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‘General Hospital’ actor John Ingle dies in LA at 84

FILE - SEPTEMBER 17: 'General Hospital' actor John Ingle has died age 84. BRENTWOOD CA - JUNE 15:  Actor

FILE - SEPTEMBER 17: "General Hospital" actor John Ingle has died at age 84. BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actor John Ingle arrives at the "I Am My Own Wife" opening night at the Wadsworth Theatre on June 15, 2005 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)

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Updated: October 19, 2012 6:17AM

NEW YORK (AP) — An actor who for two decades played a scheming patriarch on the daytime drama “General Hospital” has died in Los Angeles. ABC says John Ingle was 84.

Ingle took over the role as the ruthless Edward Quartermaine in 1993 and made his final appearance in an episode airing last week. He died Sunday.

In a career spanning more than 30 years he had acting credits in TV shows including “Days of Our Lives,” “Big Love” and “The Drew Carey Show” and in films such as “Batman and Robin” and “Heathers.”

The native of Tulsa, Okla., was a graduate of Occidental College. He taught at Hollywood High School, UCLA and Beverly Hills High School.

His wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynne Martin, died in February. He is survived by their five daughters.

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