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Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for playing daredevil pilot Stringfellow Hawke in 1980s TV series Airwolf, has died at the age of 74, it has emerged.
The US actor also appeared with Charles Bronson in The Mechanic, with Burt Reynolds in Hooper and in seminal surfing film Big Wednesday.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for 1971 film Going Home and again in 1984 for miniseries The Winds of War.
Vincent died on 10 February, according to his death certificate.
In real life, Vincent was serving in the California Army National Guard back in the 1960s, when a talent scout spotted him, based on his looks. He got his first role in the 1967 film The Bandits, which led to him being signed [onto] Universal Studios, where he ended the '60s with TV roles on shows like Dragnet 1968, Danger Island, The Survivors and Lassie - along with a few film roles. In the 1970s, Vincent gained acclaim playing a hippie drafted into the Vietnam War in the TV movie Tribes, and added some action movie acclaim to his resume by starring in The Mechanic alongside Charles Bronson. TV movie roles in projects like Sandcastles and Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete would only expand his range. He would appear in films throughout the '70s, ending the decade with highlights like surfing film Big Wednesday and the Burt Reynolds stuntman movie Hooper. The '80s would see Vincent truly hit his stride, with a series of notable film roles (Hard Country, Last Plane Out) and a TV miniseries role (Winds of War) that would tee him up for his biggest career success with Airwolf. 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.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
I always liked him.
One of my guilty pleasures is one of his early movies..
It's so bad good...