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Real Name: Jan Michael Vincent
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Category: Show Biz
Submitted By: stuntpope
Posted Date: March 12, 2002
Last Updated: October 13, 2011
 
 
Claim to fame: He was quite a rising star, Airwolf 1984 movie and subsequent television series, The Mechanic, opposite Charles Bronson, Buster and Billie, Baby Blue Marine, many more too numerous to mention here
 
 
Where are they now? He's had his problems with drugs and alcohol, he was involved in a car accident in 1996 "resulting in a broken neck" (whose, I do not know), pleaded not guilty to DWI for that accident a year later. Spent 60 days in jail in 2000 for violating probation by being drunk in public. Arrested July, 2000 for battering his fiancee. The person who originally sent me this one said he was working as a security guard in Texas. Thanks to some due dilligence by readers Steve and Pam Albright, who went so far as to search a Texas database and found the security guard had his birthday March/3/1980 while our JMV seems to have been born July 15/1944. So that is officially considered debunked. The last thing he appears in is a movie called Whiteboy, directed by Abel Ferrara in 2002, in it he plays a racist sheriff. There is also an official JMV website which is currently inactive. Update: Mar, 2004: Reader Libby Hess reported some time ago that he is now living in Redwood, Mississippi, where he was admitted to River Region Medical Center in late 2002 and was seen by locals in a wheelchair, accompanied by a woman companion who attracts attention because of her "strange wardrobe". The locals pretty well leave him alone and wish him well.
 
 
 
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August 25, 2008 5:53 PM (GMT) - Kate said:
 
Jan Michael Vincent was apparently involved in a single car accident in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was taken to River Region Medical Center for treatment.
 
October 19, 2008 12:31 AM (GMT) - epo said:
 
does Jan Michael Vincent have a son that is an actor?
 
March 30, 2009 4:37 PM (GMT) - Hawk said:
 
Mr. Vincent seems to be getting along fairly well, as well as he was last year (2008) anyway. He's seen around Wal-Mart and other places around Vicksburg, but not very often. I will say that he looks better than he did on that TV interview he did several years ago. Today (Mon. March 30, 2009) I saw him and his female companion getting in their black conv. Benz. I don't believe he drives much anymore. One more thing...he always wears a jacket or coat of some kind.
 
May 30, 2009 1:47 AM (GMT) - LOUIS said:
 
THIS IS NOT A SIGHTING BUT YOU LEFT OUT ONE OF HIS MOST FABULOUS ROLES
WHICH WAS WITH ALLIE MACGRAW IN "THE WINDS OF WAR" MINI SERIES ON TV
STARRING ROBERT MITCHUM IN WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PRIZE WINNING ROLE AS
THE FABULOUS NAVY COMMANDER. IT WAS ONE OF THE DEEPEST ROLES HE EVER
PLAYED, SPEAKING RUSSION, ETC. LIKE A PRO. I WILL COME BACK LATER TO
SEE IF WHAT PRIZES THE SERIES WON. IT WAS INCREDIBLE AND SHOWED
VINCENT AS A GREAT ACTOR, MORE'S THE PITY.
 
August 27, 2009 12:21 AM (GMT) - worked at the place said:
 
It was his own neck that he broke. I believe he hit a pole while driving.
 
September 12, 2009 6:21 PM (GMT) - Ms. Mike said:
 
As for him being in Mississippi in 2002, that is completely possible. In 2002/2003 I was working in a corner deli in New Orleans and he and his "wife" were regular customers. They lived around the corner on Chartres St. and we became friendly with them. He was severly alcoholic and pretty much incoherent most of the time. One night his "wife" called my house at 2 am and asked my boyfriend to come over and help her get him up out of the street and into the house. He had passed out in the gutter in front of his house and had to be carried inside. His "wife" calls herself Anna, but I do not believe that is her real name. His health is extremely poor and I would actually be surprised if he is not institutionalized at this point.
 
September 25, 2009 1:50 AM (GMT) - eagle1 said:
 
There is a current picture of Jan and Anna at janmichaelvincent.org They both look good together. And he looks better then he has in a long time.
 
October 7, 2010 10:14 AM (GMT) - guyincourtenay said:
 
His last movie role was in the independent film White Boy, also titled Menace (for the US video version), released in March 2002.
In an interview on the TV program The Insider on September 18, 2007, when asked about the 1996 car accident, he answered, "Y'know, I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't remember being in an accident." He later discussed being an alcoholic.
As of 2008, Vincent resides in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
 
June 8, 2011 1:09 AM (GMT) - KGEE said:
 
That website you posted was nice. Vicksburg, MS looks like it offers a lot of solitude. Well, I have Airwolf S. 1,2,3 on DVD, and lots and lots of us "Xers" and others still remember Airwolf, Knight Rider, Vice, and A-Team as the best shows of the time. Take care, Jan Michael.
 
June 20, 2011 9:47 PM (GMT) - wjmups said:
 
I've met with and talked to JMV several times in Vicksburg. He is a really cool dude and maintains his wit. His wife is one of the nicest people I know in Vicksburg. He's living a great life full of love and memories.
 
