Jan-Michael Vincent, the one-time heart throb star of films and television in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away at age 74. He was born in Denver but had the look of a hunky surfer dude. In the late 1960s he began to get noticed in Hollywood, landing supporting roles in films such as "The Undefeated" opposite John Wayne and Rock Hudson. It was his starring role in the acclaimed 1970 TV movie "Tribes" that won him enthusiastic critical notices as a young recruit in conflict with his drill instructor. Soon, Vincent was a major star with top billing in films like "Buster and Billie" , "The World's Greatest Athlete", "Baby Blue Marine", "Vigilante Force" and "White Line Fever". He also co-starred with Burt Reynolds in the 1978 hit "Hooper". Other prominent roles include his memorable performance opposite Charles Bronson in the 1972 crime thriller "The Mechanic" and an all-star cast in Richard Brooks' 1975 western "Bite the Bullet". He won acclaim for his role in John Milius's 1978 surfer drama "Big Wednesday." In the early 1980s, his TV show "Airwolf" was a hit and Vincent became the highest paid actor on television. However, his personal demons got the better of him. His addiction to alcohol and drugs soon made his reputation decline. Deemed to be unreliable and arrogant, Vincent was relegated to brief roles in forgettable films. His health deteriorated and he suffered from the aftereffects of two serious car crashes. In 2012 he had a leg amputated. In recent years he had lived in relative seclusion with his third wife as he attempted to deal with his health problems. For more click here.
Joe Dante's "Trailers from Hell" is bottled in Bond again with director Brian Trenchard-Smith analyzing the second 007 blockbuster, "From Russia with Love" and providing some interesting anecdotes within a very abbreviated time frame. By the way, are we the only ones who ever noticed a major curiosity about the "FRWL" trailer? Every major participant is credited by name on screen except for the film's star, Sean Connery. That wasn't the only blooper associated with the film: actress Martine Beswick was a victim of a careless mistake in the opening credits and was listed as "Martin Beswick". Director Terence Young felt badly about the error and made it up to Beswick by providing her with a far bigger role in the fourth Bond film, "Thunderball".