John Carroll Dye (31st
January 1963 – 10th January 2011)
John Dye was
an American film and television actor best known for his role
as Andrew, the angel of death, in the series Touched By an Angel.
John, born in Amory, Mississippi, is the eldest son to James
and Lynn Dye and brother to Jerre and Jamey.
Introduced to acting during school productions, he played
one of the Von Trapp children on more than one occasion in The Sound of Music
and it was while he was playing Friedrich (the eldest von
Trapp son) that John decided that maybe acting was for
him. After graduating from school, John enrolled at the
Mississippi State University with the wish of becoming a civil
rights lawyer. However, after a year he decided to
pursue his desire to act and transferred to Memphis
State where he majored in theatre.
After his first year, John auditioned and secured a place at a
classical theatre company in New York. However, when he
realised this would conflict with his studies he turned it
down and returned to Memphis. In 1984, John landed the role of
Skip in the Judd Nelson film Making the Grade. 1987 saw him secure his
first leading role as Todd Barrett in Campus Man. The
same year he starred in the TV miniseries Billionaires Boys Club
and then in the martial arts drama Best of the Best
Also in 1989, John decided to look towards television and
was cast as Private Francis “Doc Hoc” Hockenbury in what was
to be the last season of Tour
of Duty. He would go onto star in the series Jack's
Place for two seasons. It was during the
1995/1996 TV season that he was cast as Andrew in the popular,
long running series Touched
by an Angel.
Cast originally as just an occasional character
alongside Roma Downey and Della Reese, John became
a regular cast member and stayed for the remainder
of the series which ran for nine seasons before it ended in
2003. In 1999, he was involved in the project Journey to a Hate Free
Millennium which is a documentary exploring hate
crime in America, with particular reference to the Columbine
shootings and the Matthew Shepard murder. By 2001 he had
appeared in the television movie Once Upon a Christmas
and the sequel Twice
Upon a Christmas.
Away from the screen, John was a genuinely, caring,
compassionate nice guy. John supported a number of charitable
organisations including Make A Wish Foundation and
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
There are also wonderful stories of him eating out in
restaurants and ordering extra to then take out to the
On January 10th, 2011, John died of heart related problems at
his home in San Francisco. His final resting place is
back home in Amory.