This article is from the All My Children FAQ, by Margaret Gibbs gibbsm@no_spam.poppyware.com with numerous contributions by others.
Charlie's parents are Tara Martin and Philip Brent. He thought his
father was Chuck Tyler, but later found out that Phil was his
biological father. His real name is Philip Charles Brent.
Charlie (born Philip Charles Tyler) is the biological son of Tara
Martin and Philip Brent. Tara and Phil were childhood sweethearts,
who made love on the night before Philip went off to fight in Vietnam.
Phil was declared missing in action, and Tara found out she was
pregnant. In desperation, she turned to Philip's best friend, Chuck
Tyler, who was also in love with Tara, and the two were married.
When Philip Charles was born, everyone assumed that he was Chuck's
son (although Chuck knew better). Eventually, Philip returned,
having been a prisoner of war. It was finally revealed that "Little
Phil" was his son. Little Phil, who had grown up thinking Chuck
was his father, refused to be known by that name any more, and took
the name of Charlie Tyler. Eventually, he was reconciled with Phil,
and took the last name of Brent, but kept the name Charlie.