Jan-Michael Vincent, star of Airwolf, dies at 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, who starred in the TV series Airwolf and movies like The Mechanic, died on February 10 at the age of 74 in North Carolina, according to a death certificate obtained by KTLA.

According to CBS, the actor died of cardiac arrest.

Vincent's other credits including Tribes, White Line Fever and Baby Blue Marine. In 2002, he starred in the drama White Boy. Other films include Bite the Bullet and Big Wednesday.

Vincent was born on July 15, 1944, in Denver. He made his first appearance on screen in the 1967 TV film The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk. He was found by a talent scout because of his looks as he was finishing a tour of duty in the California Army National Guard, and then made his movie debut opposite Robert Conrad in The Bandits.

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Jan-Michael Vincent and Burt Reynolds smiling in a scene from the film 'Hooper', 1978. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends the opening of 'Beatlemania' on January 18, 1978 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends the opening of 'Beatlemania' on January 18, 1978 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, daughter and son attend First Annual Stuntman Awards on February 2, 1985 at KABC TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends Golden Boot Awards on July 28, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends 10th Annual Love Ride Benefit for Muscluar Dystrophy on November 7, 1993 at the Harley-Davidson of Glendale, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends Golden Boot Awards on August 21, 1993 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends Second Annual Stuntman Awards on March 22, 1986 at KTLA Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends First Annual Stuntman Awards on February 2, 1985 at KABC TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Wireimage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 2: Actors Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine attend First Annual Stuntman Awards on February 2, 1985 at KABC TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Wireimage)
372602 01: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Jan-Michael Vincent stands between his lawyer, left, and the prosecuting attorney at his probation violation hearing in Laguna Niguel, CA, July 11, 2000. The 55-year-old former star of the 1980's television show 'Airwolf' was arrested January 19 in a Santa Monica, CA park in the latest of several alcohol-related incidents. (Photo by David McNew /Newsmakers)
373498 01: 8/15/98 Los Angeles, Ca Jan Michael Vincent At The Golden Boot Awards. (Photo By David Keeler/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - circa 1995: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent at the Stuntman Awards. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
HOTEL - 'Undercurrents' - Airdate: November 19, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT
Catherine Hickland (ex-Mrs David Hasselhoff), with Jan-Michael Vincent from publicity shoot for AIRWOLF Season 3 premiere The Horn Of Plenty in August 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
VAN NUYS AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES CA, - MAY 6: Ernest Borgnine plays Dominic Santini in Airwolf with co star Jan Michael Vincent May 6, 1985 at Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles, California . ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 28: from left: Ernest Borgnine (as Dominic Santini), Jean Bruce Scott (as Caitlin O'Shannessy), Jan-Michael Vincent (as Stringfellow Hawke) and seated, Alex Cord (as Michael Archangel) in AIRWOLF 1985 Jean Bruce Scott (as Caitlin O'Shannessy) and Jan-Michael Vincent (as Stringfellow Hawke) on AIRWOLF. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 2: Chad Everett, guest and Jan-Michael Vincent attend First Annual Stuntman's Awards Show on February 2, 1985 at KABC TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1985: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1985: Photo of Jan-Michael Vincent Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - 'Into the Maelstrom' - Airdate: February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT (C)
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - 'The Storm Breaks' - Airdate: February 7, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT;ALI MACGRAW
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - Airdate: February 6 through 11 and February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT;ALI MACGRAW;ROBERT MITCHUM
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - Airdate: February 6 through 11 and February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT;ROBERT MITCHUM
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - Airdate: February 6 through 11 and February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT;ALI MACGRAW
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - Airdate: February 6 through 11 and February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT;ALI MACGRAW
THE WINDS OF WAR - TV Miniseries - Airdate: February 6 through 11 and February 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 1979: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent attends an event in in November 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actor Jan Michael Vincent, 1978. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.
CIRCA 1976: Actress Marilyn Hassett and actor Jan-Michael Vincent on set of the movie 'Shadow of the Hawk', circa 1976. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Unspecified - 1970: Jan-Michael Vincent and extras appearing in the ABC tv movie 'Tribes' (aka 'The Tribe), November 10, 1970. (Photo by ABC via Getty Images)
Unspecified - 1969: Jan-Michael Vincent promotional photo for the ABC series 'The Survivors'. (Photo by ABC via Getty Images)
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His career took off in the late 1960s when he was signed to Universal Studios by casting agent Dick Clayton. He also appeared on the Dragnet 1968 episode titled The Grenade and made an appearance in Hanna-Barbera's The Banana Splits series. He then had a starring role in the soap opera The Survivors opposite George Hamilton.

Vincent battled with alcohol and substance abuse, having been arrested for possession of cocaine and bar brawls various times. He also received an assault charge in 1986 of which he was acquitted, but was arrested for drunk driving and entered rehab in 1988. He was also involved in three car accidents which he barely survived and received severe injuries from, including permanent damage to his vocal cords and three broken vertebrae in his neck.

In 2000, he was forced to pay more than $350,000 as part of a default judgement made against him when his former girlfriend accused him of physical assault that caused her to miscarry their child. That same year, he was sentenced to 60 days in prison for violating his probation for previous alcohol-related arrests.

In 2014, he revealed that his right leg was amputated just below the knee in 2012 after he contracted a leg infection as a result of peripheral artery disease.

Vincent is survived by his wife and daughter.

- This article first appeared on The Wrap

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