|Born||John Carroll Dye
January 31, 1963
Amory, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||10 January 2011
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Haughton Memorial Park, Amory, MS|
Dye was born in Amory, Mississippi, one of three sons of Jim and Lynn Dye, a furniture manufacturer and homemaker, respectively, who raised their sons in the Methodist faith. The family moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, where he attended Cleveland High School, and later to Tupelo, Mississippi. He was introduced to acting by playing the role of Friedrich, the eldest von Trapp child in a school production of The Sound of Music at Cleveland High School. He performed as a trombonist in the band program. He graduated from Tupelo High School, where he again played Friedrich von Trapp. Dye found himself bitten by the acting bug. After graduating, 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. He transferred to Memphis State and majored in theater.
In 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 1996, 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 as his character quickly became popular. 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.
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. His funeral was held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in his hometown of Amory, Mississippi, where he and his family were members. His resting place is at Haughton Memorial Park, Amory, MS.
|1984||Making the Grade||Skip|
|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||I.A. Officer||Alternate title: Lesser of Three Evils|
|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||18 episodes|
|1990||Room for Romance||Craig Holloway||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1992–1993||Jack's Place||Greg Toback||18 episodes|
|1994||Murder, She Wrote||Dr. Ray Stinson||Episode: "A Nest of Vipers"|
|1994||Hotel Malibu||Jack Mayfield||6 episodes|
|1994–2003||Touched by an Angel||Andrew||188 episodes|
|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|
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