Whilst the highlight of his career may have been in the 70s with the film ‘Big Wednesday.’, I will always fondly remember Jan Michael Vincent from his 56 episodes of Airwolf and his film appearance in Hooper (alongside the late Burt Reynolds) Only recently I had been working my way through a DVD box set of the Airwolf episodes where Jan Michael played the lead role of ‘Stringfellow Hawke’ who along with Dominic Santini (played by Ernest Borgnine) played a game of cat and mouse with the government whilst using a high tech helicopter as a bargaining chip
Sadly today the news reported that Jan Michael Vincent has died. He was 73 and passed away on the 10th of February 2019 in Asheville, North Carolina, according to his death certificate obtained by KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.
Onscreen he was the handsome hero who flew into save many a day, but offscreen he had a very public battle with alcohol and narcotic abuse which of course not only damaged his career but also his body.damaging his vocal chords and neck in one accident, whilst many years later in another car crash, which resulted in two sections of his leg being amputated due to an infection caused by the crash injury
With over 80 onscreen credits to his name, Jan Michael Vincent is known by many a film fan, however it is with sadness to see that whilst his last role was in 2002’s ‘White Boy’ and that today, nearly a month since his passing. We only just learned that the one highest paid actor on TV (for Airwolf) is no longer with us. Whilst you didnt gain peace in much of your life Jan Michael. I hope you are at peace now.