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Jim Cash (January 17, 1941 – March 25, 2000) was a film writer, noted for writing such 1980s films such as Top Gun and The Secret of My Success. He was born in Boyne City, Michigan, and later lived in Grand Rapids. He received a B.A. in English from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1970, followed by an M.A. in Television and Radio in 1972; he also taught writing and film history.
Partnership with Jack Epps, Jr.
They began their writing relationship while at MSU and wrote their first story together in the MSU Union Grill in 1975. Soon afterwards Epps moved to Hollywood. Cash continued to live in East Lansing, Michigan, while Epps lived in Santa Monica, California. They collaborated by computer across country.
- Dangerously (with Jack Epps Jr.) (1978) (unproduced)
- Izzy and Moe (with Jack Epps Jr., Steven Patrick Bell and Robert Boris) (1985) (TV) (story only)
- Top Gun (with Jack Epps Jr.) (1986)
- Legal Eagles (with Jack Epps Jr.) (1987)
- The Secret of My Success (with Jack Epps Jr. and A.J. Carothers) (1987)
- Turner & Hooch (with Jack Epps Jr., Dennis Shryack, Michael Blodgett and Daniel Petrie Jr.) (1989)
- Dick Tracy (with Jack Epps Jr.) (1990)
- Anaconda (with Jack Epps Jr. and Hans Bauer) (1997)
- The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (with Jack Epps Jr.) (2000)
- Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (with Jack Epps Jr. and Hans Bauer) (2004) (story only) (screenplay from the film Anaconda)
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