JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT: The Tragic Downfall of 80’s Heartthrob

Published on November 6, 2014

This is shocking and sad.

Once the highest paid actor on TV, Jan-Michael Vincent now lives out his days as a recovering alcoholic who almost died two years ago after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated.

In the mid-80s, Vincent earned $200,000 an episode as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in the top rated television series Airwolf.

Yet even while filming the TV show, Vincent had admitted to issues with drugs and alcohol and admits that he still struggles with alcoholism.

When the show ended in 1986, acting roles dried up for Vincent as his demons got the better of him.

He also suffered his fair share of bad luck including two serious car accidents.

In the first incident in 1996, Vincent broke three vertebrae in his neck and sustained a permanent injury to his vocal cords that left him with a permanently raspy voice.

Read more: Daily Mail

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