Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for playing the lead role in the 1980s CBS series “Airwolf,” died on Feb. 10 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a death certificate obtained by several outlets. His death, first reported by TMZ, has only now come to light. He was 73.
His image as a baby-faced blonde heartthrob was at odds with his history of violence and substance abuse. The troubled 1970s TV star had a long string of arrests and charges relating to domestic violence, drug possession, and alcohol abuse.
Vincent’s acting career began in 1967, when he was spotted by a talent scout just after finishing a stint in the California Army National Guard. His first film was the Robert Conrad movie “The Bandits.”
ABC News reports:
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 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.