September 5, 2011 11:33 AM (GMT) - Beeper Bill said:
 
He is said to be living on Eagle Lake, which is near Redwood. Lots of solitude there. Vicksburg just happens to be the closest town with significant retail stores, like Walmart, Belk, Dillards, JCPenny (very small version) and a few other locals.
 
August 16, 2012 9:57 PM (GMT) - Kenneth Williams said:
 
Jan we miss you and thinking about you and wish you well in the years
ahead.. I have you in movies called Damnation Alley,White line fever, &
Hooper.. I will keep them in my collection for a long time...
You were a very great actor in your early years and good lookin too..
 
August 27, 2012 5:19 PM (GMT) - Jake said:
 
I am familiar with many of Jan's acting gems. I pray he takes life "one day at a time" and cherish his peaceful times. I happened to have graduated from high school the same year Jan did (1963). Our high schools were only a few miles apart, (Visalia, California). We are, in a sense, Regional Brothers. A friend, Jake
 
September 6, 2012 10:48 PM (GMT) - D.A.F. said:
 
Settle a long standing arguement "PLEASE"

Did Jan Micheal Vincent or did he not play the part of the Confederate soldier that kills James Stewarts son in the movie Shenendoah
 
September 26, 2012 1:41 AM (GMT) - Mike said:
 
I have seen him here in South Orange County, CA hanging around Albertsons supermarket.
 
September 26, 2012 10:59 AM (GMT) - CB said:
 
> Hey, your CAPS buttons seems to be broken and it's very irritatiing.
 
November 7, 2012 9:30 AM (GMT) - deborah said:
 
> JMV did not have a role in the Jimmy Stewart film Shenandoah - verifiable source IMBD which lists the FULL cast AND crew (even those who did not receive credit) unfortunately I don't know which actor DID kill his son - never watched the flick.
 
December 1, 2012 4:00 AM (GMT) - Shannon said:
 
My brothers and I loved watching air wolf when we were little, and now my I enjoy watching it again with my 4year old son! It's his favorite show right now lol! I hope JMV is doing well.
 
October 3, 2013 8:07 AM (GMT) - sharonlee said:
 
Just watched "Journey to Shiloh" what a good movie. Noticed that Jan was listed as Michael Vincent in the movie credit. Thanks.
 
October 8, 2013 2:22 AM (GMT) - Lynn said:
 
I saw him on a Bonanza rerun the other day, then was watching H2 tonight and lo and behold Airwolf is on! I never knew of him before Airwolf. I wasn't a movie buff until the late 80s, after I had four kids. I wish I had paid closer attention when I was younger!
 
October 8, 2013 4:46 PM (GMT) - Diane said:
 
I'm sitting here right now watching an episode of Marcus Welby M.D.. Jan plays a 17 year old alcoholic ! I couldn't believe it..
 
October 14, 2013 7:26 PM (GMT) - Susan said:
 
Does he live in California or Mississippi?
 
October 18, 2013 1:18 AM (GMT) - Guy said:
 
My dad and I met JMV back in the '80's at the marina in Oxnard, Ca. He arrived in a convertible, some kind of Chrysler product. He came flying into the parking lot with some friends and made a screeching stop with the car across a couple parking spots. They jumped out and went down to a sailboat when they closed the door (companion way). Later, they opened it and sat around while the "smoke" cleared (you can guess it's source). Later, my Dad and I walked up to the restroom. It takes a card key to get in and JMV was just standing there...My Dad made a comment about being in a lot of hurt if he had to go bad (abbreviated and sanitized for public use). He just chucked and followed us in. He soon left and we didn't see him any longer. I think is was some time later that we heard about the fight in a western bar, etc.
 
November 20, 2013 12:04 AM (GMT) - Dixie said:
 
Love watchin him & listening to him talk even now at his age. Hope he knows alot of us love him & his work. Its on my bucket list to meet him, but probably won't happen.....oh well a girl can always hope. :-)
 
December 31, 2013 7:43 PM (GMT) - Marilyn said:
 
Watching him playing Travis Colter on an episode of Gunsmoke.
 
February 16, 2014 10:17 AM (GMT) - Kathy in Dallas said:
 
I watched the Winds of War in early eighties...and was deeply affected by the story, and particularly the performance of Jan Michael Vincent.....Now after rotator cuff surgery, I am spending nights watching it again....and pray that at this stage of his life he has the peace that he has so obviously been looking for.
 
March 1, 2014 6:21 AM (GMT) - Charlatans in Mississippi said:
 
Jan-Michael's left leg has been amputated. He lives in Mississippi, and has for the past several years. I've seen him at the hospital. He was in Kroger tonight. You would not recognize him. Find him on Facebook at "Jan-Michael Vincent" and look at his picture. That really is him. Today, he still has the same hair style only darker and he is much thinner than he appears in the FI picture.
 
March 1, 2014 6:24 AM (GMT) - Charla in Mississippi. said:
 
I'm not a Charlatan. I'm a Charla. Every word I wrote about Jan-Michael is true.
 
