|Born||11th April 1960|
|Died||8th February 2010|
|Spouse(s)|| Ann McIntyre (1990) |
Gail Platt (2010)
|Children||Tina McIntyre (1991)|
|First appearance||26th May 2008|
|Last appearance||8th February 2010|
|Number of appearances||174|
|Played by||Reece Dinsdale|
Joe McIntyre was the father of Tina McIntyre and later the husband of Gail McIntyre. After a series of debts and problems, Joe tried to fake his own death in 2010 to get life insurance, but ended up killing himself for real when out on Lake Windermere at night.
When Joe fitted a kitchen for the Windasses, they refused to pay up as they didn't like the work. David, Tina and Graeme Proctor later arrived and tore out the kitchen. They later stole Joe's tools. They moved into Coronation Street in December 2008. The mother Anna Windass wanted to make peace with them and talked to Gail about it, who accepted. However, when they spent Christmas together, a fight broke out between David and Gary Windass, who tried to flirt with Tina. Joe got angry and started throwing food at them, and told them to leave. This had worried Gail.
Joe injured his back when loading up his van, and had to take two weeks from work. When prescribed painkillers, he began to get addicted over the coming months. In order to get painkillers from the doctors, he said he still had a sore back. When his doctor cut down the amount of tablets, Joe tried to find a dealer. When Graeme offered to get him some painkillers, Joe agreed and got some for free. However, Graeme said Joe would have to pay if he wanted anymore painkillers. David got in on the act and started taunting and teasing Joe.
Joe had enough, so took drastic action. He stole Gail's keys to the Rosamund Street Medical Centre, let himself in and started smashing up cupboards with a sledgehammer and a crowbar trying to get to the drugs. The police later arrived to arrest him, and he got community service.
Joe and Gail had dinner on the back of the boat on her drive. Joe then proposed to Gail, which she happily accepted.
In December 2009, it was revealed that Joe was in debt with a loan shark named Rick Neelan, who he owed £9,000. Rick began bothering Joe, so Joe gave Rick the van which he hoped would at least be worth the amount of money Joe owed him. Rick however returned, damanding more money. When Gail found out, she agreed to sell the house and help him pay off his debts. However, even though Joe was happy for Gail's support, he quickly needed the money to get Rick of his back.
Joe later borrowed money from Gail's dad Ted Page, saying he was putting it towards a flat for him and Gail. Ted was happy to help. However, Joe later gave the cash to Rick, and told Rick to stay clear of his wedding which was coming up.
In January 2010, Gail and Joe got married, with Gail's dad giving her away and Gail's son Nick Tilsley being the best man. When they were celebrating in the Rovers, Rick turned up and demanded Joe to pay £15,000 in interest. Rick also threatened Joe, saying he would hurt his daughter Tina. Joe and Gail left for their honeymoon in the Lake District. Joe was however worried by what Rick was going to do.
Joe then booked to return to the Wyke in Windermere for the 8th February after much research on the internet and more threats from the loan shark. Shortly before their departure, Joe confessed to a suspicious Tina about how much trouble he was in, and that the man who Tina thought had previously visited her flat for a viewing was in fact the loan shark and that he did this to put pressure on Joe. A furious Tina offers help, but Joe insists that he can manage his own problem and that he's worked out a way of dealing with it. The argument ends bitterlly with last words from Joe, "I don't need your money, i'll sort this, i don't need help from anyone!" When Gail arrives home from work later that night, she discovers Joe talking on the phone. He receives a confirmation that they will arrive at Windermere on Monday the 8th February, and Joe is highly exited.
Even later that night, Joe visits Tina at her flat and apologises, and tells her that he can manage on his own, but that everything's going to be fine and settles the air. It's at this point that Joe tells Tina that he and Gail are returning to Windermere for a few days, and is taking the boat. A tearful and emotional Joe says his final words, "Whatever I say, whatever I do, I'll always love you. And you'll never get rid of me, I'll be back. (Tina- "What are you the 'Terminator?') "Yeah I am. Wish me luck." (Tina - "Good look.") - Joe leaves Tina in a much better mood.
