Jan-Michael Vincent

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Jan-Michael Vincent
Born(1944-07-15) July 15, 1944 (age 68)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Other namesJan Michael Vincent
Michael Vincent
Mike Vincent
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1967–2002
Spouse(s)Bonnie Poorman (1974-75) 1 child (div)
Joanne Robinson (1986-1997) (div)
Patricia Ann (2000-present)
ChildrenAmber Vincent
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Jan-Michael Vincent
Born(1944-07-15) July 15, 1944 (age 68)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Other namesJan Michael Vincent
Michael Vincent
Mike Vincent
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1967–2002
Spouse(s)Bonnie Poorman (1974-75) 1 child (div)
Joanne Robinson (1986-1997) (div)
Patricia Ann (2000-present)
ChildrenAmber Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent (born July 15, 1944) is a retired American actor best known for his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the 1980s U.S. television series Airwolf (1984–1986).



Early life

Vincent was born July 15, 1944 in Denver, Colorado, to Doris and Lloyd Vincent. His family moved to Hanford, California, when Jan-Michael was in his teens. Vincent attended Ventura College in Ventura, California.



He was finishing a stint in the National Guard when a talent scout was struck by his all-American looks. Jan-Michael Vincent's first acting job was in the movie The Bandits (aka Los Banditos), co-directed by and starring Robert Conrad, in 1967.

His career took off in the late 1960s when casting agent Dick Clayton signed him to Universal Studios. Vincent made an appearance on the Dragnet 1968 episode, "The Grenade," as a muscular high school student who suffered an acid attack by a mentally unstable classmate. He also appeared in the Danger Island segments of Hanna-Barbera's The Banana Splits series as Link (1968–1969). Finally, in the fall of 1969 Vincent had a starring role in the prime time soap opera The Survivors, alongside Lana Turner and George Hamilton; however, the series was canceled at midseason.

He also performed in several movies in that period, such as the 1969 Twentieth Century Fox movie The Undefeated (as Bubba Wilkes) starring John Wayne, Rock Hudson and Mexican actor Antonio Aguilar. His name appeared as Michael Vincent in the credits of the movie. Vincent guest-starred in one episode of Bonanza (April 1969's "The Unwanted").


Vincent appeared in 1 episode of Marcus Welby, M.D. as Richie, a teen with an alcohol addiction. Vincent co-starred with Charles Bronson in the crime film The Mechanic. In 1970, he garnered critical praise for his role in the made for TV film Tribes, co-starring Darren McGavin, about a tough Marine boot-camp drill instructor dealing with a hippie draftee (portrayed by Vincent), who will not play by "the rules." Other notable films included the cult surfing film Big Wednesday with William Katt and Gary Busey; he also attracted attention giving a highly complex performance opposite Robert Mitchum in Going Home. In 1971 he appeared in the Gunsmoke episode "The Legend." In 1972 Vincent starred in a made-for-TV love story, Sandcastles, and in 1973 he starred in the Disney movie The World's Greatest Athlete, with Tim Conway and John Amos. Vincent also starred in the 1974 romance Buster and Billie as the romantic anti-hero Buster Lane, where he startled audiences with his full-frontal nudity. In Hooper with Burt Reynolds, Vincent played a young stunt man. In 1975 Bite the Bullet found him sharing screen time opposite Gene Hackman, James Coburn and Candice Bergen. He also starred in the cult classic trucker movie White Line Fever; in 1976's Baby Blue Marine, a war film directed by John D. Hancock, which also starred Glynnis O'Connor; and in the 1976 cult classic Shadow of the Hawk co-starring Marilyn Hassett. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars. Vincent also appeared in Damnation Alley, based on Roger Zelazny's science fiction novel, in 1977.


In 1980, he starred in the gang-themed drama, Defiance, which received a limited release. In that film, He costarred alongside Danny Aiello, as Manhattan residents who fight back against the gang members who terrorize their neighborhood. He also appeared in The Return, a science-fiction film which was released directly to television and video. In 1981, he co-starred with Kim Basinger in Hard Country. Vincent starred in the 1983 action film Last Plane Out.

After the completion of his role in the 1983 television miniseries Winds of War, Vincent was cast as Stringfellow Hawke for the action-espionage series Airwolf, in which Vincent co-starred with Ernest Borgnine and is the role for which he is best known and remembered, as well as for his rate of pay. It was noted, at the time, that Vincent's salary for his work on Airwolf was the highest paid (rumoured to be $200,000 per episode) of any actor in American television.[1][2] While filming Airwolf, Vincent admitted to drug and alcohol problems for which he acknowledged seeking help.

After the end of Airwolf Vincent found roles in smaller budget and lower exposure film projects.

1990s and 2000s

Jan-Michael Vincent worked with Traci Lords in the 1991 suspense film Raw Nerve. In the latter half of the decade, Vincent was involved in two severe automobile collisions which he barely survived. As a result of one accident in 1996, in which Vincent broke three vertebrae in his neck, he sustained a permanent injury to his vocal cords from an emergency medical procedure. This has left him with a permanently raspy voice. While he was in the hospital he was committed to a role in Red Line with Chad McQueen. He appeared in the film with a swollen face, scars, and still wearing the hospital ID bracelet. Vincent was involved in another automobile accident in 2008.[3]

In 1997 he had a small guest role on Nash Bridges playing the title character's long-lost brother.