March 1, 2014 6:31 AM (GMT) - Charla in Mississippi. said:
 
I'm not a Charlatan. I'm a Charla. Every word I wrote about Jan-Michael is true.
 
March 10, 2014 1:56 AM (GMT) - Anna said:
 
We want everyone who truly cares about my husband to understand that he has always dealt with issues of health. It goes back to childhood. We have worked with some of the greatest specialists in the world to find a cure for epilepsy. Jan has suffered from this since he was very young. It has been falsely reported about his condition and the truly fine human being he is. I hope that one day he will be on the screen because he loves acting.

Every word that is written is not true. Jan is very bright, spiritual, meditates and yes he is very private as am I. He also has that great Cherokee heritage and is beyond handsome. Rest assured this man, my husband, is the greatest man I have ever known.

There is not a lot written about me but I was merv griffin's executive assistant for almost a decade. A part of my responsibility with his enterprises was confidentiality.

We are working on a collection of songs we have been writing and are planning on releasing them soon.

With a handshake in thought,

Anna
 
March 24, 2014 2:34 AM (GMT) - Daniela (Argentina) said:
 
Anna, nice to meet you. I need to contact you.
Please if you see my messagge, could you write me. Lopez_daniela@hotmail.com
I hope you can to communicate with me. It would be my dream.

Thanks.
 
March 28, 2014 7:08 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
It has been sad..we have laid my mother to rest after seven years of altzeimers. We return and as usual I find someone who makes us feel like we have very true friends.
 
March 28, 2014 8:01 PM (GMT) - Annavincent said:
 
We went home and
 
March 28, 2014 10:05 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
We do have a message... We believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that our soul goes on. The message has been searched over the ages and is found in the scriptures in our great spiritual leaders....be silent ...and know god...god is within meditation is the greatest respect for the vien of truth. As has been taught be silent and know god. God is within, Jesus was the greatest teacher ... It's a shame...hopefully someday when I leave I will be honored to meet him. I have often wondered why I was with born with the name christ...the annointed one." I believe in meditation...if we silence our minds there is a vein that flows through our being but it takes time. I have been meditating for over 40 years I studied with the monks at the lank shrine and sang in the choir . Jesus said be silent and know god...god is within. Silence your thoughts
 
March 30, 2014 3:11 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
I think I have been emotional and missing my mother. In trying to understand why we have to go through losing our precious family and friends there is so much that in this lifetime we may never know whether it be science, logic, philosophy....religion or very simply love...caring for one another. I do believe that science has gone above and should be greatly commended for it's accomplishments
 
March 30, 2014 6:10 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
My older brother went to Vietnam. It was in the late sixties. Everything in our life stopped. Every single moment hung on the marines. There.was not a ray that was wasted. They didn't see sunshine.

For a long time
We didn't now whether
He lived or died but he was on okinaw
 
March 30, 2014 7:31 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
After years we had sent so many care packages to Vietnam that we became known that no matter what my brother would find those packages and make sure that those boys got food from home, messages. My mother was instrumental in that. When my brother came home from Okinawa we had to park and hide in shreveport and we were spit upon
 
March 30, 2014 7:57 PM (GMT) - Anna vincrnt said:
 
We were unprepared for what was going to happen....my father said we should park the car in the covered parking and walk over. They were waiting...they knew he was a marine , they were waiting with their posters and their treating and mistreating of my brother who was a hero in vietnom
 
March 30, 2014 8:33 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
Through all those years my brother was in Vietnam I wondered,why is war an answer

I wonder why my first Knowledgevv
 
March 30, 2014 10:09 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
Jan said I should not have trusted...now people are calling my family, using our name and treating us .... Now you know why we are so silent. I thought we would be respected....jan said I told you....no one really cares, anna
 
March 31, 2014 11:08 AM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
You have certainly upset my family. I don't know who you are danielle but I have found out that you have a phone number in bossier city. The fact that you would continue to stalk us and not respect my mother...the next time you try to contact us you need to understand that we work with top security and that includes the FBI

Anna
 
March 31, 2014 9:25 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
I have spoken to my brother in law who is a retired deputy sheriff in bossier and it would be easy for you to use your cell phone to establish a number however you crossed state lines and that makes it a matter with the federal bureau of investigation.
 
April 2, 2014 11:05 PM (GMT) - rainforest woman said:
 
ANNA,
CAN YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR "HUSBAND" TO SEEK TREATMENT FOR HIS ALCOHOLISM? Good Luck to you both.
 
April 8, 2014 2:12 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
You cut us when we we were trying to describe what it feels like to be stalked...who are you. Anna
 
April 8, 2014 2:21 PM (GMT) - Anna vincent said:
 
You need to identify who are to jan and I.
 
April 11, 2014 1:27 PM (GMT) - Anna and jan said:
 
If there is one thing we have figured out on this website ...don't make a mistake by trusting people you really do not know...anna and I do not have an website nor are we on twitter or Facebook...everything that you are reading using my hame is a lie

Jan michael vincent
 
 
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