Dale Dye

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Dale Dye
Born(1944-10-08) October 8, 1944 (age 68)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
OccupationMarine, Actor, Radio host
Years active1964–1984
Military career
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1964–1984
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit1-5 battalion insignia.png 1st Battalion 5th Marines
Battles/wars

Vietnam War,

Beirut
AwardsBronze Star
Purple Heart (3)
 
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Dale Dye
Born(1944-10-08) October 8, 1944 (age 68)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
OccupationMarine, Actor, Radio host
Years active1964–1984
Military career
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1964–1984
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit1-5 battalion insignia.png 1st Battalion 5th Marines
Battles/wars

Vietnam War,

Beirut
AwardsBronze Star
Purple Heart (3)

Dale Adam Dye (born October 8, 1944) is an American actor, presenter, businessman, and retired U.S. Marine captain who served in combat during the Vietnam War. In military parlance, Dye is a mustang, i.e., someone who began as an enlisted service member and earned their commission after enlistment, in Dye's case rising all the way from Private to Captain.

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Early life and Marine service

Dye was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the son of Della Grace (née Koehler) and Dale Adam Dye.[1]

Fellow Marine correspondent Gustav Hasford dubbed him "Daddy D.A" (as he was among the oldest of the correspondents) and included him as a character in his first semi-autobiographical Vietnam novel, The Short-Timers, and more extensively in his second, The Phantom Blooper. The movie based on Hasford's first novel, Full Metal Jacket, included the "Daddy D.A" character (played by Keith Hodiak), though neither the character nor Dye's name is explicitly mentioned in the dialogue.

In his book Dispatches, journalist Michael Herr provides a vivid picture of Dye during the chaos of the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Huế:

"And there was a Marine correspondent, Sergeant Dale Dye, who sat with a tall yellow flower sticking out of his helmet cover, a really outstanding target. He was rolling his eyes around and saying, 'Oh yes, oh yes, Charlie's got his shit together here, this will be bad,' and smiling happily. It was the same smile I saw a week later when a sniper's bullet tore up a wall two inches above his head, odd cause for amusement in anyone but a grunt."

Founding Warriors, Inc. and other work

After his retirement in 1984 from the United States Marines, Dye founded Warriors, Inc., a California company that specializes in training actors for realistic military portrayals, for movies of the war genre. In the 1986 movie Platoon, he played Captain Harris and served as military technical advisor. He also wrote the novelization based on Oliver Stone's screenplay.

Dye has also appeared in some of the films of which his company has served. He played a role in the movie Casualties of War and also played Colonel Robert F. Sink in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, on which his company also worked, and is now beginning a directing career. He appeared in Outbreak portraying Lieutenant Colonel Briggs, a US Army officer. He plays Theodore Roosevelt's superior officer, Colonel Leonard Wood, in the TNT miniseries Rough Riders. He has a small role in Saving Private Ryan as an aide to General George Catlett Marshall as well as a role playing the Admiral's aide, Captain Garza, in Under Siege and Under Siege 2. He has another small role in Spy Game as Commander Wiley during the rescue sequence, in Mission Impossible as Frank Barnes of CIA, in JFK as General Y, and in Starship Troopers as a high-ranking officer in the aftermath of the Brain Bug capture. Dye played himself in Entourage, teaching Vince to scuba dive in preparation for his role in Aquaman. He appeared in the 2011 Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne.

Additionally, Dye used to host a Sunday evening radio show on KFI AM 640, Los Angeles. He occasionally does fill-in. Dye has also been involved in the Medal of Honor series of video games as a consultant. He was featured in two tracks on Hoobastank's CD Every Man for Himself. He hosted The History Channel's documentary series The Conquerors. He consulted for Lucas Art 2008 scheduled Fracture video game as well as appearing in a cameo role as Col. Robert Sink (Commander of the 101st Airborne Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment) in a video game Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. He was the technical adviser for the 1994 Oliver Stone movie Natural Born Killers.

Dye has also worked on the HBO companion piece to Band of Brothers, the ten-part mini-series The Pacific, which was shot in Australia.

Dye currently plays Col. Porter in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.

Dye, along with wife Julia and comic book artist Gerry Kissell created one of 2011's critically acclaimed and best selling graphic novels, Code Word: Geronimo, for publisher IDW Publishing, that tells the story of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.

Military awards

Dye's military decorations include:

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRole
1986PlatoonCaptain Harris
Invaders from MarsSquad Leader
1989AlwaysDon
Born on the Fourth of JulyInfantry Col.
Casualties of WarCapt. Hill
The FavoriteFrench officer
1990KidGarvey
Fire BirdsA.K. McNeil
The Fourth WarSgt. Ma.
Spontaneous CombustionGen.
1991JFKGen. "Y"
Servants of Twilight
1992Under SiegeCapt. Nick Garza
1993Heaven & EarthLarry
Cover StoryJack
1994Endangered
Guarding TessCharles Ivy
Natural Born KillersDale Wrigley
Blue SkyCol. Mike Anwalt
The Puppet MastersBrande
1995OutbreakLt. Col. Briggs
Under Siege 2: Dark TerritoryCapt. Nick Garza
1996Sgt. Bilko
Mission: ImpossibleFrank Barnes
1997Trial and ErrorDr. Stone
Starship TroopersGeneral
1998Saving Private RyanWar Dept. Colonel
1999A Table for OneVernon Harpwood
2000Rules of EngagementGen. Perry
2001Spy GameCdr. Wiley
2003Missing BrendanGen. Temekin
2005The Great RaidGen. Kreuger
2007Music WithinCapt. Ruzicka
2010Knight and DayFrank Jenkins
2011Naked RunHarry
Larry CrowneCox
Television
YearTitleRole
1987Billionaire Boys ClubDefense attorney
1988SupercarrierCapt. Henry K. 'Hank' Madigan
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed SetAssistant Director
1989The Neon EmpireChief Bates
1990The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
1991Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. IndianapolisMaj. Green
L.A. Law
1992RavenCol. Paul David Mackay
Dead On: Relentless IICapt. Rivers
1995JAGSgt. Maj. Hollis
1996Space: Above and BeyondMaj. Jack Colquitt
Within the RockGeneral Hurst
1997Rough RidersCol. Leonard Wood
1998Seven DaysGen. Cole
Operation Delta Force 2: MaydayCapt. Halsey Lang
JAGCol. Bill Cobb
2001Band of BrothersCol. Robert Sink
1999Air AmericaCapt. Gage
Mutiny
2000The OthersCapt. Ken Radley
200344 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-OutSWAT Lt.
2005Entourage
2006Las VegasSgt. Burn
Commander in ChiefGen. Peter Allyson
2007The LoopRalph Somkin
ChuckGen. Stanfield
2010Cold CaseAl Wasserlauf
Entourage
2011Falling SkiesColonel Porter
2012Falling SkiesColonel Porter

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