Ewan are from Dundee, Scotland and left home at 4 and 5. 
- Logan had a sister named Rose who died. 
- Logan named Rhea Jarrell as his successor to Waystar Royco. 
- Logan Roy's actor, Brian Cox was also raised in Dundee, Scotland. In interviews, he revealed he did not know of his character's birthplace, assuming it to be Quebec, Canada like the scripts, until Jesse Armstrong said his birthplace was the one he was born with as a surprise.