Jan-Michael Vincent

Actor
With his blond, surfer-boy looks, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined to be a leading man, but with his tough demeanor and bad-boy eyes, he usually essayed men with an edge, misunderstood except by the women who love ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1944 in Denver, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Hollywood Don't Surf! 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Buffalo '66 1998 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Bodycount 1995 (Movie)

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Red Line 1995 (Movie)

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Vital Orbit 1995 (Movie)

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The Ice Cream Man 1994 (Movie)

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Deadly Heroes 1993 (Movie)

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Hidden Obsession 1993 (Movie)

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Beyond the Call of Duty 1992 (Movie)

US Army Commander Len Jordan (Actor)

Indecent Behavior 1992 (Movie)

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Midnight Witness 1992 (Movie)

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Sins of Desire 1992 (Movie)

Barry's Partner (Actor)

Animal Instincts 1991 (Movie)

Fletcher Ross (Actor)

Hangfire 1991 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Haunting Fear 1991 (Movie)

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In Gold We Trust 1991 (Movie)

Oliver Moss (Actor)

Raw Nerve 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ellis (Actor)

Demonstone 1990 (Movie)

Andrew Buck (Actor)

Xtro 2: The Second Encounter 1990 (Movie)

Dr Ron Sheperd (Actor)

Alienator 1989 (Movie)

Commander (Actor)

Hit List 1989 (Movie)

Jack Collins (Actor)

Deadly Embrace 1988 (Movie)

Stewart Morland (Actor)

Dirty Games 1988 (Movie)

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Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

McCalister (Actor)

Enemy Territory 1987 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

Cheech and Chong Get Out of My Room 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Airwolf 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Plane Out 1982 (Movie)

Jack Cox (Actor)

Hard Country 1981 (Movie)

Kyle Richardson (Actor)

Defiance 1980 (Movie)

Tommy Gamble (Actor)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

Matt Johnson (Actor)

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

Ski (Actor)

Damnation Alley 1977 (Movie)

Tanner (Actor)

Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

Marion Hedgepeth (Actor)

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of the Hawk 1976 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Vigilante Force 1976 (Movie)

Ben Arnold (Actor)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

Carrol Jo Hummer (Actor)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Carbo (Actor)

Deliver Us From Evil 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Buster and Billie 1973 (Movie)

Buster Lane (Actor)

The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 (Movie)

Nanu (Actor)

The Mechanic 1971 (Movie)

Steve McKenna (Actor)

Tribes 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Home 1970 (Movie)

Jimmy Graham (Actor)

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Survivors 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Undefeated 1969 (Movie)

Wilkes (Actor)

Journey to Shiloh 1968 (Movie)

Little Bit Lucket (Actor)

Sandcastles (TV Show)

Actor

Six Against the Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Tarzan in Manhattan (TV Show)

Actor

The Catcher (TV Show)

Actor

Tribes (Movie)

Adrian (Actor)

Biography

With his blond, surfer-boy looks, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined to be a leading man, but with his tough demeanor and bad-boy eyes, he usually essayed men with an edge, misunderstood except by the women who love them. In real life, Vincent has lived up to his image, combining substance abuse and arrests for abusing his female companions to bring down a career that had begun with promise.

Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in central California, Vincent began acting in films in 1967 with the Mexican "Los Bandidos" and found steady employment in American TV on episodic shows such as "Dragnet" and in children's series like "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour". In 1968, he was one of the young men from Texas itching for a fight in the Civil War in "Journey to Shiloh", his first American feature. In 1970, Vincent made his first TV-movie, the acclaimed "Tribes" (ABC), in he played a longhaired hippie being whipped into a marine. That film not only made Vincent's career, it was subsequently released theatrically overseas. The following year, Vincent was Robert Mitchum's son in "Going Home" and he co-starred with Charles Bronson in "The Mechanic" (1972). He brought Disney's live-action division back to some stability with the comedy "The World's Greatest Athlete" (1973) and firmed his position as one of the leading young actors of the decade with "Baby Blue Marine" (1976), as a corps dropout mistaken for a hero by his hometown. Vincent played opposite Kim Basinger in "Defiance" (1981), but by the early 80s changing tastes, plus Vincent's already emerging penchant for substances and trouble, had hurt his film career.

TV saved the day. Vincent was again cast as Mitchum's son, this time as Byron Henry in "The Winds of War", the ambitious 1983 ABC miniseries based on the Herman Wouk novel. Although both Vincent and his love interest in the piece, Ali MacGraw, where too old for their parts, their devil-may-care attitude as they dashed through Poland on the eve of World War II and were married and separated by the events of the world helped make the miniseries a success. Vincent had first appeared as a regular in a primetime series on the short-lived "The Survivors" (ABC, 1969), as Lana Turner's teenaged son. In 1984, CBS made him a series star with "Airwolf", in which Vincent was operating a state-of-the-art helicopter while doing good deeds and searching for his missing brother. The show lasted until the end of the 1986 season; its demise partly was due to the star's cocaine abuse.

After a period of rehabilitation, Vincent returned to TV-movies as one of the "Six Against the Rock" (NBC, 1987), trying to break out of Alcatraz and as Brightmore, who finds Tarzan and brings him across the Atlantic in "Tarzan in Manhattan" (CBS, 1988). But further personal problems haunted Vincent. He was again in the news for substance abuse and allegedly beating his female companion. While his feature film output continued, it was in decidedly low-budget productions, such as "Deadly Avenger" (1992) and the terrorizing "Ice Cream Man" (1995).

Relationships

Doris Vincent

Mother

Lisa Chiafullo

Companion
together September 1994 to March 1995 won a $400,000 judgment against Vincent, claiming he kicked her in the stomach causing her to miscarry born c. 1962

Bonnie Portman

Wife
married in 1974

Joanne Robinson

Wife
met May 30, 1975 separated in 1994

Karen Thompson

Companion
childhood friend together romantically since c. 1995

Lloyd Vincent

Father

Amber Vincent

Daughter
born c. 1975 mother, Bonnie Portman

Nicole Wallace

Companion
dating as of summer 1996

EDUCATION

Ventura City College

Ventura , California
droppped out in his sophomore year; met first wife while attending college

Milestones

1995

Co-starred in low budget "The Ice Cream Man"

1984

Arrested three times for assualt and distrubing the peace

1983

Received probation for driving under the influence

1983

Played Byron Henry in miniseries "The Winds of War" (ABC)

1976

Starred in "Baby Blue Marine"

1969

Made TV-movie debut, "Tribes"

1968

Co-starred in TV series "The Survivors"; changed billing to Jan-Michael Vincent

1968

Made U.S. film debut, "Journey to Shiloh"

1967

Made feature film debut in "Los Bandidos" (Mexico)

1966

Moved to Hollywood to pursue acting career

Served a tour of duty in US Army in Vietnam

Billed as Michel Vincent, began making guest appearances on TV series like "Lassie"

Reportedly left home after graduating high school because he refused to join his family's billboard company

Starred in CBS TV series "Airwolf"

Briefly moved to Mexico after dropping out of college

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list Boulder, Colorado as Vincent's birthplace.

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Vincent was first arrested and pleaded gulity to drunk driving in 1983.

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"I always said I'd do it [drinking] 'til I was done. And I was done." --Jan-Michael Vincent

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Vincent broke his neck in an automobile incident in August 1996.

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On September 21, 2000, Vincent was sentenced to jail for parole violations.

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