ctor Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his portrayal of Stringfellow Hawke on the television show “Airwolf” from 1984 to 1987, has died, according to TMZ. He was 74.
According to a North Carolina death certificate obtained by TMZ, Vincent died Feb. 10 after a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Asheville.
Vincent suffered from health issues in his later life. He told the National Enquirer in 2014 that he nearly died two years earlier after getting an infection in his leg. Doctors had to amputate the limb, he said.
Vincent appeared in dozens of television shows and movies over the course of his acting career, which began in 1967 when he appeared in a television pilot for “The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk,” according to IMDB. His role as Jimmy Graham in 1971’s “Going Home” earned him a Golden Globes nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and his performance in 1983’s “The Winds of War” later earned him a Golden Globes nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Vincent struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout his life. He was sentenced to probation in 1996 after being charged with drunk driving in a collision that left him with a broken neck, according to The Los Angeles Times. He was later sentenced to 60 days in jail in Orange County, California, after he admitted to violating his probation by appearing drunk in public and assaulting his then-girlfriend, according to the Times.
Vincent is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Vincent, and a daughter by a previous marriage, Amber Vincent.