John Ingle Dies: Longtime ‘General Hospital’ Star Passes Away At 84

Legendary actor John Ingle, known best for his nearly two-decade stint on ABC’s General Hospital, died Sunday at the age of 84.

Ingle’s family took to Facebook to confirm the sad news with a post that reads:

“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.”

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ingle spent the early part of his life teaching theater in California before diving into the entertainment business in his later years. Wikipedia notes that Ingle taught at Hollywood High School from 1955 until 1964, when he transferred to Beverly Hills High School.

His students at Beverly Hills High School included Nicolas Cage, David Schwimmer and Richard Dreyfuss.

After retiring from teaching in 1985, Ingle landed a couple of small TV roles but it wasn’t until 1993 that he stepped into his most significant part, the scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

Ingle assumed the role after original actor David Lewis retired due to health issues.

Besides General Hospital, Ingle also had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show and played Mickey Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives from 2004-2006.

Following Ingle’s passing, several GH stars took to Twittersphere to offer tributes to the actor.

Chad Duell, who plays Michael Corinthos, wrote:

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“RIP John Ingle. You were so amazingly sweet and big hearted. The world lost a great man, but heaven gained one.”

John J. York, who plays Mac Scorpio on the show, tweeted:

“John Ingle my dear friend, so full of love kindness generosity & humor I will miss u dearly love and deep condolences 2 his beautiful family,”

John Ingle is survived by five daughters, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.