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.