John Ingle. Photo Reuters
John Ingle, who played the ruthless patriarch Edward
Quartermaine for two decades on daytime soap opera "General
Hospital," has died at age 84.
The actor died "surrounded by his family in California...
after a courageous battle with cancer," according to a
statement by television network ABC. He filmed his last
episode of "General Hospital" on August 24.
"With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle's
passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a
part of the #GH family," the show's executive producer Frank
Valentini tweeted on Monday.
Ingle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1928, and his family
moved throughout the Midwest before settling in California
when Ingle was a teenager.
He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and went on to
teach drama at Beverly Hills High School and Hollywood High
School for a combined 30 years. His students included Richard
Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey, David Schwimmer and Nicolas Cage.
Ingle pursued an acting career after retiring from teaching
in 1985. In addition to his longstanding role on "General
Hospital", Ingle's television credits include "Cheers," "The
Drew Carey Show," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Dallas."
Ingle married actress and singer Grace-Lynne Martin in 1954 ,
and they were married for 57 years until her death earlier
this year from natural causes. Together they had five
daughters and nine grandchildren.