Jan-michael Vincent


Actor, Actor
Jan-michael Vincent

About

Also Known As
Michael Vincent
Birth Place
Denver, Colorado, USA
Born
July 15, 1944

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 pro...

Family & Companions

Bonnie Portman
Wife
Married in 1974; separated in 1975.
Bonnie Portman
Wife
Married in 1974; separated in 1975.
Joanne Robinson
Wife
Met May 30, 1975; married; separated in 1994; filed for divorce in 1997; born c. 1958.
Joanne Robinson
Wife
Met May 30, 1975; married; separated in 1994; filed for divorce in 1997; born c. 1958.

Notes

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

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

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).

Life Events

1966

Moved to Hollywood to pursue acting career

1966

Moved to Hollywood to pursue acting career

1967

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

1967

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

1968

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

1968

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

1969

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

1969

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

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "Tribes"

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "Tribes"

1976

Starred in "Baby Blue Marine"

1976

Starred in "Baby Blue Marine"

1983

Received probation for driving under the influence

1983

Received probation for driving under the influence

1983

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

1983

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

1984

Arrested three times for assualt and distrubing the peace

1984

Arrested three times for assualt and distrubing the peace

1995

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

1995

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

Photo Collections

The World's Greatest Athlete - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete (1973). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Hooper (1978) -- (Movie Clip) Chariot Race Is Next! At a completely imaginary stunt-man’s benefit show in LA, Burt Reynolds as the title character is a big draw, Alfie Wise his buddy, Norm Grabowski as Hammerhead, and Jan-Michael Vincent flies in as “the Kid,” about whom there’s lots of buzz, with hero stunt man Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) -- (Movie Clip) We May Be In Trouble First an uncredited song (the singer’s sign-off maybe the inspiration for the Toby Keith hit?) then title character Burt Reynolds with his crew at an LA bar, his squeeze Sally Field, Brian Keith and later Jan-Michael Vincent, tangle with a gang led by Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw, the reigning Super Bowl MVP (with stunt stalwart Robert Tessier), in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) -- (Movie Clip) I Won't Do Any Acting After suiting up in the credits, star Burt Reynolds (the stunt-man title character Sonny) roars down to the set where Robert Klein is the director, Adam West plays himself as the star he’s doubling-for, and James Best his buddy Cully, with Burt pal and legendary stunt man Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Going Home (1971) -- (Movie Clip) He Had This Nervous Stomach One-time professional bowler Harry (Robert Mitchum), paroled after 14 years in prison for murdering his wife in a drunken rage, is now sort-of employing his son Jimmy (Jan-Michael Vincent), whom he’s hardly seen in the intervening years, working on the Jersey shore, looking for common ground, in Going Home, 1971.
Going Home (1971) -- (Movie Clip) Why Do I Prefer Crisco? Recently paroled Jersey-shore ex-con Harry (Robert Mitchum) seems stunned at the appearance of his long-estranged son Jimmy (Jan-Michael Vincent), whose mother he murdered while drunk, at his trailer park, so he lets neurotic girlfriend Jenny (Brenda Vaccaro) handle the hosting, in Going Home, 1971.
Going Home (1971) -- (Movie Clip) Going Back To Pro Bowling? Having tracked his father Harry (Robert Mitchum), a Korean War vet, who’s just been paroled after serving 14 years for murdering his mother (Sally Kirkland), from Pittsburgh to a New Jersey beach town, Jimmy (Jan-Michael Vincent) enters a flashback, in which he’s played by young Jason Bernard, in Going Home, 1971.
Going Home (1971) -- (Movie Clip) He's Been Out Since Last September Having learned that he’s not going to Vietnam, Pittsburgh-area youth Jimmy (Jan-Michael Vincent) decides to visit his father, Robert Mitchum, who’s been in prison for 13 years for killing his mother, their conversations, which may or may not have happened, running in his mind, in Going Home, 1971.
White LIne Fever (1975) -- (Movie Clip) My New Bucket Joining the credit sequence, director Jonathan Kaplan getting a big bite of Tucson scenery, Vietnam vet Carrol Jo (Jan-Michael Vincent) and wife Jerri (Kay Lenz) buy a rig with their bank loan and discuss their future, Homer Hanna the salesman, in White Line Fever, 1975, co-starring Slim Pickens and LQ. Jones.
White LIne Fever (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Improper Inflation Pulled over by deputy Bob (Ron Nix), Vietnam-vet Carrol Jo (Jan-Michael Vincent), looking for his first load for his new truck, finds out he shouldn’t have crossed the crew at his late father’s partner’s firm, goons Matchstick (Neil Summers) and Clem (Martin Kove) enforcing, in White Line Fever, 1975.
White LIne Fever (1975) -- (Movie Clip) We Pay On Delivery Turned away at all the other Tucson trucking outfits, independent Carrol Jo (Jan Michael Vincent) decides to go back with a shotgun to the guy who blackballed him, his father’s old partner Duane (Slim Pickens) who, we learn, is now under the thumb of Buck (L.Q. Jones), in White Line Fever, 1975.
World's Greatest Athlete, The -- (Movie Clip) Jane Beautiful music begins as tutor Jane (Dayle Haddon) is introduced to pupil Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent) by Coach Archer (John Amos) and his aide Milo (Tim Conway) in The World's Greatest Athlete, 1973.
World's Greatest Athlete, The -- (Movie Clip) Gazenga Coach Archer (John Amos) and his sidekick Milo (Tim Conway) discover that witch-doctor Gazenga (Roscoe Lee Browne) doesn't approve of patients who fake illness in The World's Greatest Athlete, 1973.

Trailer

Family

Lloyd Vincent
Father
Billboard company owner.
Lloyd Vincent
Father
Billboard company owner.
Doris Vincent
Mother
Doris Vincent
Mother
Amber Vincent
Daughter
Born c. 1975; mother, Bonnie Portman.
Amber Vincent
Daughter
Born c. 1975; mother, Bonnie Portman.

Companions

Bonnie Portman
Wife
Married in 1974; separated in 1975.
Bonnie Portman
Wife
Married in 1974; separated in 1975.
Joanne Robinson
Wife
Met May 30, 1975; married; separated in 1994; filed for divorce in 1997; born c. 1958.
Joanne Robinson
Wife
Met May 30, 1975; married; separated in 1994; filed for divorce in 1997; born c. 1958.
Lisa Marie Chiafullo
Companion
Model. 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.
Lisa Marie Chiafullo
Companion
Model. 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.
Nicole Wallace
Companion
Dating as of summer 1996.
Nicole Wallace
Companion
Dating as of summer 1996.
Karen Thompson
Companion
Childhood friend; together romantically since c. 1995.
Karen Thompson
Companion
Childhood friend; together romantically since c. 1995.

Bibliography

Notes

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

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

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

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

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