Jan-Michael Vincent is a retired American actor best known for his starring role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the action drama television series Airwolf, from 1984–1986.
Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in Tribes (1970), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) or as a man of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, 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, 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), Deadly Heroes (1993) and Lethal Orbit (1996).
Ongoing health issues and personal problems (including alcohol abuse and a car accident in 1996 in which he broke his neck) precluded his return to the screen.
Vincent will be 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).
Vincent has a daughter, Amber Vincent, from his marriage to first wife Bonnie Poorman. As of 2008, he resides in Vicksburg, Mississippi.