Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent, actor

Jan-Michael Vincent, star of the 1980’s action series “Airwolf” has died.

He was a 1963 graduate of Hanford High School.

The actor actually died last month of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in North Carolina, though it wasn’t widely reported until TMZ picked up the story (which included the death certificate) Friday.

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.

He was also in films (the 1978 surf film “Big Wednesday” and the action comedy “Hooper” alongside Burt Reynolds) and classic television shows like “Bonanza.”

The millenial set might know the name from a spot on the cartoon “Rick and Morty.”

Vincent was born in Denver but his family moved to Hanford.

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