John Ingle, who appeared in hundreds of episodes of “General Hospital” as scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine as part of a long career in television and film, died Sunday, Sept. 16, in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. He was 84 and made his final appearance on the show in an episode that aired this week.
Ingle frequently played authority figures or professionals, especially doctors and clergymen. He played the principal in the cult film “Heathers” and a medical man in films including “Batman and Robin.”
The actor played Edward Quartermaine not only on ABC’s hit soap opera “General Hospital” but also recurred on spinoff series “Port Charles.” He recurred on NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” as Mickey Horton from 2004-06 but then returned to “General Hospital,” continuing to perform on the show until this year even though he was in a wheelchair.
Other TV credits include recurring roles as Father Holduin on ABC’s “Life Goes On,” as Father Seymour on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show” and as Ernest Holloway on HBO’s “Big Love.”
Ingle was also the narrator for the many “Land Before Time” straight-to-video titles and voiced a character for the TV series based on the property.
Ingle was born in Tulsa, Okla., and graduated from Occidental College, where he studied theater and journalism. He did not begin his acting career until he was in his 50s after having taught drama for decades. At Hollywood High School and then Beverly Hills High School, he nurtured a variety of future stars including Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey and Nicolas Cage. He also taught at Los Angeles Community College and UCLA.
He left his teaching career to begin an acting career in 1985 and first joined “General Hospital” in 1993.
Ingle’s wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynn Martin, died in February.
He is survived by five daughters, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.