A relative posted a Facebook message confirming that he “died in his sleep early Friday morning at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”
“Donald left a legacy of some amazingly wonderful films, which he and I had just recently spoken about gathering copies of, so that each of the children would have them when he was unexpectedly called forth,” the post read.
Wrye wrote and directed “Ice Castles,” which stars Lynn-Holly Johnson as an aspiring Olympic figure skater who goes blind after a freak accident but overcomes the handicap to pursue her dreams. The film’s theme “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award.
Wrye’s other credits include producing a pair of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, “As Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer” and “The Numbers Start With the River,