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

07/06/99. Santa Monica CA. Actor Jan Michael Vincent at home in Santa Monica

07/06/99. Santa Monica CA. Actor Jan Michael Vincent at home in Santa Monica

Vincent had fought a high-profile battle with substance abuse for many years, survived two serious auto wrecks, and in 2012 lost a leg to peripheral artery disease.

Vincent's career waned after his Airwolf heyday and he quit acting in 2009. His first film was the Robert Conrad movie The Bandits. In the 1970s, Vincent gained acclaim playing a hippie drafted intothe Vietnam War in the TV movie Tribes, and added some action movie acclaim to his resume by starring in The Mechanic alongside Charles Bronson.

But it is for his role as renegade helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf that Vincent will be most remembered. TV movie roles in projects like Sandcastles and Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete would only expand his range. The show, which ran from 1984 to 1986, earned him $40,000 per episode, making him the highest paid actor at the time.

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However, he suffered drug and alcohol problems while he was on the show, according to Variety.

Vincent and "Airwolf" co-star Jean Bruce Scott. He was ordered to pay $350,000 in 2000 after physically assaulting an ex-girlfriend and causing her to miscarry their child.

Vincent at Hilton Parsippany on April 21, 2017 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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