Jim Cash

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Jim Cash
Born (1941-01-17)January 17, 1941[1]
Boyne City, Michigan
Died March 25, 2000(2000-03-25) (aged 58–59)
East Lansing, Michigan
Alma mater Michigan State University
Occupation Writer
Known for Co-writer of Top Gun (1986)
Spouse(s) Cynthia Cash

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.

Early life[edit]

On Jan 17, 1941, Cash was born in Boyne City, Michigan.[2] [3]


In 1970, Cash received a B.A. in English from Michigan State University (MSU). In 1972, Cash received an M.A. in Television and Radio from Michigan State University.


As a professor, Cash taught writing and film history at Michigan State University. Cash met a student named Jack Epps, Jr., who would later become his writing partner. Epps was from the Detroit area.

Cash and Epps began their writing relationship while at Michigan State University. In 1975, they wrote their first story together in the MSU Union Grill. Soon afterwards Epps moved to Hollywood, California. Cash continued to live in East Lansing, Michigan, while Epps lived in Santa Monica, California. They collaborated by computer across country.

In 1986, Cash and Epps co-wrote Top Gun.

Personal life[edit]

Cash and his wife Cynthia Cash have 4 children. [4]



  1. ^ "imdb.com". Retrieved Nov 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "imdb.com". Retrieved Nov 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hollywood.com". Retrieved Nov 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood.com". Retrieved Nov 4, 2016. 

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