Jan Michael Vincent

. 15 July_

Jan Michael Vincent
(72th anniversary)
15 July 1944 
Denver, Colorado, USA 
5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in Tribes (1970), Infierno en la carretera (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) or as a man of action on either side of the law, as in Fríamente... sin motivos personales (1972), Fuerza de vigilancia (1976) and Vientos de guerra (1983).

He was born in Denver, Colorado, in July 1944, and was finishing a stint in the National Guard when a talent scout was struck by his all-American looks. He made his first appearance on-screen in The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk (1967), before appearing in Journey to Shiloh (1968) and in "Danger Island" on the Hanna-Barbera kids TV show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968). He remained very busy during the 1970s, appearing in high-profile productions alongside such stars as John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Charles Bronson, Slim Pickens and Robert Mitchum.

In 1984 Vincent landed the role of Stringfellow Hawke in the helicopter action series Airwolf: Helicóptero (1984), co-starring Ernest Borgnine. The show wrapped after three seasons and from then on he was primarily appearing in low-budget, B-grade action and sci-fi films, including Alienator (1990), El justiciero de Dios (1992), Demasiado riesgo(1993) and Órbita letal (1996). His last film to date was the woeful gang movie White Boy(2002), and ongoing health issues and personal problems seem to preclude his return to the screen.

Vincent will be best remembered by film fans as a smirking, apprentice hit man to Charles Bronson in Fríamente... sin motivos personales (1972), as feisty "Matt" in the superb surf movie El gran miércoles (1978) with Gary Busey and William Katt, or as rebel trucker Carol Jo Hummer battling corruption in Infierno en la carretera (1975). - IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Patricia Ann (June 2000 - present)
Joanne Robinson (30 August 1986 - 1997) (divorced)
Bonnie Portman (1974 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Involved in car crash resulting in a broken neck. [August 1996]

Went to Elementary and High school in Hanford, California, Graduated from Hanford High School in 1963

(September 21, 2000) He was sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting that he violated his probation by being drunk in public three times between January and July 2000 and with his July 20, 2000 arrest for an altercation with his wife. He is currently enrolled in a live-in substance abuse treatment program, where he will return after serving his jail term.

Was the studio's choice to play the role of Hooper in Tiburón (1975).

Suffered permanent damage to his voice after getting into a near-fatal auto accident in 1996 that resulted in a broken neck. Paramedics had to insert a tube down his throat and the tube damaged one of his vocal cords.

He held a helicopter pilot license back in the 1980s.

Resides in Redwood, Mississippi, just north of Vicksburg. He has a secluded home and horse ranch. I saw him at the Vince Gill concert five nights ago. In fact he has spent a great deal of time in Mississippi over the years, training in horsemanship and skydiving at one time or another in North Mississippi for the most part. [November 2004]

Completely retired from acting and resides near Vicksburg, Mississippi. [September 2009]

Uncle of Zachary Vincent.

In 2012 Vincent had to have the lower half of his right leg amputated due to a leg infection he contracted because of complications from peripheral artery disease. Vincent now has a prosthetic right foot and sometimes has to use a wheelchair to get around.

Personal Quotes 
[September 2007, on being told he was bigger than Brad Pitt during his day] I don't even know who Brad Pitt is.

[September 2007, on being told he was one of the highest paid people on TV] This is the first time I ever thought about that. I never thought about being the highest paid. I just wanted to be someone that people cared about watching and I feel I'm a good actor.

Airwolf (1984) $250.000 /week