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John Ingle: Do You Know About the Soap-Opera Star’s First Act?
Posted By Patrick Kiger On September 19, 2012 @ 3:11 am In Legacy | No Comments
Every actor has a signature role. For General Hospital cast member John Ingle, it was his portrayal of Edward Quartermaine, one of the wealthiest men in fictional Port Charles, N.Y., and a schemer so cleverly insidious that Niccolo Machiavelli might have looked to him as a model for The Prince.
Ingle, who took over the role from an ailing David Lewis in 1993, came to own the role thoroughly. He was such a fan favorite that just two years after he left the show in 2004 to take a role in another soap, the producers let his replacement go and rehired him when he wanted to return.
Ingle, who passed away on Sept. 16 at age 84 in Los Angeles, just a few days after his farewell performance as Quartermaine, played roles in scores of other TV series as well, from Newhart and Who’s The Boss? in the mid-1980s to Parks and Recreation in the late 2000s.
Before any of that, however, Ingle had an even longer-running role than he did in General Hospital, and it took place not on a sound stage, but in a classroom. Before becoming a full-time actor in the mid-1980s, the native Oklahoman spent 30 years teaching drama to students at high schools in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and moonlighting at Los Angeles City College in the evenings. During that time, he helped nurture the careers of a multitude of future stars. Here are five of his most outstanding pupils:
Here is Ingle’s final scene in General Hospital.
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