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General Hospital's Beloved John Ingle Has Passed Away!

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In very sad and heartbreaking news for soap fans, those of General Hospital and his family and colleagues, John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine) died this Saturday according to a Facebook post from his family!

The post read:  “John Houston Ingle  May 7, 1928 – September 16, 2012 – Father, Husband, Grandan, Great Grandan, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer, Mentor: May You Soar with the Angels. You will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts. You were joy, light and love. Goodness at its very best. For the rest of our days, we will all do our best to continue to make you proud. Rest in peace and continue to spread your generous spirit in the heavens above.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. With love forever, from:. your 5 – J. Ingle Belles and the family, friends and loved ones you leave behind.”

When Ingle made his final appearance last week on GH, the family also posted this heart-tugging message on September 10th about his health and how much it meant to him to be part of a GH taping one last time:  “As our Dad moves closer and closer to joining our Mom, I thought I would share a bit of much needed “happiness” for the Ingle clan. For those of you that have followed Dad as “Edward Quartermaine” on General Hospital for all these years, I wanted to let you know that Dad was able to return to the set on August 24th, for what will undoubtedly be his last performance on the show. His scene was small and he had very few words…. but his presence on the set was monumental. Beginning with a standing ovation by the entire cast and crew as we entered the set, to the line of people waiting to hug and wish him well, it was a day that he (and we) will remember forever. Several months ago, Dad had said that ” if he only had one more day on the set of General Hospital, he would feel like he had won”…. On that Friday, with the help of one of his caregivers (Anthony), a wheelchair van and 2 of his daughters, (myself and Chrissy), that goal was realized. Entering the set of GH was emotional for Dad and it was obvious why he has loved being there all these years. Chrissy and I joked and said it was the ONLY “Hospital” we have enjoyed visiting since January! Ha! The filming did not take that long and Dad did a good job.”

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“The cast and crew were patient and worked with Dad to get a scene that was meaningful. Standing there watching the monitor, we were struck by the reality that it was not Edward Quartermaine who was on the set….it was Dad surrounded by people who love and care about him. It was truly a wonderful afternoon. None of us know what tomorrow holds, but today we will hang onto the memory of August 24th and the love and support that was shown for our Dad. For anyone who might want to see the show, it is being aired tomorrow (September 11th), on ABC at 1:00 p.m. (PST). This is a new time slot for GH, for those of you who watch the show. The producers said it was September 11th, but then we heard that it may be a two-part episode. Might want to set your tivos for both days just to be sure. Last but not least,”Thank You” again to all of our family and friends for your love, prayers and support over these past few months. We truly CAN feel it:-)”

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Ingle died at 84 and now will join is beloved wife, Grace Lynn who passed away back in February whom he was married to for 57 years.  Before getting into acting full-time, Ingle was a highly regarded acting teacher teach for three decades!

We will continue to bring you thoughts from the world of daytime as the day goes on Ingle’s passing.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Ingle’s family at this time.

Soap fans, please fee free to share your thoughts on John’s passing and his run as the amazing Edward Q. on GH here!

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Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

He was such a lovely man He will be remembered in my prayers. I am a long time fan of General Hospital. I have watched it since I was in high school in the late sixties.

Adria
Adria

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Ingle (I will always know him as Edward). I loved Edward and Lila………..and enjoyed them on GH for many, many years. It makes me very sad that they are both gone now. My deepest sympathy to him family……………….

Jules
Jules

A giant of a man in the world of acting, having been a professional one himself for many many decades, as well as offering his immense talent and knowledge in the form of teaching new crops of actors trying to hone the craft.

I’ve only heard beautiful things about Mr. Ingle. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife.

And for the show, we have so few Q’s as it is. This one really stings. Now they HAVE to bring back Alan!!!! We need a patriarch and Alan is the ONLY one that fits the bill! Do the right thing FV!!!

ricardo
ricardo

john ingle rest in peace my dear friend. we will all miss you john ingle as edward quartermaine. he was a wonderful actor and very caring person. please do not recast edward quartermaine.

Kristyl
Kristyl

I can only cry at the moment. I loved him dearly. He was so kind and had a beautiful smile. He was like a dad in so many ways. Father to many of us out here in the world. Broken hearted, but glad he’s with the love of his life now. K

Trapper
Trapper

Very sad. He joins all of the other wonderful GH actors that have passed away over the years: John Beradino, Emily McLaughlin, Lucille Wall, Anna Lee and others. They were all a joy to watch.

