Joe Martin has been a presence in Pine Valley since All My Children's first episode. He'sa widower with two children who moved to here after the death of his wife. Joe, Tara and Jeff lived with Joe's mother Kate, while Joe went to work at Pine Valley Hospital.

It was there he met Ruth Brent, a kind nurse with whom he felt an immediate connection. Under normal circumstances, Joe and Ruth might have started dating, but Ruth was married to alcoholic Ted Brent. Joe and Ruth developed a strong friendship, with Joe often being a shoulder to cry on during Ruth's problems with Ted. But when Ted was killed in an accident, Joe and Ruth began a relationship. They eventually married...

Wife: Ruth Martin
: Tara Martin (with Helen Martin), Jeff Martin (with Helen Martin), Jake Martin (with Ruth Martin), Tad Martin (adoptive) Grandchildren: Jamie Martin (adoptive), Kelsey Jefferson, Charlie Brent, Josh Madden, Kate Martin (adoptive) Great-Grandchildren: Sam Grey (adopted by Edmund and Maria Grey)
Mother: Kate Martin (deceased)
: Paul Martin
: Beth Martin (deceased)
: Carolyn Martin
: Amy Tyler
Significant Romantic Relationships
: Helen Martin (1st wife/deceased), Ruth Martin (2nd wife)

All My Children Quotes

Kings have jesters. Circuses have clowns. I have Mary.

Adam Chandler

[Kendall has given Zach a plane ticket to Haiti, where they can get divorced quickly]
Zach: You know what? This date's not going to work for me.
Kendall: Make it work.
Zach: Love to, but I can't.
Kendall: Well, what? Is there something going on at the casino? I mean, I can handle it.
Zach: No, I took the afternoon off.
Kendall: What's so important that you can't reschedule it?
Zach: I'm rearranging my sock drawer.
Kendall: Yeah.
Zach: No, it's serious business. I mean, I've got the gym socks touching the dress socks. It's a real mess. Anyway, we've got to reschedule this divorce thing.