Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (née Solomon: 1898–1947) and Jack Lieber (1893–1965), at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan. Though raised in a Jewish household, In a 2002 survey of whether he believed in God, he stated, "Well, let me put it this way. . . [Pauses. ] No, I'm not going to try to be clever. I really don't know. I just don't know. " His father, trained as a dress cutter, worked only sporadically after the Great Depression, and the family moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Lee had one younger brother named Larry Lieber. He said in 2006 that as a child he was influenced by books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles. By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living in an apartment at 1720 University Avenue in The Bronx. Lee described it as "a third-floor apartment facing out back". Lee and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept on a foldout couch.