Who was Jan-Michael Vincent? A look back at the Airwolf actor’s life

AIRWOLF star Jan-Michael Vincent died last month after suffering a cardiac arrest but has only now been reported, according to TMZ.

The 80’s heartthrob was 74 when he died in a hospital in North Carolina. Here’s everything you need to know.

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He was best known for his role as attack helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in television series Airwolf from 1984 to 1986[/caption]

Who was Jan-Michael Vincent?

Jan-Michael was born in Denver, Colorado in 1944.

The American actor was best known for his role as attack helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in television series Airwolf from 1984 to 1986.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Bonnie Poorman in 1968 but the pair divorced in 1977. They had a child together – Amber – who is now 45.

Then came Joanne, they married in 1986 and divorced in 1999.

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He starred alongside Burt Reynolds in hit film Hooper[/caption]

What was he in?

Starring alongside Burt Reynolds in 1978 film Hopper, Vincent also appeared in 1981 film Defiance with Kim Basinger.

He married three times, leaving Patricia Ann who he married in 1999 and lived with until he died on February 10.

He was the protagonist of 1978’s Big Wednesday.

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Airwolf ran for three series between 1984 and 1986[/caption]

Addiction and brushes with death

TMZ, who obtained the death certificate, reports that no autopsy was performed and the actor was cremated.

But the actor was lucky not to have died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated. The infection was a result from complications from peripheral artery disease.

He had also been in two serious car accidents, the first in 1996 where he broke three vertebrae in his neck and sustained permanent injury to his vocal chords.

The actor was left with a raspy voice. He had his second car crash in 2008.

He battled with alcohol and drug addiction which allegedly contributed to the cancellation of the CBS series in 1986.

The troubled actor had gotten into trouble with the law over his addiction and spent time in rehab.

 

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