RIP: Jan-Michael Vincent Passes Away, Aged 74

News is just now getting out that actor Jan-Michael Vincent died on February 10 at the age of 74.

Vincent was probably most famous as Stringfellow Hawke, the pilot of a high tech CIA helicopter on Airwolf.  That show ran from 1984-1986 and co-starred Earnest Borgnine.  At the time, Vincent was one of the highest paid stars on television.

Vincent had an interesting career with roles on in film as well as television.  He played Robert Mitchum‘s son twice.  The first time was in Going Home (1971) and the second was in the 1983 CBS miniseries The Winds of War.  He starred in Damnation Alley (1977) with George Peppard, and he played a surfer in John Milius’ Big Wednesday (1978). Vincent also had a role in the indie flick Buffalo ’66 (1998).

After his success with Airwolf, Vincent struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and his career hit a downturn.

Jan-Michael Vincent died in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina of cardiac arrest.

I knew Vincent mainly from watching Airwolf as a kid and always thought he should have been bigger.  Happy Travels, Stringfellow.