Actor Jan-Michael Vincent dies

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Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his role in the 1980s CBS series Airwolf, died on February 10 of a heart attack. He was 73.

Vincent’s acting career began in 1967 after a stint in the California Army National Guard. His film career took off in the 1970s, appearing opposite Robert Mitchum in Going Home (1971) and playing Charles Bronson’s hit-man protege in the iconic Michael Winner film The Mechanic (1972). Other movie roles included Buster and Billie, TV movie The Tribe, surf movie Big Wednesday, Hooper, and Damnation Alley.

On Airwolf, Vincent was one of the highest-paid actors on TV, earning a reported $200,000 per episode. He also dealt with drug and alcohol problems, at one point appearing drunk in public and assaulting his fiancée. In 2012 he had his lower leg amputated after an illness.

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