Amy
Amy

I remember them all, also. Great GH memories.

kim delmotte
kim delmotte

so sad to hear of his passing seen him on the show last week a great actor there will be only one edward quartermaine he will be missed my heart goes out to the family

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

John Ingle was the second Mr. Q – I couldn’t believe they recast when David Lewis passed, but Mr. Ingle took over the role immediately and never looked back. They both did a great job. Hope they DO NOT recast this time altho’ the Q family is running thin!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed. We fans were blessed with TWO great actors as Mr. Q. No recast please. I believe they tried to recast John Ingle with Jed Alan. A fine actor, but it didn’t work.

RIP John Ingle and thanks for the memories.

Please bring back Alan!

mary
mary

Very sad news I send my sympathy to his family and all the folks at general hospital. Mr. Ingle was truly a class act. You will be missed.

Pinters
Pinters

sorry for your loss….Edward Q was a hoot!!! All that bickering back & forth. We loved it all. RIP

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and friends, I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless you all

pamela
pamela

Rest in peace John Ingle. We will miss you playing Edward Quartermaine. Our thoughts and prayers to his family. I have been watching General Hospital since high school.

candy bigleman
candy bigleman

With much love and respect, thanks for all the yrs. Rest in Peace

Wanda
Wanda

I have enjoy John Ingle as Edward for so many years. He made me laugh and cry. You will be sorely missed. See you in Heaven.

Annie
Annie

He holds a special place in my heart as the narrator of the children’s animated classic “The Land Before Time”. Wonderful actor who will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family and castmates.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Mine too. My daughter was a fan of that movie series and I just loved hearing his voice.

SharonB
SharonB

He was a great actor and will be missed by all that truly knew him. His last scenes on General Hospital were brilliant and timeless. RIP John Ingle and your GH character Edward Quartermaine. Sympathy to his Family and Friends

annette.lee
annette.lee

I loved John so much. He was Edward Quartermaine. He will be missed . I was so glad to get see him again on his last appearance On GH. May John rest in peace.

Patti
Patti

I’m so saddened to hear the bad news – I cried the day that scene played. He was a GREAT Mr. Q. Mr. Ingle/Mr. Q now you may R.I.P. with your beloved wife of 57 years Grace Lynn & on screen Lila (Anna Lee).. <3… Thank you for the many great years of acting on GH as Mr. Q. You will be GREATLY missed on GH!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m so sorry. What a champion of a Man. He emanates a big heart.

He beamed…. happiness.

Lynette Ryder
Lynette Ryder

I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I have been a fan of GH for a long time, and will miss seeing him. I don’t think anyone can replace him as Edward Quartermain. My prayers go out to the family he will be truley missed.

Marty
Marty

I thought nobody could replace the first Edward Quartermaine (David Lewis), but then here came John Ingle. He made the role his own and was brilliant! RIP Mr. Ingle.

Amy
Amy

John Ingle will always hold a special place in my heart. He was always nice to meet at the fan gatherings and took the time to speak to you. I will miss him.

C. Teetsel
C. Teetsel

The world lost a gentle soul in John Ingle. In the last few years he brought a true sense of love & appreciation to Edward Quartermaine. You could see that he loved Jason & Michael, but in the wisdom of years, he’d learned to accept them & the lives they’d chosen to live but love them all the same. I’ve no doubt that kindness, unconditional love, & sense of family is something that John Ingle personified in life, & it came across in his performance. God Bless & rest in peace.

heidi
heidi

So very sad!!! Just a few days after that sweet episode aired… had hoped it wasn’t the last we were going to see of John/Edward. He is a truly talented human being and from interviews a lovely man! My sympathies go out to his family and friends and all of his colleagues at GH. We will miss him terribly! Enjoy… John and thank you!!!

Christine
Christine

(Crying). No celebrity death has had me in tears. John Ingle in his final days reminded me so much of my own dearly-departed Grandfather (complete with the hat). 🙂

What a wonderful legacy Mr. Ingle has had. What a beautiful sentiment and story from his family. No one should be sad. He is with the love of his life now. It must have been so hard for him the last several months without her, but they are together again and I am happy for him. He will be greatly missed on General Hospital. 🙁

Christine
Christine

I also wanted to add, in case some of you did not know:

“Long before John Ingle stepped into the footlights, he was helping young people realize their acting aspirations as a teacher at Hollywood High School and at Beverly Hills High School. In fact, Mr. Ingle was the founder of the well-respected performing arts departments at both schools.

