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      Jan-Michael Vincent

      Jan-Michael Vincent

      Highest Rated: 77% Buffalo 66 (1998)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Vigilante Force (1976)

      Birthday: Jul 15, 1944

      Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

      With his blond, surfer-boy looks, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined to be a leading man, but with his tough demeanor and bad-boy eyes, he usually essayed men with an edge, misunderstood except by the women who love them. In real life, Vincent lived up to that bad-boy image, combining substance abuse and arrests for abusing his female companions to bring down a career that had begun with promise. Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in central California, Vincent began acting in films in 1967 with the Mexican "Los Bandidos" and found steady employment in American TV on episodic shows such as "Dragnet" and in children's series like "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour." In 1968, he was one of the young men from Texas itching for a fight in the Civil War in "Journey to Shiloh," his first American feature. In 1970, Vincent made his first TV-movie, the acclaimed "Tribes" (ABC), in he played a longhaired hippie being whipped into a marine. That film not only made Vincent's career, it was subsequently released theatrically overseas. The following year, Vincent was Robert Mitchum's son in "Going Home" and he co-starred with Charles Bronson in "The Mechanic" (1972). He brought Disney's live-action division back to some stability with the comedy "The World's Greatest Athlete" (1973) and firmed his position as one of the leading young actors of the decade with "Baby Blue Marine" (1976), as a corps dropout mistaken for a hero by his hometown. Vincent played opposite Kim Basinger in "Defiance" (1981), but by the early 80s changing tastes, plus Vincent's already emerging penchant for substances and trouble, had hurt his film career. TV saved the day. Vincent was again cast as Mitchum's son, this time as Byron Henry in "The Winds of War," the ambitious 1983 ABC miniseries based on the Herman Wouk novel. Although both Vincent and his love interest in the piece, Ali MacGraw, where too old for their parts, their devil-may-care attitude as they dashed through Poland on the eve of World War II and were married and separated by the events of the world helped make the miniseries a success. Vincent had first appeared as a regular in a primetime series on the short-lived "The Survivors" (ABC, 1969), as Lana Turner's teenaged son. In 1984, CBS made him a series star with "Airwolf," in which Vincent was operating a state-of-the-art helicopter while doing good deeds and searching for his missing brother. The show lasted until the end of the 1986 season; its demise partly was due to the star's cocaine abuse. After a period of rehabilitation, Vincent returned to TV-movies as one of the "Six Against the Rock" (NBC, 1987), trying to break out of Alcatraz and as Brightmore, who finds Tarzan and brings him across the Atlantic in "Tarzan in Manhattan" (CBS, 1988). But further personal problems haunted Vincent. He was again in the news for substance abuse and allegedly beating his female companion. While his feature film output continued, it was in decidedly low-budget productions, such as "Deadly Avenger" (1992) and the terrorizing "Ice Cream Man" (1995). Despite one last high profile role in Vincent Gallo's well-received indie comedy-drama "Buffalo '66" (1998), even Vincent's low-budget roles dried up in the early 2000s, his final credit coming in 2003's "White Boy." Jan-Michael Vincent died in Asheville, North Carolina on February 10, 2019. He was 73.

      Highest rated movies

      Buffalo 66
      Bite the Bullet
      Chop Suey
      Big Wednesday
      Hooper
      Damnation Alley
      The Undefeated
      Born in East L.A.

      Photos

      HIT LIST, Jan Michael Vincent, 1988 WHITE LINE FEVER, Jan Michael VIncent, 1975

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jan-Michael Vincent is My Muse Self - 2002
      No Score Yet 17% White Boy Ron Masters (Character) - 2002
      71% 50% Chop Suey Unknown (Character) $179.9K 2001
      No Score Yet 62% Escape to Grizzly Mountain Trapper (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Rest for the Wicked Sheriff Juan Ramirez (Character) - 1998
      77% 88% Buffalo 66 Sonny (Character) $2.4M 1998
      No Score Yet 58% Red Line Keller (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Body Count Detective Reinhart (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Palace Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lethal Orbit Riff (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Kill Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jurassic Women Zepp (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 44% Ice Cream Man Det. Gifford (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abducted II: The Reunion Brad Allen (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Games Kepler West (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Heroes Cody Grant (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 25% Indecent Behavior Tom Mathis (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 60% Hidden Obsession Ben Scanlon (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 14% Animal Instincts Fletcher Ross (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Witness Lance (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Gold We Trust Oliver Moss (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of Desire Warren Robillard (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 40% Beyond the Call of Duty Len Jordan (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 40% Hangfire Colonel Johnson (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 0% Xtro II: The Second Encounter Dr. Ron Shepherd (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Raw Nerve Lt. Bruce Ellis (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 50% The Divine Enforcer Father Thomas (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Avenger Father Thomas (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Final Heist David King (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 40% Haunting Fear Detective James Trent (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 14% Tarzan in Manhattan Brightmore (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Embrace Stewart Moreland (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 8% Alienator Commander (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Demonstone Andy Buck (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 11% Hit List Jack Collins (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 73% Enemy Territory Parker (Character) - 1987
      40% 61% Born in East L.A. McCalister (Character) $14.5M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Miran "Buddy" Thompson (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 100% Airwolf Stringfellow Hawke (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Plane Out Jack Cox (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 27% Hard Country Kyle (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 0% The Return Wayne (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 52% Defiance Tommy (Character) - 1979
      67% 87% Big Wednesday Matt Johnson (Character) - 1978
      57% 60% Hooper Ski (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Summer of Innocence Matt Johnson (Character) - 1978
      45% 34% Damnation Alley Tanner (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Blue Marine Marion (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 39% Shadow of the Hawk Mike (Character) - 1976
      17% 14% Vigilante Force Ben Arnold (Character) - 1976
      73% 54% Bite the Bullet Carbo (Character) - 1975
      29% 54% White Line Fever Carrol Jo Hummer (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 91% Buster and Billie Buster Lane (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deliver Us From Evil Nick Fleming (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 34% The World's Greatest Athlete Nanu (Character) - 1973
      40% 65% The Mechanic Steve McKenna (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sandcastles Michael (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catcher Sam Callende (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 31% Going Home Jimmy Graham (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Is Never Enough Kevin Colter (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Jeopardy Unknown (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 67% Tribes Adrian (Character) - 1970
      44% 66% The Undefeated Lt. Bubba Wilkes (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of the Powerseekers Unknown (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 17% Journey to Shiloh Little Bit Lucket (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bandits Taye "Boy" Brown (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Los bandidos Taye 'Boy' Brown (Character) - 1967

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Stringfellow Hawke (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1984-1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Warren Yates (Character) 1973 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Ritchie Manning (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Travis Colter (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Kevin Colter (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Chris Hanford (Guest Star) 1968