Born on May 12, 1967 (although in one episode he claims his birthday is in December and in episode 4 of season 1 he says that it is October 20 and his birthday was 7 months ago; in episode 2 of season 9, he states his birthday is October 18), and raised on Long Island, Ross is the elder brother of Monica Geller. Ross and Monica are Jewish and see themselves as at least cultural Jews, with Ross taking a more active role in wanting to teach his son, Ben, about the faith. Ross gets divorced and is newly single in the very first episode because his wife, Carol, has realized she's a lesbian. Later in the series, he dates Rachel Green, but their relationship results in a break-up. After his relationship with Rachel ends, Ross marries Emily Waltham, the niece of Rachel's boss. However, because Ross says "I take thee Rachel" instead of Emily during the nuptials, the marriage doesn't last long. In season 5, Ross marries Rachel in Las Vegas when the two are drunk, and ultimately that marriage results in a divorce as well, but they confess that if they ever got married properly it would be the one that lasted. Throughout the series, Ross gets divorced 3 times. In the first episode of Joey, the spinoff series, it is hinted that Ross and Rachel may have gotten married again, as he tells his sister Gina that all of his friends are married.