John Dye

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John Dye
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John Carroll Dye

(1963-01-31)January 31, 1963
DiedJanuary 10, 2011(2011-01-10) (aged 47)
Resting placeHaughton Memorial Park, Amory, Mississippi
Years active1984–2011

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 spiritual television drama series Touched by an Angel.

Early life[edit]

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 male von Trapp child in a school production of The Sound of Music at Cleveland High School. He graduated from Tupelo High School,[2] 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.[3] He transferred to Memphis State and majored in theater.[3]


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 the 1985 music video for the ZZ Top song "Sleeping Bag", he appeared alongside fellow actors Tracey Walter and Heather Langenkamp. 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.


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] 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.[5] Despite stories of heart-related issues, a death certificate obtained in 2018 revealed that John had died of meth intoxication. [6]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Making the Grade Skip
1986 Modern Girls Hunk
1987 Campus Man Todd Barrett
1989 Mother, Mother Jeff Cutler Short
Best of the Best Virgil Keller
1991 The Perfect Weapon Det. Adam Sanders
1994 Sioux City Colin Adams
2005 Heart of the Beholder D.A. Eric Manion
2007 Claudette Man in Truck Short
Fist of the Warrior I.A. Officer Alternate title: Lesser of Three Evils, (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Billionaire Boys Club Bob Holmby NBC television film
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Chip Episode: "Old Money"
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"
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


  1. ^ Archived 2011-01-16 at Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ John Dye Biography,; accessed February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Beifuss, John (2011-01-13). "'Touched by an Angel' star John Dye has died". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  4. ^ "Community Remembers Touched by an Angel Actor" Archived 2011-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Death Cert. John Dye" (PDF).

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