I'm not sure why I wait until an actor's death to check out their body of work, especially when I've already checked out their actual body many times previously on the site. I knew actor Jan-Michael Vincent primarily from images, still and caps from his frontal in 1974's Buster and Billie. The frontal was notable for many reasons, including how rare it was. Successful actors rarely do frontals today, and it was even more uncommon in the 70's.
I'd seen clips of Vincent's nude scene, and decided to see if he done any additional on-screen nudity. My googling came up with two other films, one before Buster and Billie, and one after. The first was 1971's Going Home and the second 1981's Hard Country. You can check out caps in the piece below HERE:
Vincent got his big break in films in 1967's The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk. He didn't play one of the brothers, Richard Gates played Frank, and Tim Matheson took on the role of younger brother Joe. Over the next few years, Vincent appeared in a few other films, and in guest star roles on TV's Lassie, Gunsmoke and Bonanza.
It was a few years later, with Going Home and Buster and Billie, that Vincent took on the role of screen idol. With his chiseled face, and chiseled body, he was a natural on the big screen. Vincent went on to star in films including; Big Wednesday, Hooper, Born in East L.A and Vigilante Force. In 1984, he had one of his biggest roles, this time in the television min-series The Winds of War.
In real life, Vincent sadly channeled many of the darkness in the characters he played on film. He battled drugs and alcoholism and in the years of 1977, 1978, and 1979 was arrested for possession of cocaine. Arrests for bar brawls and domestic assaults followed leading to jail time. Years of abuse, not to mention several car accidents, led to a series of health problems, including a leg amputation, in the years before his death at the age of 73 in 2019.
''Nineteen year old Jimmy Graham has grown up to be an angry young man.'
Going Home (1971)
In addition to Buster and Billie, 1971's Going Home was one of two other films which were credited with having scenes of nudity featuring actor Jan-Michael Vincent. Although there was a tighy whitey scene, they were worn by Robert Mitchum, (below) not Jan-Michael Vincent.
In Going Home, Vincent played Jimmy, a young boy taken from his abusive home after witnessing his father (Mitchum) murdering his mother in a drunken rage. Now 19, Jimmy is released from group home living and sets out to see, and exact revenge on his father.
I really liked this film, although it took a few disturbing twists near the end. There really however, wasn't any actual nudity from Vincent in the film. There was a split second of upper ass in a shower scene, and some side ass after Jimmy rapes his father's girlfriend (Brenda Vaccaro), but it's very dark so you con't see too much. If you're looking for a Vincent film to check out however, I did find this an interesting watch.
Buster and Billie (1974)
Hard Country (1981)
'Ambitious young Jodie wants more out of life than the small Texas country town she lives in has to offer. Jodie realizes that in order to pursue her dreams she will have to leave Texas and move to the big city. However, her shiftless factory worker boyfriend Kyle wants to stay in Texas.'
1981'a Hard Country gives viewers a nice view of Vincent's butt in a quick, but satisfying scene when he's getting out of bed. This was an odd little slice of life film, odd for a few reasons, including the fact that singer Tanya Tucker is one of the co-stars. I always thought Kim Bassinger and Daryl Hannah looked a bit alike, and this early 80's flick, someone else did as well and cast them as sisters.