Jack Epps Jr.

Screenwriter
It was a fateful day in 1975 at the student union of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI when Jack Epps Jr, a graduate and award-winning student filmmaker, returned to his alma mater for coffee and chili with ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1949 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

From Story
Producer (1)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

It was a fateful day in 1975 at the student union of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI when Jack Epps Jr, a graduate and award-winning student filmmaker, returned to his alma mater for coffee and chili with one of his former instructors, Jim Cash. Epps had made the trek to Hollywood after graduation, and had begun to make some inroads, scripting episodes of such TV series as "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O". But he wanted to move to the big screen. During the course of a forty-minute conversation, Epps and Cash mapped out the skeleton plots for ten motion pictures, of which several would actually be produced. Although Cash chose to remain living in Michigan and the duo would rarely see each other face-to-face after that meeting, through telephone and computer modem, they became a commercially--and financially--successful writing team.

Relationships

Cynthia Epps

Wife

Jack Epps

Father

Shirley Mae Epps

Mother

EDUCATION

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan

Milestones

1997

With Cash, worked on screenplay for the thriller "Anaconda"

1990

With Cash, co-wrote screenplay for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"

1986

First produced screenplay, "Top Gun", co-written with Cash

1984

Epps (alone) contributed story for and produced TV-movie "Off Sides" (NBC)

1975

Met with Cash in Michigan; decided to team to write screenplays; at initial meeting outlined ten ideas for screenplays

While attending Michigan State University, took film course taught by Jim Cash

Sold first screenplays, "Izzy and Moe" (later filmed for TV with another writer's script) and the unproduced "Dangerously"

After graduating, moved to Hollywood; broke into screenwriting with episodes of TV series "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O"

Bonus Trivia

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Both Jack Epps Jr and Jim Cash are married to women named Cynthia.

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