Airwolf press release from July 1984
Biography - Jan-Michael Vincent
July 1984

(Stringfellow Hawke in AIRWOLF)

Jan-Michael Vincent was born on July 15 in Denver, Colo., where his father, a U.S. Army pilot, was stationed. After his military duty, the elder Vincent took his family back to Hanford, Calif., where Jan-Michael grew up, attending both elementary and high school there.

Surfing held great attraction for him and he enrolled at Ventura City College to be near the ocean. Majoring in art, he attended three semesters before wanderlust took over and he opted for travel. He headed for the warm climate of a small village on the West Coast of Mexico, where fishing was the main occupation. He spent an idyllic six months there before returning home for military duty in the National Guard, receiving his basic training at Fort Ord in California before being sent to Fort Rucker in Alabama.

Completing his service tenure, Jan-Michael returned to California, specifically Hollywood, to try his hand at acting. His first professional job found him returning to Mexico to appear in a Robert Conrad film, "Bandido." In short order, he was offered a contract at Universal Studios. He was given a leading role in "Journey to Shiloh" and appeared in-a segment of "Dragnet." Seeking his release when roles weren't forthcoming, Jan-Michael appeared in three segments of "Lassie" and guest-starred in two episodes of "Bonanza," which led to a co-starring role in "The Undefeated." Following this, he returned to Universal to portray Lana Turner's son in the television series, "The Survivors."

A series of motion pictures-for-television followed, including "Tribes" and "The Catcher." During the latter filming, producer Herbert Leonard told the young actor he would keep his eyes open for the right motion picture for him. He kept his promise with the film, "Going Home," in which he appeared as Robert Mitchum's son. His performance brought him a Golden Globe nomination. Other films followed, including "The World's Greatest Athlete," "The Mechanic" with Charles Bronson, "Buster and Billie," "Bite the Bullet," "Baby Blue Marine," "Damnation Alley," "Big Wednesday" (in which he returned to his earlier love, surfing), "Hooper" with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, and "Defiance." On television, he was reunited with Robert Mitchum, again playing his son, in the mini-series, "The Winds of War."

In addition to being an expert surfer, Vincent is a country music devotee, an ace swimmer and a skilled race driver. The 5'11" actor weighs 165 pounds, has blue eyes and blond hair. He lives in Malibu, Calif., in a home built by himself and a handful of surfing buddies.
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