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.