Jan Michael Vincent, Dead at 73.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Gen. Jack O'Neill, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Gen. Jack O'Neill

    Gen. Jack O'Neill Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2001
    Location:
    Cheyenne Mountain complex
    Jan-Michael Vincent, the ‘80s star best known for his role on TV’s hit series “Airwolf,” has died.

    According to a death certificate from a North Carolina hospital published by TMZ Friday, the actor passed away on Feb. 10 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The document shows Vincent was 73 at the time of his death and that no autopsy was performed.

    The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest.

    The former heartthrob’s final role was in 2002’s “White Boy.”

    Before Vincent’s rise to stardom, he appeared in 1978’s “Hooper” alongside Burt Reynolds, followed by “Hard Country” opposite Kim Basinger in 1981. He steadily worked in Hollywood for three decades and appeared in numerous hit TV shows, including “Lassie,” “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke,” among others.

    “Airwolf,” which aired from 1984 until 1986, told the tale of renegade pilot Stringfellow Hawke, who goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter as part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother.

    The CBS series made Vincent a massive star and at the time was reportedly the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $200G per episode. Still, TMZ noted “Airwolf” lasted only a couple of seasons largely in part to Vincent’s cocaine abuse.

    In 2012, Vincent cheated death after suffering from an infection that required his right leg to be amputated.

    He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughter, Amber.

    Airwolf was one of my favorite shows and Damnation Alley is a cult favorite. Guy was a good actor, but damn, what a waste his final years became.
     
    publiusr and KimMH like this.
  2. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2006
    Location:
    at the movies
    Drugs and alcohol really robbed him of of his health-- physically, mentally, and financially. It's a shame.
     
    KimMH likes this.
  3. Obsidian7

    Obsidian7 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    This March Mercury retrograde is rough. Another legend gone. :(
     
  4. KimMH

    KimMH Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    That is too bad. Only knew him from Airwolf and his character’s preposterously funny/cool name.
     
  5. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Location:
    usa
    RIP JMV:(
     
  6. FreezeC77

    FreezeC77 Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Now I know why the Airwolf opening was in my recommended videos. I really liked him in the original Mechanic film.

    Rip
     
  7. Silvercrest

    Silvercrest Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    And Danger Island.
     
  8. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Location:
    standard orbit
    They know where you are?