TV's Airwolf Jan-Michael Vincent (74) dies

Posted March 09, 2019

Airwolf star Jan-Michael Vincent is dead at the age of 74.

Jan-Michael Vincent, who starred in the TV series "Airwolf" and movies like "The Mechanic", died on February 10 at the age of 74 in North Carolina, according to a death certificate obtained by KTLA.

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The popular show ran from 1984 to 1986 and earned Jan-Michael $200,000 per episode, making him the higher paid actor on television at the time. There was no autopsy, and his body was cremated. According to Variety, he was discovered by a talent scout in 1967 after finishing a stint in the California Army National Guard, and landed a role in the Robert Conrad film "The Bandits". He appeared in TV and movies throughout the 60s, 70s, including roles in series like Lassie and Dragnet. TV movie roles in projects like Sandcastles and Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete would only expand his range.

However, he suffered drug and alcohol problems while he was on the show, according to Variety. He also starred alongside Kim Basinger in the 1981 drama Hard Country.

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Vincent and "Airwolf" co-star Jean Bruce Scott.

In 2008, Vincent was in another vehicle crash and contracted an infection that led to his lower right leg being amputated.

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