Jan-Michael Vincent (born July 15, 1944) is an American actor best-known for his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the 1980s U.S. television series Airwolf (1984–1986), which continues to enjoy a large cult fanbase. Vincent had an extensive television and film career that began in the late 1960s and lasted until the early 2000s.
Vincent was born in Denver, Colorado, to Doris and Lloyd Vincent. His family moved to Hanford, California, when Jan-Michael was in his teens. Vincent attended Ventura College in Southern California.
Vincent's first acting job was in the movie Los Bandidos, directed by and starring Robert Conrad, in 1964. His acting career took off in the late 1960s when casting agent Dick Clayton signed Vincent to Universal Studios, where he appeared on television in small roles such as "Dragnet 1968." In 1970, Vincent garnered critical praise for his role in the made for TV film "classic" known as Tribes, co-starring Darren McGavin, about a tough, Marine boot-camp drill instructor, that has to deal with a "hippie" draftee (portrayed by Jan-Michael), who won’t play by "the rules". He also appeared in the "Danger Island" segments on Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits series as Link. Vincent also made an appearance on the Dragnet 1968 episode, "The Grenade," as a muscular high school student who suffered an acid attack by a mentally unstable fellow classmate.