Airwolf and Big Wednesday star Jan-Michael Vincent dies at age 73
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Actor Jan-Michael Vincent has died at the age of 73. According to Vincent's death certificate, the actor died as the result of cardiac arrest in Asheville, N.C., on Feb. 10.
Along with William Katt and Gary Busey, Vincent played one of the leads in director John Milius' 1978 coming-of-age film Big Wednesday and later starred in the CBS show Airwolf, which premiered in 1984 and concerned the crew of a high-tech helicopter.
Vincent's other notable credits included the 1971 drama Going Home, the 1977 science fiction film Damnation Alley, the following year's stuntmen-focused action-comedy Hooper — in which he starred alongside Burt Reynolds — and the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War. Vincent was twice nominated for Golden Globes, earning recognition for his performances in Going Home and The Winds of War.
Vincent struggled with addiction issues and in 2012 contracted a leg infection which ultimately resulted in the actor having the lower half of his right leg amputated. His last onscreen appearance was in the 2002 thriller White Boy.