At the top of the list of former superstars with dwindling careers, we get to meet a certain Jan Michael Vincent who used to be the flavour of the early 1970s. Jan acted in several popular movies which made him a household name in the American entertainment industry but he was catapulted to superstardom with his roles in Airwolf, String Fellow, and Big Wednesday. The acclaimed American actor even had some prestigious nominations to his credit which include; Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
It came to pass that the superstar’s run-ins with the law, hard drugs and alcohol put a spoke in the wheels of his acting career, causing a sudden halt to his progress in the entertainment industry. Besides, his series of tragic road mishaps robbed him of his vocal cord and as a result of an amputated leg caused by an infection, he was left in seclusion at his Redwood City Ranch, located at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Background Information On Jan Michael Vincent
The American actor was born to Lloyd and Doris Vincent in Denver Colorado, in the United States of America on the 15th day of July 1944. Jan Michael Vincent grew-up with his only sibling Christopher Vincent but during his formative years, his family relocated to Hanford California where he and his brother Christopher spent a better part of their youth.
His early education was accomplished at the primary school in Hanford, he also enrolled in high school and graduated in 1963. After his high school graduation, Jan joined Ventura College North Carolina where he majored in Drama. The youngster was about concluding a stint in the National Guard when he caught the eye of a talent scout, subsequently, he realized his inborn talent in entertainment and commenced the pursuit of a career in acting.
He made his acting debut on the set of the movie titled The Bandits where he was portrayed as Brown in 1960, a quick succession of roles in television productions followed after that. He was present in productions like; The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The Survivors, Lassiel and Bonanza. His emergence as a young talent in the 1970s secured him some good roles in some high-profile television series and movies.
Jan’s undoing was his obsession with hard drugs and alcohol and also, there were numerous times he got into trouble with the law which made him spend weeks in jail. Driving under the influence of intoxicating substances got him into road accidents several times. He also lost the use of his vocal cord and was only able to make some raspy sounds when he wants to communicate. In fact, Jan defied the predictions of medical science which had already declared his case as medically hopeless and survived all the accidents.
Jan Michael Vincent has had a record of three marriages in his life. His first attempt at matrimony was with Bonnie Poorman whom he married in 1968. Although they called it quits in 1977, they share a daughter named Amber Vincent who is the only offspring of that relationship. Jan’s second marriage with Joanna Robinson can only be described as tumultuous. They got hitched in matrimony in 1986 and divorced in 1999 but before their divorce, Joanna already sought a restraining order against Jan with the allegations that she suffered a lot of physical abuse at his hands. Jan got married to his last wife Patricia Ann in 2000 and they remained together until his death.
Fans have always wondered about the net worth of Jan Michael Vincent who was one of the highest paid actors of the 1970s. Owing to the fact that his career fizzled out, Jan’s net worth has significantly dwindled over the years, especially since his life-wrecking accident. His obsession with alcohol and drugs did not help matters at all and having a series of problems with the law aided in diminishing the digits of his otherwise affluent wealth.
His last reviewed net worth was pegged at a paltry $200,000 by some reliable sources and it is very much unlikely to witness some growth since the dude has not only retired from his acting career but is also death. He even had a tax debt of $70,000 to settle with the authorities.
Although his death was made public on the 8th of March in 2019, Jan Michael Vincent actually passed on in February 2019, precisely on the 10th. Surprisingly, his cause of death has nothing to do with the dangerous life he lived – abusing hard substances and getting into accidents. Instead, the former movie star died as a result of a cardiac arrest at the age of 73. He was hospitalized at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus in Asheville, North Carolina at the time.