After he graduated from Verdugo Hills High School — where he was Senior Class President — Mr. Ingle attended Occidental College to study theater and journalism. He graduated from Oxy in 1950 with a degree in theater arts and went on to get his teaching credential a year later. In 1955 he joined the faculty of Hollywood High and also began teaching at Los Angeles City College at night. Mr. Ingle moved to Beverly Hills High in 1964 where he taught performing arts courses for the next 21 years. During his high school teaching days, he also taught classes at UCLA for fifteen years. Among the more famous of his students are Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer and Jonathan Silverman. Mr. Ingle began his own acting career the same year he retired from teaching.”

Mr. Ingle’s passing will truly be felt throughout Hollywood as he has touched so, so many lives.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Thanks for the info Christine – nice tribute to a wonderful man & actor!

Cat Storzum
Cat Storzum

OMG! I just saw his last episode last week. What a character was Edward Quartermaine! When John first replaced Edward, I wasn’t sure I’d like him. But he grew to be a wonderful character. With his passing, it seems like I lost my father. He will be missed. My heart goes out to the Ingle family, AND to all the friends and fans of General Hospital. Rest in Peace, Mr. Q! Sincerely, Cat

Angela
Angela

John Ingle was a terrific character actor. I enjoyed him on Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. It was amazing to learn of Mr. Ingle’s awesome career as an acting teacher and the lives he touched. We will always miss Edward Quartermain on GH. I am so glad the Frank Valentini and the GH family worked to have such a moving final scene for all of us. God Bless John Ingle and his incredible life and family – on and off screen.

heidi
heidi

Michael you should put the interview up that Kimberly Mc did with him on her kimmeabreak site… it shows what family man he was and how much he loved acting and teaching.

Maria Padula-Larsen
Maria Padula-Larsen

I am so very sorry to hear this, he was a great actor.

Michele G.
Michele G.

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I really enjoyed watching his character on GH. I have been watching the show since 1977, when I was in grammar school. He will truly be missed. I send out my deepest sympathies to his family & friends & may he rest in peace.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

my last time I saw him was n hospital when Tracy gave antiodes to Drake’s daughter instead of Edward Quartermaine last week or 2 weeks. I will be miss him dearly, We(sob) will be miss you,old friend(I cried).
RIP to John Ingle aka Edward Quartermaine

Bonnie
Bonnie

When John first took over the role from the original Edward, David Lewis, I thought he is so different. But over the years John became the only Edward to me. His gruff exterior was coveing up the softie he was inside. He will sadly be missed.

To get an idea of how wonderful he was check out Kimberly McCulloughs interview with him on UTube.

Rest In Peace Mr. Ingle

Christy
Christy

John Ingle portraying Edward Quartermaine was one of my favorite rascals on TV. He was ornery as all heck, but there was always that twinkle in his eyes, which was of course a bit of Mr. Ingle shining thru. I will miss them both dearly!

Diane
Diane

I have been watching GH since my days in college(many years ago) and Edward has always been a pivitol character in all that is GH—John was Edward in every sense of the word–strong yet tender–with always a twinkle in his eye–he will be missed by all who love GH and him!!! May he know all the happiness and pleasure he has brought to so many people for all his years here on earth!

Teresa
Teresa

Such an amazing man and actor. He will be sorely missed. So thankful we got to see him one more time on GH. That was a very powerful scene. Condolences to the family.

Donna
Donna

So sad to hear of the passing of John aka Edward Quartermaine…Though it was shocking to read I was not at all surprised…I saw John’s last show & could tell then that he was not very well…Now I know why GH did not let Edward pass from virus that plagued Port Charles….John will be so missed by all of us who live our lives with General Hospital…may he rest in peace…:(((((

Marji
Marji

Rest in peace John Ingle. We will miss you and our beloved Edward Quartermaine. You were the heart and soul of General Hospital. Your legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of more people than you can possible imagine. A true legacy has been lost.

SZima
SZima

A kind and caring man who will be missed!

Jen
Jen

John Ingle will truly be missed by all the fans of GH. He seemed like a kind soul and a wonderful teacher. Just think of all the great actors who had the chance to learn from this master of his craft through the years. RIP John.

debbie hernandez
debbie hernandez

am very sad to hear of his passing ive watched him for years and i loved his character he will be missed my thoughts and prayers are with his family and his gh family also rip john

Priscilla
Priscilla

My deepest condolences to the family at home and the GH family. I saw his final episode. I had no idea this would be his final appearance. He will be missed.

Ida
Ida

Thoughts and prayers to his family and the TV family i have been watching General Hospital ever since in came on TV. Edward will always be missed along with Lila. God Speed Edward with the angels now.

