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Also Known As: Died: January 10, 2011
Born: January 31, 1963 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Amory, Mississippi, USA Profession: actor

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John Dye specialized in playing leading men with an agenda but whom he imbues with a light touch and much humanity. He enjoyed his longest run as Andrew, the Angel of Death, on the CBS series "Touched By an Angel." The role was originally a recurring one when he first began appearing 1995, but he was made a regular at the start of the third season. The Mississippi-born Dye was bitten with the acting bug after playing the eldest Von Trapp son in a high school production of "The Sound of Music." During his first summer break from college, he went to New York City, where he auditioned for and was offered a place in a touring classical theater repertory company. However, because it would conflict with his schooling, Dye declined the offer and returned to Memphis State (now the University of Memphis). A Judd Nelson teen movie called "Making the Grade" (1984) was about to film in the area and Dye won his first professional role playing one of Nelson's prep school buddies. He would later work alongside Nelson again as one of the members of "The Billionaire's Boys Club," a successful 1987 NBC miniseries.Following his brush with moviemaking, Dye won his first screen lead in "Campus Man" (1987), playing an...

John Dye specialized in playing leading men with an agenda but whom he imbues with a light touch and much humanity. He enjoyed his longest run as Andrew, the Angel of Death, on the CBS series "Touched By an Angel." The role was originally a recurring one when he first began appearing 1995, but he was made a regular at the start of the third season. The Mississippi-born Dye was bitten with the acting bug after playing the eldest Von Trapp son in a high school production of "The Sound of Music." During his first summer break from college, he went to New York City, where he auditioned for and was offered a place in a touring classical theater repertory company. However, because it would conflict with his schooling, Dye declined the offer and returned to Memphis State (now the University of Memphis). A Judd Nelson teen movie called "Making the Grade" (1984) was about to film in the area and Dye won his first professional role playing one of Nelson's prep school buddies. He would later work alongside Nelson again as one of the members of "The Billionaire's Boys Club," a successful 1987 NBC miniseries.

Following his brush with moviemaking, Dye won his first screen lead in "Campus Man" (1987), playing an entrepreneurial rogue who pays for his college tuition by coaxing the hunky guys on campus to pose for a calendar. In 1989, he played a UCLA student living in the school's bell tower in "Big Man on Campus," but after a few more roles, including "The Best of the Best" (1989) and "Perfect Weapon" (1991), Dye segued into a career on television. His first regular series work was during the 1989-1990 season of "Tour of Duty" (CBS), when he was cast as a pacifist medic trying to save lives before the battles even begin. Dye played an optimistic medical student juggling the demands of school, working as a bartender and trying to be a single parent on "Jack's Place" (CBS, 1992-93) and was an opportunistic womanizer on the short-lived summer series "Hotel Malibu" (CBS, 1994). In 1995, John Dye landed the role of Andrew on "Touched By an Angel." It was first a recurring role, but he was promoted to a regular by the third season and became an audience favorite, starring opposite Valerie Bertinelli and Roma Downey on the popular spiritual-centric series. Though he would never again reach the heights of popularity afforded him by the CBS series, he continued to work sporadically in low budget features and TV movies throughout his run. Sadly, Dye passed away after suffering a massive heart attack in San Francisco, CA on Jan. 10, 2011. He was just 47 years old.

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Twice Upon a Christmas (2001) Bill Morgan
3.
 Once Upon a Christmas (2000) Bill
5.
 Perfect Weapon, The (1991) Adam
6.
 Mother, Mother (1989)
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8.
 Best of the Best (1989) Virgil
9.
 Campus Man (1987) Todd Barrett
10.
 Modern Girls (1986) Gay Guy
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Introduced to acting by playing the role of the youngest von Trapp child in a school production of "The Sound of Music"
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Auditioned and won a place in a classical theater company in New York, but turned it down to continue college
1984:
Landed first film role as Skip in "Making the Grade"
1986:
Starred alongside Virginia Madsen and Cynthia Gibb in the comedy film "Modern Girls"
1987:
First leading role in the film "Campus Man" as Todd Barrett
1987:
Teamed with Judd Nelson in the NBC TV-movie "Billionaire Boys Club"
1989:
Starred alongside James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts in the martial-arts drama "Best of the Best"
1989:
Cast as Private Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenbury in the last season of CBS' "Tour of Duty"
1992:
Co-starred in the short-lived CBS series "Jack's Place"
1994:
Played a womanizer on the CBS summer series "Hotel Malibu"
1994:
Played the recurring role of Andrew the 'Angel of Death' on CBS' "Touched by an Angel"; made a regular cast member in the third season
2000:
Starred in the TV-movie "Once Upon a Christmas"
2001:
Appeared in the sequel "Twice Upon a Christmas"
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Education

Mississippi State University: Starkville , Mississippi -
Memphis State University: Memphis , Tennessee -
Tupelo High School: Tupelo , Mississippi - 1981

Notes

"John has charms, he has grace. He's a Southern gentleman." --co-star Della Reese to PEOPLE, July 14, 1997

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companion:
Gail O'Grady. Actor. Once dated.

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father:
James Dye. Furniture maker.
mother:
Lynn Dye.
brother:
Jamey Dye. Younger.
brother:
Jerre Dye. Actor. Younger.
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