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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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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

Photo: JPI

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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