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Legendary actor John Ingle, who played patriarch Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital for nearly 20 years, died Sunday at the age of 84.

General Hospital John Ingle dies at 84

Ingle took over the role in 1993, but Edward's character was originated in 1978 by David Lewis — making him one of the longest-running characters in daytime television. Among the story lines for one of the wealthiest men in Port Charles? A fake coma, several heart attacks and a bout with amnesia in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Edward was charged with murder and acquitted, and later kidnapped his great-grandson, Michael (Chad Duell).

Conflicts between Edward and his daughter Tracy (Jane Elliot) also provided numerous subplots for the show, including the time Tracy committed her father to a sanitarium (he later escaped). Oh, and in true soap opera fashion, he at one point disappeared and was presumed dead before being resurrected, first as a ghost and then as a flesh-and-blood character.

In memory of John Ingle, what's your favorite Edward Quartermaine story line? Share your picks in the comments below.