John Ingle
Ingle in December 2006
Born(1928-05-07)May 7, 1928
DiedSeptember 16, 2012(2012-09-16) (aged 84)
OccupationActor, schoolteacher
Years active1985–2012
Known forPortrayal of Edward Quartermaine
Voice of Mr. Threehorn
Spouse(s)Grace-Lynne Ingle (m. 1954–2012; her death)

John Houston Ingle (May 7, 1928 – September 16, 2012) was an American actor best known for his roles as scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine in the ABC soap opera General Hospital and Mr. Threehorn, the father of the main character Cera in the Land Before Time.


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A retired school teacher, Ingle began mainstream acting in 1985 doing various guest appearances; one of his first cinema appearances was a performance of the song "Puzzling Evidence" in the 1986 David Byrne musical, True Stories (his recording of the song would not be released until 2018). In 1993, he took over the role of Edward Quartermaine in General Hospital. He had appeared on "General Hospital" in the late 1980s as a W.S.B. associate of Anna Devane.

In December 2003, Ingle was fired and Edward was to be killed off. Without a contract to keep him at General Hospital, Ingle was free to court other offers and accepted the contract role of Mickey Horton, as a recast for the retiring John Clarke, on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Ingle left General Hospital in February 2004 and Edward was recast with Jed Allan.

Once at Days of our Lives, Ingle became part of a love triangle story involving Bonnie (Judi Evans Luciano) and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers). Ingle had recurring roles in HBO's Big Love, The Drew Carey Show, and the long-running The Land Before Time.

Ingle played "Wise Paw" in the 21-episode 1985 syndicated series Paw Paws, a segment of the animated block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.[1]

Ingle returned to General Hospital as Edward Quartermaine, being re-hired after public complaints about Ingle's mistreatment by the producers, on a recurring basis, starting in April 2006.[citation needed]

Personal life

John Houston Ingle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles.[2] He began teaching English and theater in 1955 at Hollywood High School until transferring in 1964 to teach acting at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, where he remained until his retirement in 1985. His pupils included Nicolas Cage, Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, and Julie Kavner.[3] He called former General Hospital actor Stuart Damon his "closest friend". Ingle, along with actress Leslie Charleson, and fought Damon's 2007 dismissal from "General Hospital".[4]


In late 2008, Ingle underwent treatment for a small section of melanoma on his scalp. He was forced to wear a hat while onscreen to cover the bandage.[5] Ingle was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.[2]

Family and death

Ingle married Grace-Lynne Martin in 1954. They had five daughters. Grace-Lynne Ingle died on February 11, 2012. Ingle died seven months later on September 16, 2012, aged 84, after battling cancer.[2][6]

Selected filmography




  1. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (September 17, 2012). "Land Before Time actor John Ingle Dead at 84". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "John Ingle of General Hospital Dies at 84". People. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. ^ "About GH: About the Actors". Soapcentral. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  4. ^ "General Hospital Heartbreak". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 3.
  5. ^ "General Hospital's John Ingle's Bout with Melanoma". 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  6. ^ Lee, Youyoung (2012-09-17). "John Ingle Dead: 'General Hospital' Actor Dies At Age 84". Retrieved 2012-09-17.