A notable exception to the downward trend in Vincent's post-Airwolf career was his small role in the critically acclaimed, independent film Buffalo '66, in 1998.[4]

His last movie role was in the independent film White Boy, also titled Menace (for the US video version), released in March 2002.

Personal life

Beginning during his career on Airwolf and continuing through the mid 2000s, Vincent battled alcoholism. In 2000, after violating probation for prior alcohol-related arrests by appearing drunk in public three times and assaulting his then-girlfriend, he was sentenced to 60 days in Orange County Jail.[5]

In an interview on the TV program The Insider on September 18, 2007, when asked about his 1996 car accident, he answered, "Y'know, I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't remember being in an accident." He then discussed being an alcoholic and admitted alcohol had robbed him of his career and memories.[1][6]

Vincent has a daughter, Amber Vincent,[7] from his marriage to first wife Bonnie Poorman.

As of 2008, Vincent resides in Vicksburg, Mississippi.[8]


List of film credits
1967The Mystery of the Chinese JunkTony PritoCredited as "Mike Vincent"
1967Dragnet (TV series)Rick Schneiderman"The Grenade" episode, credited as "Michael Vincent"
1967The BanditsTaye "Boy" Brown
1968Lassie (TV series)Chris HanfordEpisodes "Hanford's Point", part 1-3, credited as "Michael Vincent"
1968Journey to ShilohLittle Bit LucketCredited as "Michael Vincent"
1968-1970The Banana Splits Adventure HourLincoln 'Link' SimmonsSeveral episodes, credited as "Michael Vincent"
1968-1969BonanzaRick Miller and EddieEpisodes "The Unwanted" and "The Arrival of Eddie", credited as "Michael Vincent"
1969The SurvivorsJeffrey Hastings
1969The UndefeatedBubba WilkesCredited as "Michael Vincent"
1970Double JeopardyKevin Colter
1971The Last of the Powerseekersunknown
1971Dan AugustKevin ColterEpisode "Death Chain"
1971Men at Law (TV series)unknownEpisode "One American"
1971The Persuaders!Helicopter pilotEpisode "The Gold Napoleon", uncredited
1971GunsmokeTravis ColterEpisode "The Legend"
1971Going HomeJimmy Graham
1972The Catcher (TV movie)Sam Callende
1972Sandcastles (TV movie)Michael
1972The MechanicSteve McKenna
1973The World's Greatest AthleteNanu
1973Marcus Welby, M.D.RitchieEpisode: "Catch a Ring That Isn't There"
1973Deliver Us from Evil (TV movie)Nick Fleming
1973Toma (TV series)Billy HaskellEpisode "Blockhouse Breakdown"
1974Buster and BillieBuster Lane
1973-1975Police Story (TV series)Warren Yates & Dave HauserEpisodes "Incident in the Kill Zone" and "Line of Fire"
1975Bite the BulletCarbo
1975White Line FeverCarrol Jo Hummer
1976Baby Blue MarineMarion
1976Shadow of the HawkMike
1976Vigilante ForceBen Arnold
1977Damnation AlleyTanner
1978Big WednesdayMatt Johnson
1980The ReturnWayne
1981Hard CountryKyle
1983The Winds of War (TV miniseries)Byron Henry
1983Last Plane OutJack Cox
1984Airwolf (TV movie)Stringfellow Hawke
1985Get Out of My RoomImmigration Officer
1984-1987Airwolf (TV series)Stringfellow Hawke
1986Hotel (TV series)Nick HauserEpisode "Undercurrents"
1987Six Against the Rock (TV movie)Miran 'Buddy' Thompson
1987Enemy TerritoryParker
1987Born in East L.A.McCalister
1989DemonstoneAndy Buck
1989Hit ListAndy Buck
1989Tarzan in Manhattan (TV movie)Brightmore
1989Deadly Embrace (video)Stewart Moreland
1989Dirty GamesKepler West
1990Haunting Fear (video)Detective James Trent
1991Xtro II: The Second EncounterOliver Moss
1991HangfireColonel Johnson
1991Raw NerveLt. Bruce Ellis
1991The Final Heist (TV movie)David King
1992Beyond the Call of DutyLen Jordan
1992The Divine Enforcer (video)Father Thomas
1992Animal Instincts (video)Fletcher Ross
1993Singapore Sling (TV movie)Billy
1993Midnight WitnessLance
1993Sins of DesireWarren Robillard
1993Hidden ObsessionBen Scanlon
1993Deadly HeroesCody Grant
1993Indecent BehaviorTom Mathis
1994Renegade (TV series)MaxEpisode "Hard Rider"
1995Russian Roulette - Moscow 95unknown
1995Abducted II: The ReunionBrad Allen
1995Body CountDetective Reinhart
1995Ice Cream ManDetective Gifford
1995Red Line (video)Who?
1996Jurassic Women (TV movie)Zepp
1996Lethal Orbit (TV movie)Riff
1996The Last Killunknown
1997Nash Bridges (TV series)Bobby ChaseEpisode "Revelations"
1998No Rest for the WickedSheriff Juan Ramirez
1998Buffalo '66Sonny
2000The Thundering 8thunknown
2002White BoyRon Masters
2004Escape to Grizzly MountainTrapper


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