Jan-Michael Vincent dead: 'Airwolf' star was 74

Jan-Michael Vincent dead: 'Airwolf' star was 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, a 1980s heartthrob who starred in "Airwolf", died at age 74.

Vincent, whose film credits include "Hooper" (opposite Burt Reynolds and Sally Field), "White Line Fever", and "The Mechanic" (opposite Charles Bronsons) passed away February 10 in Asheville, South Carolina, according to reports published Friday.

Vincent was perhaps best known for playing helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the hit TV series Airwolf, which ran from 1984 to 1987. In 2002, he starred in the drama "White Boy". He appeared in TV and movies throughout the 60s, 70s, including roles in series like Lassie and Dragnet.

During his three-season stint on Airwolf, Vincent became one of the highest-paid actors in American television, earning a reported US$200,000 per episode.

Vincent battled alcoholism and drug use throughout his life. His noteworthy credits among the dozens of films in which he acted include Big Wednesday, with Gary Busey; Hooper, with Burt Reynolds; and Hard Country, opposite Kim Basinger.

In 2012 he had is right leg amputated as a result of an infection that nearly cost him his life.

Vincent lived with his third wife Patricia Ann who he married in 1999.

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