"General Hospital" star John Ingle dies at 84

LOS ANGELES Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:44pm EDT

Veteran television and film actor John Ingle arrives as a guest for the opening of the play ''You Can't Take It With You'' in Los Angeles, in this April 20, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files

Veteran television and film actor John Ingle arrives as a guest for the opening of the play ''You Can't Take It With You'' in Los Angeles, in this April 20, 2005 file photo.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John Ingle, who played the ruthless patriarch Edward Quartermaine for two decades on daytime soap opera "General Hospital," has died at age 84.

The actor died on Sunday "surrounded by his family in California... after a courageous battle with cancer," according to a statement by television network ABC. He filmed his last episode of "General Hospital" on August 24.

"With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle's passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the #GH family," the show's executive producer Frank Valentini tweeted on Monday.

Ingle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1928, and his family moved throughout the Midwest before settling in California when Ingle was a teenager.

He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and went on to teach drama at Beverly Hills High School and Hollywood High School for a combined 30 years. His students included Richard Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey, David Schwimmer and Nicolas Cage.

Ingle pursued an acting career after retiring from teaching in 1985. In addition to his longstanding role on "General Hospital", Ingle's television credits include "Cheers," "The Drew Carey Show," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Dallas."

Ingle married actress and singer Grace-Lynne Martin in 1954, and they were married for 57 years until her death earlier this year from natural causes. Together they had five daughters and nine grandchildren.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom, editing by Jill Serjeant)

(This story corrects year of marriage)

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