Joe prepares the Boat early Monday morning, and packs everything ready to go. Gail is slowing him down, while he is raring to go. As Gail get's ready, Joe keeps looking outside for the loan shark. Gail spends some time on the phone to her son Nick, whilst a patient Joe waits. When Gail has finished on the phone, she walks out the door, and asks Joe if he's ready. The couple both go to the car, and after a quick send off from Audrey, David and Tina, they leave for Windermere.
Gail and Joe arrive at Windermere and get settled in. Meanwhile, david is confronted by the loan shark who is looking for Joe, and has a message for him for when he returns which is that Rik's not happy. Tina overhears the conversation and catches up with David to tell him about the trouble that Joe is in, they discuss this, and both fear that Joe might do something stupid.
While Joe and Gail relax for their first night of the trip after taking a boat trip on the lake, their discussion drifts from Joe's debts, and how nice it would be to turn their back on their troubles, to Gail contemplating about winning the lottery to create a clean slate. Joe then says that there is another way, and that is to disapeer, and compares his plans to a man who did the same, but got arrested for faking his own death. He then tells Gail that he is worth more to her dead than alive, and that she'd have to manage for a few years, but down the line she would get her lottery win and he explained how him faking his own death could solve all of their problems.
Gail then realises that his contemplation of an idea is a plan that he has thought about and researched a lot on the internet. Gail is terrified, but Joe explains that if he doesn't fake his own death, then the loan shark will kill him for real. Joe explains that bodies have been lost in the lake before, and that all she needs to do is let Joe escape on the boat, and report him missing to the police the next morning. He will then catch a ferry to Ireland, so that he can lie low there, get a new identity and job, and that he has researched all of this on the internet. He explains that the life insurance will pay up in 7 years, and that they will have enough money to last them forever.
After his discussion with Gail, Joe puts his plan into action. Gail tries to stop him by wrestling with him and jumping onto the boat, but Joe overpowers her and throws her back onto the jetty. He then sails off into the night, leaving a screaming Gail alone. However, his plan turns horribly wrong when a huge gust of wind moves the sailing mast, which plunges into Joe with a great force, sending him into the freezing water. He attempts to swim back to the boat, but the rough and icy waters, as well as the strong, cold winds prove too much for him to handle - his body seizes up and he drowns just before he can pull himself up on board.
- The character was originally introduced as the father of established character Tina McIntyre. After appearing for two episodes in early 2008, the character was brought back a few months later as a new love interest to Gail Platt (Helen Worth).
- In July 2009 it was announced that Reece Dinsdale quit his role in the character of Joe over "typecast fears". Originally it was rumoured the character would die of a painkiller overdose (as the character had a storyline dealing with painkiller addiction that summer) however it was later revealed he would die in a boating accident.
- Joe's painkiller addiction storyline received praise from doctors who had run drug rehabilitation centres, stating "Medication abuse can be very dangerous. Misuse of over-the-counter or prescription drugs can lead to dependence that is physical and mental."
- Reece Dinsdale's final appearance of Joe is in Episode 7270 on 8th February 2010, but the character's corpse is seen in Episode 7276 (18th February 2010) and Episode 7278 (19th February 2010) floating in the water in the Lake District.
Gail: "I'm not responsible for the mess you're in."
Joe: "I am starting to wonder about that."
Gail: "what's that supposed to mean?"
Joe: "You really want to know? You're a jinx, you happy now? When it comes to the male of the species you are the equivalent of Tutankhamun's curse. Before we met, life was on the up. Well I wasn't exactly setting the world alight but I was holding me own. Now look at the state of me! Look at me!"
Gail: "Joe you're scaring me!"
Joe: "And to think, in them early days when you subjected me to the Gail Platt school of pain I actually felt sorry for you. I said to myself, how can any woman have that much bad luck with blokes. Fast forward 18 months and suddenly it all makes sense! Bad luck, you make your own luck! And its mugs like me who pay the price! That doorway should have a sign over it, 'Fellas, abandon all ye enter'."
(Joe blames Gail for his bad luck after she refused to sell 8 Coronation Street)
"Gail, help me, Gail!" (Final Line, when crying Gail's name when drowning)