Last Updated: November 29, 2023
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Net Worth:
$200 Thousand
Jul 15, 1944 - Feb 10, 2019 (74 years old)
5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
United States of America
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What was Jan-Michael Vincent's Net Worth and Salary?

Jan-Michael Vincent was an American actor who had a net worth of $200 thousand at the time of his death in 2019. Jan-Michael Vincent was best known for playing the role of helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the 1980s television series "Airwolf" (1984–1986), and as the protagonist of John Milius' 1978 surfing epic "Big Wednesday." His rugged good looks and natural charm made him a popular choice for action and drama roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Despite experiencing career turbulence due to personal struggles, Vincent remained a memorable icon in Hollywood history. He died on February 10, 2019 at the age of 74.

Highest Paid Actor/Airwolf Salary

At the peak of Airwolf, Jan-Michael earned $250,000 per episode which is the same as around $500,000 per episode after adjusting for inflation. That made him by far the highest paid actor in television.

Early Life and Discovery

Born on July 15, 1944, in Denver, Colorado, Vincent grew up with a deep interest in acting. He came into the limelight in the late 1960s after being discovered by a talent scout while studying at Ventura College in California. His film debut was in the 1967 movie, "The Bandits," which paved the way for his successful acting career.

Rise to Stardom

In the early 1970s, Vincent began gaining fame for his roles in both television and film. His breakout role came in 1971 when he starred in the surfing movie "Big Wednesday," directed by John Milius. His portrayal of a California surfer boy during the Vietnam War era was highly praised and solidified his place as an up-and-coming Hollywood actor.

His career took a significant turn in 1984 when he was cast as Stringfellow Hawke in "Airwolf," a high-tech helicopter-based action series. The show gained a cult following and catapulted Vincent to stardom, making him one of the highest-paid actors in television at that time.


Personal Struggles and Career Decline

In the '80s and '90s Jan-Michael Vincent's personal life was riddled with legal troubles and a battle with alcoholism. He was arrested for drunk driving. In 1984 he was arrested after two bar brawls. In 1985 he was hit with a felony assault charge. In 1986 he was hit with a $374,000 default judgment after a former girlfriend alleged he had physically assaulted her after their breakup and caused her to miscarry their child. In 1994 he was hit with a restraining order by second wife Joanne Robinson when she alleged that he abused her during their marriage. In 1996 he was charged again with drunk driving and was once again sentenced to rehab and placed on probation. He was charged with probation violation for appearing drunk in public three times and assaulting then-fiancée Patricia and sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Vincent's personal life was far from smooth. He struggled with substance abuse and legal troubles, leading to a gradual decline in his career. His issues began to overshadow his acting abilities, leading to a decrease in film and television roles. His last notable role was in the 1997 independent film "Buffalo '66," after which his acting career faded into obscurity.

Later Life and Legacy

In the later years of his life, Vincent faced multiple health issues, including a severe infection that resulted in the amputation of his right leg. He lived a secluded life, far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. He passed away on February 10, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of unforgettable performances.

Despite his personal struggles, Jan-Michael Vincent's raw talent and charisma remain etched in the annals of Hollywood. His portrayal of the fearless helicopter pilot in "Airwolf" and the classic surfer in "Big Wednesday" continues to inspire and entertain generations.

Jan-Michael Vincent Career Earnings

  • Airwolf
    $250 Thousand/week
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