General Hospital Patriarch John Ingle Dead at 84

The daytime soap opera community has been dealt another blow. John Ingle, who portrayed billionaire curmudgeon Edward Quartermaine on ABC's General Hospital on and off since 1993, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 16. He was 84.

Long before Ingle pulled off one of the most successful recasts in soap history—assuming the role of Edward following the retirement of the late David Lewis—the former English and theatre teacher taught some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including: Nicolas Cage, Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, and Julie Kavner.

In 2004, after being bumped to recurring status at GH, Ingle infamously jumped ship to NBC's Days of Our Lives where he played lusty lawyer Mickey Horton until 2006. He was replaced on GH by Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jed Allan, much to the dismay of Ingle's diehard fans, who christened the recast "Jedward" online.

In a bittersweet twist of irony, Ingle recently reprised the role of Edward Quartermaine for what turned out to be his last time. The beloved character faced death amid the fictional town of Port Charles having being poisoned by a mad man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ingle's family, friends and co-workers. 


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  1. Profile photo of Delia Diva
    Delia Diva

    I am so sorry to hear this. It was great to see him last week on the show and was hoping he’d be back. Hope GH gives him the proper tribute he deserves. Prayers to his family and friends and fans

  2. Profile photo of GHFan76

    Very sad to hear this news. He was a class act. Grateful to see him grace us one last time last week. His final line, “I love you too.” Thought and prayers go out to his family.

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    He truly was one of the best daytime recasts. I loved David Lewis and I loved John Ingle. Rest in Peace !

    I hope Edward is treated with great respect and is given a great send off.

  4. Profile photo of GHvetfan

    He truly was one of the best daytime recasts. I loved David Lewis and I loved John Ingle. Rest in Peace !

    I hope Edward is treated with great respect and is given a great send off.

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    Although I wasn’t a consistent viewer of GH, John Ingle’s Edward Quartermaine was one of those unforgettable characters that left an indelible impression on all soap fans across network boundaries.

    I loved the acting choices that he made with the character. I heard that he never won an Emmy. If this is true, then clearly the Emmy’s are not all that they should be.

    And he was clearly a wonderful teacher as well, judging from the caliber of student under his tutelage.

    I can’t help but sigh with a hint of sadness when I think of another original from the genre’s golden age (one of the golden ages anyway) has passed on. At least he can go on to rest now.

    He will be missed.

  6. Profile photo of JaSamLover

    I literally gasped seeing this. So sad. I’m very grateful we all got to see him one last time on GH. I suspect this will be like when Anna Lee died, actors true emotions coming through over the loss of a wonderful person along with their character.

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    I am so gratelful I got to see him on last week. He was truly one of the best- and I hope he is in a better place with his wife. I hope to see a truly fantastic send off on the show..

  8. Profile photo of tealita

    I’m a little stunned, frankly. There are some people that no matter how old they get or how well they lived, you have difficulty parting with. Ingle is one of them.

    RIP, Sweetie.

  9. Profile photo of EricasEvilTwin

    Having just lost my father this loss is all the sadder. I too am glad that he was able to make one last visit to the set. His daughter wrote a lovely tribute to him that michael fairman had on his site and it sounds like that day meant the world to him.

    Vet, I agree with you – I hope the send off is grand. Too i would like it to reboot the Q clan with people coming out of the woodwork. I bet JI would love that. Wheres Nedly when you need him.

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    RIP John!! Figured after the last week he was very ill, just glad we got to see him one time. I am sure Frank and Ron will give him the tribute he deserves.

    Maybe they’ll bring back Stuart Damon (Alan) back, and Alan will be alive.

  11. Profile photo of Dariclone

    This is so sad, I loved seeing him in that scene last week. I was really hoping we would get to see more of him again soon in a storyline. I’ll miss him so much, he was a great actor. RIP!

  12. Profile photo of THEBEST

    Goddamn it! I knew that last Tuesday was going to be the last time that we would see Edward. RIP, John Ingle. I’m sure that Ron is going to write the death in and it’s going to be incredible. Jane Elliot might as well start writing her Emmy acceptance speech now.

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    Oh man, I was so hoping that John Ingle would come back to GH…R.I.P. to an incredible actor and my condolences to his family.

    I hope Edward Q gets a grand funeral (like Asa’s) and a monumental tribute. He deserves nothing less.

  14. Profile photo of Soap_Stud

    Replacing David Lewis sounded so wrong to me, but Ingle didn’t miss a beat. I loved him in the role and enjoyed his take on Mickey Horton. RIP, Mr. Ingle. Thanks for the memories.

  15. Profile photo of CinLee

    I am in tears hearing this even though I could see it coming after last week. I thank Frank and Ron for giving him (and us) the chance to say goodbye and with such a beautifully written episode. We don’t often get that. I have every faith they will give him a beautiful send-off as he deserves.

    I pray he is with his wife and they can spend eternity together.

  16. Profile photo of Ryan-Scott

    What a gift that like Ruth Warrick and James Mitchell, his last on air appearance aired within the month of his passing. That is really touching. Gets me a little misty.

    What also gets me misty is anticipating what Jane Elliot will do with this. To know there are only a handful more times for Tracy to say “Daddy” is upsetting.

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    Angie Lucy

    I’m going to miss the twinkle in John Ingle’s eye. He played Edward so deliciously cantankerous and yet so loving at the same time. I hate to hear that he’s passed, and I’m certainly keeping his children in my prayers. Thank you, Mr. Ingle, for so many wonderful years as the head Q. You had an uphill battle replacing David Lewis and you won it!

    Thanks also to RC and FV for respecting John Ingle enough to leave the door open for his return (unlike the previous regime’s treatment of Anna Lee), and especially for his last episode, in which we got to hear him say “I love you, too” and to give Tracy a thumbs up.

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    Godspeed Mr. Ingle. I will miss your lovable curmudgeon, sly as a fox with a glint iin your eye. An actor’s actor to the bone. I am sad but know that you are with your beloved Grace. My thanks to FV and RC for bringing Edward back to pass the torch via story and have his portrayer on screen to be the one to do so. “I love you Daddy.” “I love you too.” And so do we… 0:)

  19. Profile photo of soapcrazy

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of John Ingle. He was a joy to watch on screen for me as Edward Q. And from what many who knew him off screen has said, he sounded like a wonderful man in real life. John, I hope you are reunited with your beloved wife.

  20. Profile photo of Mets82

    Very sad. RIP Mr. Ingle. I thought he did a great job as Edward Quartermine and its too bad he got sick. I kind of thought he would come back but I guess not. Its pretty tough replacing an iconic character but when David Lewis died, John Ingle came in and did a hell of a job.

    Btw, did you know that John Ingle was on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210?I didnt know if people knew that.

  21. Profile photo of scrumptious

    Very sad news.

    Edward’s last scenes with Tracy, Monica, Patrick and Emma were heart-breaking.

    It was a wonderfully heroic exit and showed the compassion of the Edward character.

    RIP Mr Ingle. A fine man and outstanding actor. You will be missed.

  22. Profile photo of ANGELWENDY15

    God Bless you and Rest In Peace John Ingles! Will miss you so much as Edward on GH. Thank You Frank V. and Ron C. for giving him that last scene, a week ago, from his death. I cried and somehow knew, as probably John Ingles knew, it would be his last appearance on the show. You were a CLASS ACT!!!

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