Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of ‘Airwolf,’ Dead at 73

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Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of ‘Airwolf,’ Dead at 73

Post by Head Honcho » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:40 am

Vincent entered films in the late 1960s and became a mainstay of action dramas. He was the hitman apprentice to Charles Bronson in “The Mechanic” (1972) and a handsome young stuntman in “Hooper” (1978), with Burt Reynolds as an aging one.

His biggest breakthrough was the male ingenue part in the ABC miniseries “The Winds of War” (1983), based on Herman Wouk's bestselling novel set during World War II. He played a son of Robert Mitchum’s naval officer and the love interest of Ali MacGraw’s character.

He won a supporting part in the John Wayne western “The Undefeated” (1969), then a co-starring role opposite Mitchum in “Going Home” (1971), as a troubled young man.

Vincent later appeared in Disney’s “The World’s Greatest Athlete” (1973), opposite Tim Conway, and “Big Wednesday” (1978), a drama about surfers facing the prospect of going to fight in Vietnam. Increasingly too drunk to remember his lines, he ended his career in D-grade fare such as “Rave Nerve” (1991), featuring former porn actress Traci Lords, and “White Boy” (2002), a gang-warfare story.

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