Actor Jan Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ has died

Actor Jan Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ has died

Actor Jan Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ has died

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, who starred on the big screen in the 1970s and in the hit TV series "Airwolf" in the 1980s died February 10 of cardiac arrest.

Vincent's career waned after his Airwolf heyday and he quit acting in 2009. His first film was the Robert Conrad movie The Bandits.

In 1984, Vincent was cast as pilot Stringfellow "String" Hawke for the CBS series "Airwolf", in which he co-starred with Ernest Borgnine.

Jan-Michael Vincent at home in Santa Monica on July 6, 1999. Vincent would fade out of the limelight during the '90s, with only small cameos in the TV show Nash Bridges (playing star Don Johnson's long-lost brother) and the Vincent Gallo movie Buffalo '66.

His last credit was in the 2002 movie White Boy.

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He was reportedly paid $200,000 for each episode.

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.

Vincent battled alcoholism and drug use throughout his life.

In 2000, he was forced to pay more than $350,000 as part of a default judgment made against him when his former girlfriend accused him of physical assault that caused her to miscarry their child.

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