Cameron Dye is an American character actor best known for his role as Fred, the nervy sidekick of punk protagonist Randy (Nicolas Cage) in the 1983 romantic comedy "Valley Girl. " Dye, whose parents moved frequently, divided his high school years between Ohio and California. After earning his degree in theater arts from UCLA, Dye earned walk-on parts on several early 1980s TV series before making the leap to feature films with a supporting role on the iconic '80s comedy "Valley Girl." While the film, with its distinct Southern California sociolect and New Wave soundtrack, was a bonafide box office hit that remains fondly imprinted in the memories of many Generation X moviegoers, Dye's subsequent appearances in B-movies of the era--including improbable titles like "Heated Vengeance" and "Fraternity Vacation"--fared less well. By the late '80s Dye settled into a steady but unspectacular career as a frequent television guest star, most often playing heavies and unsavory characters.