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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 in 1989.

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 includin
g 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 homeless.

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.