1972: Charlie Brent was born Phillip
Charles Tyler in Pine Valley, the first great-grandson of the town’s
most venerable of families. In truth, this Tyler boy was a Brent. Tara
Tyler had slept with her high school sweetheart, Phil Brent, before he
left for Vietnam. Chuck Tyler decided to marry Tara and raise the child
as his own, in all the laps of luxury that only a Tyler could bestow.
1975: Phillip fell ill and needed a blood transfusion. Both parents
proved not to be a match. It took the intervention of his uncle Phil Brent.
This arose suspicion among everyone in Pine Valley. Phillip had to rally
by Chuck when his old kidney condition returned. When Chuck recovered,
Tara asked him for a divorce. Phillip was confused as to why his parents
suddenly separated, but had a feeling Uncle Phil was to blame.
1976: Phillip began to experience asthma attacks at the very
thought of Phil and Tara marrying. Joe was sure his symptoms were psychosomatic.
Tara needed to address the issue away from Pine Valley, and took Phillip
with her to a clinic in Arizona. They returned when Chuck lay near death
after being physically assaulted.
Phillip avoided the church when Phil and Tara were married. He wanted
to be with Chuck. The likelihood of his parents reuniting was slim.
1977: Phillip refused to live with Tara and Phil. During their
honeymoon, he lived at his father’s home. Phillip snuck into Phoebe’s
car when she decided to spy on his great-grandfather Charles Tyler and
Mona Kane. Little did Phillip know, Phoebe was drunk. Phoebe crashed the
car and Phillip was admitted to the hospital. Chuck cut Phoebe out of
Phillip’s life until she agreed to get help for her alcoholism.
1978: Phillip wanted to change his name to Charlie in honor of
the person he considered to be his real father, Chuck. Tara and Chuck
agreed to the change, but Phil, his namesake, was annoyed. Charlie began
acting up in school. He stole Mona Kane’s hubcaps, and later set
fire to a car. Phil and Tara fought over what to do with Charlie. After
Phil submitted Charlie’s name to the authorities, he and Tara separated.
Charlie soon learned why Phil was always so protective of him. He, and
not Chuck, was his real father. In a drunken announcement, Phoebe announced
the truth of Charlie’s paternity to all of Pine Valley at Erica
Cudahy's “Couples to Watch” party.
Learning Phil was his father had a surprising affect on Charlie. He understood
why things had been so strange between them for so long. After Phil risked
his life to save Chuck from Ray Gardner, Charlie reconciled with his father.
When his parents renewed their vows, Charlie was by his parents’
Phil got a new job with the Narcotics Bureau. The Brents moved to Washington,
DC. But, their happiness was short lived. Tara and Charlie returned to
Pine Valley when Phil was reported missing in an undercover mission.
1980: Charlie had problems dealing with his father’s disappearance.
Tara enlisted the help of child psychologist Jim Jefferson. Phil was proclaimed
dead after the plane he was in was found shot of the sky.
1981: Charlie watched reluctantly as Tara married Jim. They moved
Charlie visited Pine Valley to mourn the passing of Kate Martin.
1986: Charlie returned to Pine Valley to start freshmen year
at Pine Valley University. He decided to move in with Phoebe, hoping to
help her cope with Charles’s death.
1987: Charlie began dating Julie Chandler. They were the perfect
all-American couple. But, Phoebe’s goddaughter had her own plans
for Charlie. She wanted to seduce the virginal Charlie. Charlie assured
Julie he had no one in his eyes but her.
Julie ran away from home after her father, Ross Chandler, was accused
of raping Natalie Cortlandt. Charlie searched for his lover in New York
to no avail. He made his way back to Pine Valley empty handed. His broken
heart made him ripe for Cecily’s seduction.
1988: Charlie and Julie’s reunion was bittersweet. Charlie
realized Julie’s time in New York had changed her. He also disapproved
of her blossoming friendship with street rat Nico Kelly. Not wanting to
be hurt, Charlie transferred to Stanford with plans of becoming a doctor.
Charlie returned to Pine Valley after taking a break from Stanford. He
told his family he needed a break. In truth, he was rethinking his plans
to become a doctor.
Charlie’s return seemed to be at a perfect time. Tad was presumed
dead after falling of a bridge. As he helped his grandparents come to
grips with the loss of their son, Charlie also sparked a relationship
with Lanie Cortlandt, Tad’s sister-in-law.
Charlie began spending a lot of time in Cortlandt Manor. He was the hero
of Pine Valley when he saved Palmer Cortlandt, after he had fallen through
the ice over the Cortlandt pond while under the influence of the drug
CRS-17. He and Lanie consummated their relationship. This made her realize
she was still in love with David Rampal. She broke up with Charlie and
It was clear that Charlie was not going to be a doctor. So, he began working
at Enchantment Cosmetics. His new boss, Erica, took a liking to Charlie.
He was named the “Man of Enchantment.” Erica and Charlie’s
life went from the boardroom and into the bedroom. Charlie proposed to
Erica, stirring up drama in the Martin family. After all, Erica was at
one time married to Phil, his father.
Charlie’s grandfather Nick Davis came to Pine Valley to speak with
Charlie. At a Martin family dinner, Nick confronted Erica about her intentions
for Charlie. When Erica could not say that she loved Charlie, he broke
Charlie made arrangements to return to Stanford.
1992: Charlie returned to Pine Valley to open his own
private investigations firm. At first, he became a method of escape for
Erica in her loveless marriage to Adam Chandler. Through Erica, Charlie
met Hayley Vaughan, Adam’s daughter. Hayley became partner in his
Charlie and Hayley’s relationship became more than just professional.
But Adam was very protective of Hayley. He encouraged her to return to
Enchantment. The end of their professional relationship also marked the
end of the personal liaison, especially after Charlie began looking into
Adam's faked kidnapping.
Charlie found his new partner in the most unlikely of places. Cecily was
back in town and wanted to fill in for Hayley. Charlie liked working with
Cecily, but he knew something was wrong with his old friend. Charlie inquired
about Cecily’s husband, Nico, and she assured him that everything
was going well.
Charlie was frantic when Tara called him after his little sister, Kate
Jefferson, ran away from home. Tara knew the only place she would run
away to, was Pine Valley. Joe and Charlie canvassed the city. They fount
Kate, now going by Kelsey, at one of Brooke English’s homeless shelters.
Tara failed to tell them that Kelsey ran away because she was pregnant.
Unlucky in love, Charlie began an Internet romance. Charlie’s new
girl, “Clueless,” seemed like a perfect match for him. Little
did he know, “Clueless” was none other than Cecily. Though
their romance did not work out when they were kids, a lot had changed
since then. Charlie and Cecily married on New Year’s Eve.
1996: Charlie took a job in Silicon Valley. At Christmas
time, he and Cecily called Phoebe to tell her that they were expecting