Jan-Michael Vincent was an American actor best known for playing Stringfellow Hawke in the TV series Airwolf. He is also well-known for playing Matt Johnson in Big Wednesday and Byron Henry in The Winds of War.

He earned his first acting role in 1967 in The Bandits. After his debut, he appeared in numerous film and TV shows throughout his professional career. Some of his notable film works are The Undefeated, The Mechanic, Hooper, Last Plane Out, Buffalo ’66. Vincent was worth around $200 thousand at the time of his death in 2019. The Winds of War passed away at the age of 74 on 10th February 2019.

When Was Jan-Michael Vincent Born?

Jan-Michael Vincent was born on 15th July 1944 in Denver, Colorado, the United States of America, to Lloyd Whiteley Vincent and Doris Jane Pace. He held American nationality and was white in terms of ethnicity.

He enrolled at Hanford High School and graduated in 1963. He then went to Ventura College for three years and dropped out. He also served in the California Army National Guard and remained in the National Guard Reserve until 1971.

A Short Career Highlights

Following his departure from the National Guard Reserve, Vincent landed a role in the 1967 film The Bandits. He then appeared in the made-for-TV-Movie The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk.

In the late 1960s, he was signed to Universal Studios and appeared in several television series including Dragnet 1968 and The Banana Splits. In 1969, he starred in the prime-time soap opera The Survivors alongside George Hamilton and Lana Turner.

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In the late 1960s, he acted in several movies like The Undefeated as Bubba Wilkes starring Rock Hudson, John Wayne, and Antonio Aguilar. In 1980, he starred in the gang-themed drama Defiance starring Theresa Saldana and Art Carney.

Vincent played Stringfellow Hawke in AirwolfImage Source: Amazon
Vincent played Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf

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In 1984, he was cast as Stringfellow Hawke in the American action military drama television series Airwolf. He starred in the series from 1984 to 1986 alongside Ernest Borgnine, Alex Cord, Jean Bruce Scott, and Barry Van Dyke.

In 1991, he appeared as Colonel Johnson in Hangfire and Lt. Bruce Ellis in Raw Nerve. In 1997, he appeared as Bobby Chase in the episode Revelations of Nash bridges alongside Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, and James Gammon.

Vincent’s last role was Ron Masters in the 2003 film White Boy.

What Was His Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Vincent was worth around $200 thousand at the time of his death in 2019. He earned his thousand-dollar fortune from his successful career as an actor.

As per various reports, Jan received $250,000 ($500,000 after adjusting for inflation) per week for his work in Airwolf.

Who Was Jan-Michael Married To?

At the time of his death, Vincent was married to Patricia Anna Christ. They tied the knot in June 2000 and were together until 10th February 2019.

He was previously married to Joanne Robinson. They got married on 30th August 1986 and got divorced after 11 years in 1997.

He marries his first wife Bonnie Lynn Portman in 1969 and shared a daughter named Amber Springbird Vincent born in 1972. They got divorced on 2nd January 1977.

How Did Van-Michael Die?

Vincent died at the age of 74 in Ashville, North Carolina on 10th February 2019 due to cardiac arrest. During the time of his death, Vincent was hospitalized at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus.

As per reports, Bradycardia, a decreased heart rate was mentioned as the cause of his death. He is survived by his third wife Patricia and his daughter Amber Vincent.

Vincent’s death news was revealed to the public on 8th March 2019 when TMZ broke the news showing a slightly redacted copy of his death certificate.