It’s a sign of how far he’d fell in his career that Jan-Michael Vincent’s death went unnoticed by the wider world for nearly a month. He was at one point considered the heir apparent to James Dean, and was indeed discovered by the same agent as the Giant star. If he’d died in the 1970s, he would have been remembered the same way as Dean. If he’d died in the 1980s, he’d have been remembered as a man struck down in his celebrity prime, at a time when he was one of the biggest TV stars in the world thanks to Airwolf.
However, he died in 2019, with only one leg (the other was amputated due to artery issues), having not made a film for 19 years (his final appearance was a straight-to-video Grizzly Adams reboot in 2000) and with his real lasting legacy being the fact that he once had a four-day-long erection that required him to be hospitalised. Them’s the breaks, JMV.