Friend, Roman, Quartermaine
As a student at Occidental, John H. Ingle ’50 M’60 directed or acted in practically every production on campus, even snagging the lead in the first play Omar Paxson ’48 directed as a professor at Oxy, Androcles and the Lion. And while Summer Theater audiences delighted in his performances for years—from Marcus Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (1948, pictured) to the title role in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (1961)—Ingle spent the better part of three decades behind the curtain, teaching drama first at Hollywood High and later at Beverly Hills High. (He also taught at Occidental, Los Angeles City College, and UCLA.) The legendary Mr. Ingle’s students included Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, and David Schwimmer.
Ingle—who died Sept. 15, 2012, in La Crescenta—emerged in his later years as an in-demand character actor, with an IMDB resume top-heavy with guest shots on prime-time shows from “Dallas” and “Knots Landing” to “The Office” and “Big Love.” But he won his biggest fan following (and a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for outstanding scene stealer) as scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine on “General Hospital,” a role he assumed in 1993. He made his final appearance on the daytime drama just a week before his death. “He was one of those dear human beings who was filled with life and energy and naturalness,” Paxton says, and “a great artist from the time he was at Oxy. He was a superb actor. Very disciplined.”
While former students and audiences mourn the loss of Ingle’s talents, Paxson also lost a lifelong friend. “We lived together for a year. We bought a car together, we double-dated together. We raised our children together. We spent Christmas Day together, always. We went fishing together. We spent half of our time laughing together.” Ingle—whose wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynne (Martin) Ingle ’51, died in February—is survived by five daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
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