Actor, 'Airwolf' star Jan-Michael Vincent dies at 74

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Actor, 'Airwolf' star Jan-Michael Vincent dies at 74

Best known for his starring role on the '80s TV series Airwolf, Vincent passed away of cardiac arrest back on February 10th, but his death was just reported today (March 8th) by TMZ. There was no autopsy, and his body was cremated. His last onscreen appearance was in the 2002 thriller White Boy. Aside from his role in Airwolf, Vincent was nominated for two Golden Globes, the first for the 1971 film Going Home and again in 1984 for miniseries The Winds of War. He steadily worked in Hollywood for three decades and appeared in numerous hit TV shows, including "Lassie", "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke" among others. At one point, Vincent was the highest paid actor on network television, pulling in $200,000 per episode.

After a stint in the California Army National Guard, Vincent made his acting debut in 1967.

Before Vincent's rise to stardom, he appeared in 1978's "Hooper" alongside Burt Reynolds, followed by "Hard Country" opposite Kim Basinger in 1981.

Vincent is survived by his third wife, Patricia, and by his daughter Amber.

In 2008, Vincent was in another auto crash and contracted an infection that led to his lower right leg being amputated.

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