Wrye passed away in his sleep on 15 May (15) at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

He was best known for writing and directing 1978 figure skating drama Ice Castles, starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson.

Wrye earned two Oscar nods in the Best Documentary, Short Subjects category, for 1969's An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer and 1971's The Numbers Start With the River.

He also directed a number of made-for-TV movies, which starred actors such as Jack Lemmon, Orson Welles, Kris Kristofferson and Linda Blair.

Wrye was feted with two Humanitas Prizes for his impressive work on TV films Divorce Wars: A Love Story and Lucky Day.