clearn.png
Monday April 22nd, 2019 4:17AM

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for 'Airwolf,' dies at 73

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the "Airwolf" television star whose sleek good looks belied a troubled personal life, has died. He was 73.

A death certificate shows that Vincent died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, 2019, in an Asheville, North Carolina, hospital. The certificate signed by a doctor says he died of natural causes and no autopsy was performed.

It wasn't clear why it took several weeks for news of the death to surface before it was first reported Friday by TMZ. Messages left at phone listings for Vincent and his wife weren't immediately returned Friday.

Born in 1945 in Denver, Colorado, Vincent starred in such films as 1972's "The Mechanic" and 1978's "Hooper," in which he played a stuntman opposite Burt Reynolds. Off-screen, his handsomeness earned him a spot on a cosmetic surgeon's "Ten Best Noses" list in the late 1970s.

He also starred in the 1983 television mini-series "Winds of War" as the love interest of a character played by Ali MacGraw, "piling up enormous ratings," according to a contemporary Associated Press account. He earned a Golden Globe nomination.

In a 1984 AP interview, Vincent described his passion for being on the water. He said he spent three months after wrapping up "Winds of War" sailing the Caribbean. He also said he was a longtime surfer.

"I was a traveling surfer for years. ... I've been all over the world surfing," he said. "I'll be 40 in July and I still like to surf."

Perhaps his best-known role was in the television action-adventure series "Airwolf," which lasted for several seasons after launching in 1984. Vincent played pilot Stringfellow Hawke, a rugged pilot who could pull off aerobatic crime-fighting maneuvers in an advanced helicopter — but also play the cello.

In the AP interview, he described trying to find the right way to loosen the character up.

"The character is stiff," he says, "but as we've gone along we've been able to loosen him some. Now you'll sometimes see him crack a smile and say something funny. Even Clint Eastwood is mellowing, although I'll never be Burt Reynolds."

However, his surfer-like demeanor was overshadowed at times by his troubled personal life. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to a drunken driving accident that left him with a broken neck and was sentenced to a rehab program. He was also charged in 1980s barroom brawls, receiving probation in one and an acquittal in another. In a separate case, he was acquitted in 1986 of hitting a woman.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail in 2000 in Orange County, California, after he admitted to violating his probation by appearing drunk in public and assaulting his then-girlfriend.

___

Associated Press writer Allen G. Breed contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: Death / Obits News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon
Genetically modified salmon have cleared another hurdle to be sold in the U.S., but could still face legal challenges
5:26PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon
President Donald Trump says his former lawyer Michael Cohen told a "stone cold lie" in claiming that he did not seek a pardon
5:25PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Arizona now oversees center where incapacitated woman raped
An embattled Phoenix long-term care facility where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth is now under state supervision
5:16PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for 'Airwolf,' dies at 73
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for starring in the television series "Airwolf," has died
4:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help
The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team's broadcast territory
3:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
Warner Bros. CEO apologizes to staff amid misconduct reports
Warner Bros. CEO apologizes to staff amid misconduct reports
3:10PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Bill Shine resigns White House communications post
Former Fox News executive Bill Shine has resigned as White House communications director and has joined President Donald Trump's re-election campaign as a senior adviser
12:07PM ( 5 hours ago )
Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case
Chicago police say they are conducting an internal investigation to determine the source of information leaked anonymously to media during the probe into 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett's claims he was attacked
11:49PM ( 17 hours ago )
Actor drops 'Carlton Dance' suit against video game maker
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game "Fortnite" over its use of the "Carlton" dance he did on the show
11:26PM ( 18 hours ago )
AP Online TV News
Dan Jenkins, sports writing great and author, dies at 89
Dan Jenkins, sports writing great and best-selling author known for his humor, dies at 89
9:32AM ( 8 hours ago )
Festival co-founder: Lineup for Woodstock 50 coming soon
Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang says the wait is almost over regarding performers for Woodstock 50, despite media reports claiming Jay-Z, Black Keys and others will perform at the event in August
6:13PM ( 23 hours ago )
Police: After jail, Taylor Swift's stalker breaks in again
Authorities say a man who served jail time for breaking into Taylor Swift's Manhattan townhouse has been arrested for doing it again
4:06PM ( 1 day ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon
Genetically modified salmon have cleared another hurdle to be sold in the U.S., but could still face legal challenges
5:26PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Arizona now oversees center where incapacitated woman raped
An embattled Phoenix long-term care facility where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth is now under state supervision
5:16PM ( 15 minutes ago )
California harassment investigations cost taxpayers $1.8M
AP Exclusive: California Legislature spent $1.8 million in 13 months on legal fees related to sexual harassment investigations
5:15PM ( 17 minutes ago )
House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door
The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards
4:59PM ( 32 minutes ago )
First down week since January for S&P 500 as unease spreads
Another wave of selling on Wall Street Friday left the S&P 500 with its worst weekly showing since January and its eighth loss in the last nine days
4:56PM ( 36 minutes ago )