Jan-Michael Vincent, star of Airwolf, dies at 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, star of Airwolf, dies at 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, star of Airwolf, dies at 74

He was ultimately cremated. Vincent was a star in the 1980s for the role he performed on the hit series Airwolf, where he played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke during the show's four-season run.

Born in 1947 in Denver, Colorado, Vincent made his first appearance on screen in the 1967 television film The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk under the name Mike Vincent. Vincent was twice nominated for Golden Globes, earning recognition for his performances in Going Home and The Winds of War.

Before Airwolf, Vincent appeared in The Mechanic opposite Charles Bronson, and the action thriller White Line Fever among many other productions. Vincent had fought a high-profile battle with substance abuse for many years, survived two serious vehicle wrecks, and in 2012 lost a leg to peripheral artery disease. He also received a felony assault charge in 1986 of which he was acquitted, but was arrested for drunk driving and entered rehab in 1988.

Although several online biographies list Vincent's birth year as 1944, the death certificate released by authorities in North Carolina has it listed as 1945.

Vincent is survived by his wife and daughter.

Notably, Vincent previously endured a bad infection that caused him to have to have his right leg amputated in 2012.

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