Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the “Airwolf” television star whose good made him an 80s heart-throb has died. He was 73 years old and news of his death wasn’t made public till recently because of undisclosed reasons.
Born in 1945 in Denver, Colorado, Vincent appeared alongside Charles Bronson in 1972′s “The Mechanic” and with Burt Reynolds in 1978′s “Hooper,” while also had starring roles in films featuring John Wayne (The Undefeated) and Gene Hackman (Bite The Bullet). He also starred in the 1983 television mini-series “Winds of War” as the love interest of a character played by Ali MacGraw, a role for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.
His best-known role was in the television action-adventure series “Airwolf,” where he was part of the main cast for the first three seasons before being written off in the fourth season premiere due to his troubled personal life. Vincent played Stringfellow Hawke, a rugged pilot who could pull off aerobatic crime-fighting maneuvers in an advanced helicopter with another film legend Ernest Borgnine as his mentor cum friend.
Vincent led a troubled personal life that was the reason why he was axed from Airwolf, although he was at that time the highest paid actor on TV. He was admitted to probation, ended up in rehab and even was also charged for barroom brawls, which made producers skeptical before casting him. Although he did make a comeback as Nash Bridges MIA brother in the TV series, he couldn’t carry on due to his attitude that cost him his career.