CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Jan-Michael Vincent

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to announce that Jan-Michael Vincent passed away back on February 10th 2019 after suffering cardiac arrest while a patient at a North Carolina hospital The news has only recently been made public.

Known globally for his role as Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf, Vincent was at one time one of the highest paid actors on TV earning $250,000 a week but it is believed by many that his alcoholism, which had begun to have a serious impact on his work during Airwolf caused his decline. In later projects he would occasionally show up completely inebriated, unaware of the scene being shot and unable to say his lines; footage of which can be sadly found online.

Vincent made his debit in 1967’s The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk. This led to roles in Lassie, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The Survivors, The Persuaders!, and The Catcher.

In 1972, Vincent played Steve McKenna opposite Charles Bronson in the cult hit The Mechanic, and continued his career with roles in Police Story, Vigilante Force, and The Winds of War.

Following Airwolf, Vincent remained active with roles on the big and small screen including Renegade and Nash Bridges; in 1996 Vincent was involved in car crash resulting in a broken neck. The accident resulted in permanent damage to his voice as Paramedics had to insert a tube down his throat to get him breathing and the tube damaged one of his vocal cords. When asked about the accident he reflect “Y’know, I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t remember being in an accident.”

More misery followed on September 21st 2000, when Vincent was sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting that he violated his probation by being drunk in public three times between January and July 2000 and with his July 20, 2000 arrest for an altercation with his wife. He then enrolled in a live-in substance abuse treatment program, where he will returned after serving his jail term. Tragedy struck again in 2012 when Vincent nearly died from an infection that required his right leg to be amputated. He noted in 2014 that he was “lucky to be alive” and was now living out his days as a recovering alcoholic.

As tragic as his career became, Vincent still inspired a generation of wannabe helicopter pilots who still watch Airwolf  through all its reruns (not Airwolf 2 though!).

 

Related Posts
What ever happened to Bill and Ted’s Excellent History Presentation?

Back in 1989 two dudes known as Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) - together they were known as Wyld Stalyns -  needed to Read more

Tony Burton passes away aged 78 years old

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that Tony Burton, aka Tony "Duke" Evers from the Rocky movies has passed away at the age of 78 years old. In the Read more

Tom “Tiny” Lister

Tom "Tiny" Lister (born Thomas Lister Jr.) was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on June 24th 1958. Lister was born blind with a detached and deformed retina in his right eye. When Lister Read more

The Blob to be remade (again!)

The 1958 Sci-Fi classic The Blob (featuring Steve McQueen) is being remade once more, this time by Simon West (Wild Cards, The Mechanic, Expendables 2), previously The Blob was remade Read more

Suzanna Leigh passes away aged 72

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that actress Suzanna Leigh has passed away at the age of 72 years old after a long battle with Stage 4 liver cancer. Read more

Rollerblade Warriors – Taken By Force (1988)

Rollerblade Warriors - Taken By Force is the sequel to Roller Blade. This time we follow Sister Karin Crosse (Kathleen Kinmount - Renegade, Silk Stalkings, Nightforce, Halloween 4: The Return Read more

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman – A character actor’s character actor Richard Erdman was born on June 1st 1925, he was an actor and director and was considered a successful character actor with Read more

Reni Santoni

Reni Santoni was born on April 21st 1939 in New York City. Growing up he briefly played professional baseball and originally planned on being a sports journalist but then began Read more

Renegade

He was a cop, and good at his job. But he committed the ultimate sin—and testified against other cops gone bad. Cops that tried to kill him, but got the Read more

Peter Vaughan

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that Peter Vaughan has passed away at the age of 93 years old. The news was broken by his agent Sally Long-Innes, Read more

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew - Farewell to the First Wookie When I was just 8 years old, my Dad took me to see a little-known film called Star Wars.  I was mesmerised Read more

Paul Darrow

Paul Darrow was a British actor best known for his role as Kerr Avon in the British Sci-Fi series Blake’s 7. Born Paul Valentine Birkby on May 2nd 1941 Darrow Read more

Nadja Regin

Nadja Regin – From Serbia With Love Nadja Regin appeared in two Bond films, From Russia With Love as the lonely girlfriend of MI6 station boss Ali Kerim Bey and Read more

Morgan Woodward

Thomas Morgan Woodward was born on 16th September 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, and grew up in Arlington, Texas, graduating from high school in 1944. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbRpdVD7Y-M Woodward was a Read more

Michael Preston

Michael Preston (birth name: Jack Davies) was born on 14th May 1938  in Hackney, London, England. Initially he trained as a boxer but later embarked on a successful singing career Read more

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Ross Pellegrino was born on April 9th 1965 in Los Angeles, California, United States. In 1987 he hit the big and small screens as a punk in L.A. Law and Death Read more

Larry DiTillio

We remember Larry DiTillio - The Fan-Boys' Writer Born Lawrence G DiTillio on 15th February, 1948, little is known of his upbringing but it wasn’t until in to his 20’s Read more

Keye Luke

Keye Luke was born in Guangzhou, China on June 18th 1904, to a father who owned an art shop. Luke grew up with four siblings (his younger brother Edwin Luke also Read more

Judy Geeson

Judy Geeson was Born in Arundel, Sussex, on 10th September 1948. At the age of ten years old her family moved to London and soon enrolled Judy and sister Sally Read more

John Quarmby

John Quarmby – The Health Inspector Will See You Now Basil John Quarmby was an understated actor but was most famous for his role as Mr Carnegie, the Health Inspector Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: