John Dye

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John Dye
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Born John Carroll Dye
(1963-01-31)January 31, 1963
Amory, Mississippi
Died January 10, 2011(2011-01-10) (aged 47)
San Francisco, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–2007

John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011)[1] was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

Early life[edit]

Dye was born in Amory, Mississippi, one of three sons, to James and Lynn Dye, a furniture manufacturer and homemaker. He was introduced to acting by playing the role of the youngest von Trapp child in a school production of The Sound of Music at Cleveland High School (CHS) in Cleveland, Tennessee. He performed as a trombonist in the CHS band program. While performing at Tupelo High School[2] as Friedrich von Trapp, the eldest son, again in The Sound of Music Dye found himself bitten by the acting bug. After graduation, he enrolled at Mississippi State University in hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer. After a year at Mississippi State University, he decided to become an actor, and was advised against it by his great-grandmother.[3] He transferred to Memphis State and majored in theater.[3]

After his first year of college, he traveled to New York, where he auditioned and won a place in a classical theater company. However, because acting with the company would conflict with his studies, Dye turned it down.

Career[edit]

When he returned to Memphis, Dye discovered that a Judd Nelson film called Making the Grade (1984) was filming in the area. Dye landed his first film role as "Skip." In 1986 he starred alongside actresses Virginia Madsen and Cynthia Gibb in the comedy film Modern Girls. In 1987 Dye got his first leading role, in the film Campus Man, as Todd Barrett. That same year, he re-teamed with Nelson in the television miniseries Billionaire Boys Club. In 1989, he starred alongside actors James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts in the martial-arts drama Best of the Best.

By the time the 1990s came around, Dye decided to make a move towards television. He was cast as Private Francis "Doc Hoc" Hockenbury in the last season of Tour of Duty. When the series finished, he moved on to short-lived series such as Jack's Place (1992) and Hotel Malibu (1994). In 1994, he appeared as Andrew the "Angel of Death" on Touched by an Angel with Roma Downey & Della Reese. Originally cast as a recurring character, by the third season he was made a regular cast member. The show ran for nine seasons before ending in April 2003. In 2000, he starred in the television movie Once Upon a Christmas. In 2001, he appeared in the sequel Twice Upon a Christmas. In the 1985 music video for the ZZ Top song "Sleeping Bag", he appeared alongside fellow actors Tracey Walter and Heather Langenkamp.

Death[edit]

Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10, 2011. His family reported that he died due to heart related problems. [4]

Dye's resting place is at Haughton Memorial Park in his hometown of Amory, Mississippi.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Making the Grade Skip
1986 Modern Girls Mark
1987 Campus Man Todd Barrett
1989 Mother, Mother Jeff Cutler Short film
1989 Best of the Best Virgil Keller
1991 The Perfect Weapon Adam
1994 Sioux City Colin Adams
2005 Heart of the Beholder Manion
2007 Claudette Man in Truck Short film
2009 Fist of the Warrior (aka Lesser of Three Evils) I.A. Officer filmed in 2004
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Billionaire Boys Club Bob Holmby NBC television film
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Chip Episode: "Old Money"
1988 Murder, She Wrote Andy Broom Episode: "A Little Night Work"
1989–1990 Tour of Duty Pvt. Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenberry
1990 Room for Romance Craig Holloway Episode: "Pilot"
1992 Jack's Place Greg Toback
1994 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Ray Stinson Episode: "A Nest of Vipers"
1994 Hotel Malibu Jack Mayfield
1996 The Nerd Rick Steadman Episode: "Pilot"
1996–1998 Promised Land Andrew 4 episodes
2000 Once Upon a Christmas Bill Morgan PAX-TV television film
2001 Twice Upon a Christmas Bill Morgan PAX-TV television film
1994–2003 Touched by an Angel Andrew 188 episodes

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