Grace
Grace

I have tears in my eyes as I read the article. I am so profoundly saddened by his passing……. there are no words.

May god bless John and may he rest in peace with his lovely wife Grace Lynn. My prayers are with his family, his friends, his GH family and all those who loved him!

Robert
Robert

RIP Mr. Ingles!

Linda
Linda

There can never be another Mr. Q. There are few actors that cannot possibly be replaced and Mr Ingle is one of those. I will miss him. I realize that Mr. Q was only part of the man Mr Ingle; and there are many venues in which he will be missed. The most by far by his family and close friends. Will keep you in prayer.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Tears……. ( Never cried for a REAL LIFE passing cast before) TEARS….

This MAN will be MISSED, OMG will he be. The comediac tming, the love and protection of his family and great grand-children- You FELT it through the TV screen. He made you a BELIEVER.! The cast felt it, who worked opposite of him. His GH ” children” were also his beloved children.
Listen, I LOVED the 1st Edward Quartermain, David Lewis (didnot like the 2nd) and then John (3rd) came in and I took a liking to him immediately. When he was out sick OR off over on Days (the althernate wasn’t as bad as the 2nd Edward, but now one could replace John BUT David (1st) because these TWO men were exceptional playing this part. Now I don’t know WHAT they will do. With ALL the changes in Daytime TV, and GH, I CAN’T IMAGINE having to ADAPT to not seeing John Ingle. People, I loved….. this man. If you wererfeeling Bad, watch John as Edward. If you’re feelong good, and what to get yyour laugh on, watch John as Edward. This character filled a void and his role was multi-dimentional ( Susan Lucci are you listening) .
I hope they DONT kill off the character because the Quartermain family has about fallen apart. I do….. hope they do a show in his honor showing old clips, and maybe have Tracy dream he has died (which takes us to the old clips) and THAT be the days show, displaying his picture ‘ In Memory of ” at the very end. Then…. after a long search (and very little mention) a new Edward appears, and Tracy tells him, ” I have a dream you died. ” Of course the new Edward shouldn’t appear until around December or January, and mention of Edward (being alive) should only be spoken, SHORTLY beforehand. We need….. this character. Although, I HATE to see another Fantastic Edward Quartermain go.
To John Ingles family: John was a star he on earth. Now, he is a shinning star wth the Greatest Superstar’s of ALL time (fortunate enough to be invited). You are BLESSED ot have the REELS of work and his many dimentions on camera. You are also blessed to have had him so long, and have such an amazing life with him,, especially as an educator. During your time of lost, know that myself, and soooooo many people are sharing the grief. What a blessing, he passed very peacefully, the way everyone wants to go. That maybe a testiment to HOW HE lived his LIFE.
Tears…..
May God be with the family during this time.

Sincerely,
1loveabcSOAPS~

Cindy
Cindy

A truly kind, humorous, gentle man so full of life. A pleasure to have met him several times and richer in life for it. Loved hearing him whistling in the halls of the GH studio with that joy for life just emitting from him. Heartfelt sympathy to his families both personal and GH. The world has lost an amazing gift and heaven has gained an angel. Will miss you so. May you and Grace be driving together once again in the yellow mazzeratti you so enjoyed. RIP

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Barbara T…… (where are you)
Heather……
Etherl…….
david…….
Scott……
Debi……
Heidi…..

Where are you/? What a devistationg blow. Been away and loged on today to talk to my ole friends, only to discover, I have lost one of my BEST soap friends, and Hero!
I was already feeling kinda blue,, NOW, I am Devestated. : (

Barbara, I’m surprised you haven posted already.

Kathleen
Kathleen

My heartfelt sympathies go out to John’s family. It was wonderful to get to see John as Edward Quartermaine one last time on my screen. I cried during that episode. He was a wonderful actor as well as a wonderful man. God Bless!

Diana
Diana

Mr. Ingle’s time on GH was nothing short of amazing. He was a gifted actor, and an integral part of GH. It will be sad to no longer see him as part of the GH family. I was touched by his final performance, especially after reading how it came to be. Thank you to the family for sharing that with his fans. What a beautiful gift to him, the cast/crew and the viewers that he was able to have that last performance, and in such a relevant storyline. Blessings to his family, including his GH family. He will be greatly missed.

Polly
Polly

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful actor & did an amazing job as Edward Quartemaine for years. May he rest in peace with his loving wife, and can say hello to his GH wife Anna Lee,.the lovely Lila Quartermaine. prayers to all his family & friends, he was a wonderful man!

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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