Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was born in Denver, but moved to California and attended Hanford Elementary and Hanford High School. He graduated from Hanford High in 1963.
His best known role was Stringfellow Hawke in the 1984 television series “Airwolf,” where he played a test pilot who believed anyone he loved would die tragically. The character also refused to eat red meat or wear underwear. “Airwolf” was the name of the high-tech helicopter in the series, and the late Ernest Borgnine was Vincent’s co-star. At one point during the show’s run, Vincent was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, earning $200,000 per episode.
Jan-Michael Vincent also had roles in several movies, including “Baby Blue Marine” with Richard Gere, “The Mechanic” with Charles Bronson and “White Line Fever” with fellow local resident Slim Pickens.