Veteran General Hospital star dies

Sep 17, 2012 at 5:49 p.m. ET

Longtime General Hospital actor John Ingle passed away over the weekend. He was 84.

General Hospital John Ingle passes away

Sad news for General Hospital fans: Actor John Ingle — better known as patriarch Edward Quartermaine — passed away on Sunday, according to People. He was 84.

The death was also confirmed with a Facebook post from a family member.

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"John Houston Ingle May 7, 1928 - September 16, 2012," Jennifer Ingle Briguglio Bandy wrote.

"Father, Husband, Grandan, Great Grandan, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer, Mentor: May You Soar with the Angels. You will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts. You were joy, light and love. Goodness at its very best. For the rest of our days, we will all do our best to continue to make you proud. Rest in peace and continue to spread your generous spirit in the heavens above. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. With love forever."

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Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ingle moved to California as a child and later attended Occidental College. After graduation, he became a high school theater teacher at Hollywood High School and later at Beverly Hills High School where he taught a list of notable students, including David Schwimmer, Nicolas Cage and Albert Brooks. He retired from teaching in 1985.

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Ingle started acting in 1981, but he didn't start on General Hospital until 1993. He played the role until he was fired in 2003. Fans revolted over the decision and he was rehired in a recurring role. At the same time, he took a job on Days of Our Lives, among other primetime shows. He eventually returned to General Hospital full time in 2006.

Ingle's wife of 58 years, Grace-Lynn, passed away earlier this year at age 84.

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