Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of ‘Airwolf’ and ‘The Mechanic,’ Dies at 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of ‘Airwolf’ and ‘The Mechanic,’ Dies at 74

According to TMZ, Vincent died of cardiac arrest on February 10 as a patient at a North Carolina hospital.

Vincent was perhaps best known for playing helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the hit TV series Airwolf, which ran from 1984 to 1987.

He was nominated for two Golden Globes: supporting actor for Going Home and supporting actor for the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.

Nonetheless, today will likely be a celebration of all that he accomplished in his career, while it's otherwise been reported that no autopsy was performed and he requested to be cremated. He also starred alongside Kim Basinger in the 1981 drama Hard Country.

The actor began his rise to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with film roles, including the cult classic surfing/coming-of-age film "Big Wednesday" (opposite Gary Busey and William Katt), and guest spots on numerous TV series.

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The former heartthrob's final role was in 2002's "White Boy".

Vincent battled alcoholism and drug use throughout his life. TMZ specifically mentions that Airwolf lasted on CBS for "only a couple seasons largely in part to the star's cocaine abuse".

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

In 2014, he revealed that his right leg was amputated just below the knee in 2012 after he contracted a leg infection as a result of peripheral artery disease.

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