Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, a 1980s heartthrob best known for his role on the CBS series “Airwolf,” has died. TMZ reports that Vincent died Feb. 10 after suffering cardiac arrest while he was hospitalized in North Carolina. He was 74.
The report cites Vincent’s death certificate.
“We’re told no autopsy was performed and he was later cremated,” TMZ adds.
The report notes that Vincent, who had a long career on TV and in film, became a big star thanks to “Airwolf,” which had a four-season run from 1984-1987.
“At the time, he was reportedly the highest-paid actor at $200k per episode,” TMZ notes. “Jan-Michael played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the show, but the series lasted only a couple seasons [due] in part to the star’s cocaine abuse. His acting career would ultimately suffer from it.
“Jan-Michael nearly died in 2012 from an infection that required his right leg to be amputated.”
Among his many other roles, Vincent starred along with Kris Kristofferson in “Vigilante Force,” released in 1976, starred opposite Burt Reynolds in “Hooper” in 1978 and co-starred with Kim Basinger in the 1981 movie “Hard Country.”
His TV work included a run on the short-lived “The Survivors” in 1969-1970 and a major role on the 1983 miniseries “The Winds of War,” along with guest appearances on many shows, including “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Police Story” and “Nash Bridges.”
Here’s a featurette that includes an interview with Vincent, from the “Airwolf” days …