For three decades Mr. Ingle taught drama before he ever began his successful
career as an actor. Mr. Ingle recently received the award for Outstanding
Scene Stealer at the nationally televised Soap Opera Awards.
John Ingle has been credited as the source for dozens of notable acting
careers. Mr. Ingle founded the performing arts departments at both Hollywood
and Beverly Hills High Schools, in 1955 and 1964, respectively. Among his
stellar students were Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna
Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer and
Jonathan Silverman. John retired from teaching in 1985 and began an acting
career the same year. He joined General Hospital in 1993.
John was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His family moved throughout the midwest
before settling in Tujunga, California, where he finished high school. His
thespian pursuits had begun years before in elementary school and followed
him until he attended Occidental College to study theater and journalism.
He received his theater degree in 1950 and got his teaching credentials
the next year.
In 1951, John met Grace-Lynne Martin, an accomplished singer/actress. The
couple married in 1954. The next year, Mr. Ingle began teaching at Hollywood
High during the day and Los Angeles City College at night. He also taught
afternoon classes at UCLA for 15 years. After nine years at Hollywood High,
Mr. Ingle moved across town where he eventually spent 21 years teaching at
Beverly Hills High.
Mr. Ingle's acting credits include the feature films, Batman and Robin,
Death Becomes Her, Robocop II, The Land Before Time, Parts II-V, Heathers
and Senseless. His television credits list Beverly Hills, 90210, Cheers,
Dallas, Doogie Howser, M.D and many others. Mr. Ingle also enjoys the
distinction of being kissed by supermodel Cindy Crawford in two Revlon
John and Grace-Lynne have five daughters and nine grandchildren. The couple
enjoy ballroom dancing, tennis and long walks through their Altadena, California,
neighborhood. John is a volunteer for the Pasadena AIDS Services Center.
He and daughter Melanie also are co-chairs of the annual "Champions-Run-For-Life"
marathon benefiting children with cancer.