All My Children

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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
Children
: 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)
Siblings
: Paul Martin
Niece
: Beth Martin (deceased)
Daughter-in-law
: Carolyn Martin
Sister-in-law
: Amy Tyler
Significant Romantic Relationships
: Helen Martin (1st wife/deceased), Ruth Martin (2nd wife)

All My Children Quotes

Vanessa Bennett Cortlandt: Palmer, come on. It's a perfectly understandable concern. I mean, nobody knows what the future will hold. A meteor could drop on the Valley Inn tonight and kill us all.
Palmer Cortlandt: Well, that's a cheery thought.
Vanessa Bennett Cortlandt: Oh. And what would happen to Leo then?
Palmer Cortlandt: Well, he'd be dead. I mean, a meteor, you know.

Opal: You could have another heart attack if you're aggravated enough.
Palmer: Then leave, and save my life.

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