Jan-Michael Vincent Biography

Birthday: 1944-07-15
Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: Virile, handsome and square-jawed youthful star of the 1970s and 1980s whose early potential at super-stardom fizzled out. Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in Tribes (1970) (TV), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) or as a man of action on either side of the law, as in The Mechanic (1972), Vigilante Force (1976) and "The Winds of War" (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 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" (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), The Divine Enforcer (1992) (V), Deadly Heroes (1993) and Lethal Orbit (1996) (TV). 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 The Mechanic (1972), as feisty "Matt" in the superb surf movie Big Wednesday (1978) with Gary Busey and William Katt, or as rebel trucker Carol Jo Hummer battling corruption in White Line Fever (1975).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 1968 Adventure
Tribes 1970 Drama
The Winds of War Byron Henry 1983 Drama
Airwolf Stringfellow Hawke 1984 - 1987 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Undefeated 1969 Action, Adventure, Drama
Tribes 1970 Drama
The World's Greatest Athlete Nanu 1973
Buster and Billie 1975 Crime, Drama
White Line Fever 1975 Action, Crime, Drama
Damnation Alley 1977 0, Sport
Vigilante Force Ben Arnold 1978 Action, Adventure, Crime
Big Wednesday 1978
Hooper Ski Chinski 1978 Action, Comedy
Hard Country 1981 0, Biography
The Winds of War Byron Henry 1983 Drama, Romance
Airwolf Stringfellow Hawke 1984 Action, Adventure
Get Out of My Room 1985
Enemy Territory Parker 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
Born in East L.A. 1987 Comedy
Alienator 1989
Hit List Jack Collins 1989 Thriller, Action
Dirty Games Kepler West 1989 Action, Adventure, Thriller
Xtro II: The Second Encounter 1990
In Gold We Trust Oliver Moss 1990 Action, Adventure, Drama
Demonstone Andy Buck 1990 Action, Thriller
Hangfire 1991 Game Show
Raw Nerve Lt. Bruce Ellis 1991 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Midnight Witness Lance 1993 Action, Thriller
Sins of Desire Warren Robillard 1993 Thriller
Hidden Obsession Ben Scanlon 1993 Thriller
Indecent Behavior Tom Mathis 1993 Mystery, Thriller
Deadly Heroes Cody Grant 1994 Action, Drama
Ice Cream Man 1995
Abducted II: The Reunion Brad Allen 1995 Action, Thriller
Body Count Detective Reinhart 1997 Action, Thriller
Escape to Grizzly Mountain Trapper 2004 Family