2019-03-08 17:23:16 UTC
Jan-Michael Vincent -- the '80s heartthrob best known for his role on TV's
"Airwolf" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.
Jan-Michael actually died back on February 10 after suffering cardiac arrest
while a patient at a North Carolina hospital ... according to the death
certificate. We're told no autopsy was performed and he was later cremated.
Jan-Michael was most recently in the 2002 movie, "White Boy" ... but he had a
long, successful career in TV and film.
His CBS hit, "Airwolf," made him into a huge star. At the time, he was
reportedly the highest-paid actor at $200k per episode. Jan-Michael played
helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the show, but the series lasted only a
couple seasons largely in part to the star's cocaine abuse. His acting career
would ultimately suffer from it.
Jan-Michael nearly died in 2012 from an infection that required his right leg to
Jan-Michael also starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film, "Hooper" --
and co-starred with Kim Basinger in the 1981 film, "Hard Country." He was a
steady working actor in Hollywood for 3 decades, and appeared in tons of the old
classics like, "Lassie," "Bonanza," and "Gunsmoke."
Jan-Michael was 74. RIP.