47 (passed away Jan. 10th, 2011)
Jan. 31st, 1963
Amory, Mississippi, USA
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John Carroll Dye (born January 31, 1963) is an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.
Dye was born in Amory, Mississippi to James and Lynn Dye. His father worked as a furniture manufacturer, while his mother worked as a homemaker. The couple raised their four children as devout Methodists. While performing at Tupelo High School in a play as Friedrich von Trapp, the eldest son, in "The Sound of Music" Dye found himself bitten by the acting bug.
After graduation, he enrolled in the University of Memphis in hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer. He would later change his major from law to theater. After his first year of college, he traveled to New York, where he auditioned and won a place in a classical theatre company. However, because the company would conflict with his studies, Dye turned it down.
When he returned to Memphis, Tennessee, he discovered that a 'Judd Nelson' film called Making the Grade (1984) was filming in the area. Dye landed his first film role as Skip, one of Nelson's on-screen friends. Two years later, he starred alongside actresses 'Virginia Madsen' and 'Cynthia Gibb' in the comedy film Modern Girls.
It was not until 1987 that Dye would win his first leading role in Campus Man, where he played Todd Barrett, a scheming college student, who manages to persuade the handsomest men on campus to pose for a calendar, in order to pay for his college tuition. 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 90's 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 1995, he appeared as Andrew, an Angel of Death. Initially, producers cast him as a recurring character. However, by season three he was made a regular. The show ran for nine seasons before ending.
In 2000, he starred in the highest rated original PAX-TV television movie Once Upon a Christmas. The following year Dye appeared in the sequel Twice Upon a Christmas which was screened at the White House.
Dye has two brothers: Jamey and Jerre Dye and one sister: Elizabeth Dye.
For a short period of time, Dye dated actress 'Gail O'Grady'.
In 1999, Dye appeared on the first episode of the televised Di Palma Forum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he and fellow celebrities such as 'Shirley Jones' and 'Elliott Gould' discussed social issues. That same year, he and fellow Touched by an Angel co-star 'Roma Downey' narrated the documentary "Journey to a Hate Free Millenium.
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. He may have had a heart attack.
Dye's resting place is at Haughton Memorial Park in his hometown of Amory, Mississippi.
- When he originally started college, he was planning to be a civil rights lawyer.
- His favorite TV show as a child was "Johnny Quest" and his favorite movie was "The Wizard of Oz."
- His parents are Jim, who was a furniture manufacturer, and Lynn, a homemaker. They raised him and his two younger brothers as devout Methodists.
- In his spare time he likes to play tennis and pool.
- His brother 'Jerre Dye' (qv), who also is an actor, is the artistic director of a local theatre group called Voices of the South.
- When he was in Jr. High school, he wanted to be an architect.
- He wears a ring on his right hand that was a gift to him from his maternal grandfather, whom he adores. It is a ring that has been in his family for years and belonged to his great grandfather.
- Got his big break with Taco Bell commercials ... In the commercial he had toy chickens stuck all over his jacket.
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