Jim Cash

Screenwriter, Producer, College instructor
Comprising the unseen half of one of Hollywood's most commercially successful screenwriting teams of the past decade, Jim Cash resided in Michigan where he taught a film course at Michigan State University while partner ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1941 in Boyne City, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (8)

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)

(Screenplay)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Comprising the unseen half of one of Hollywood's most commercially successful screenwriting teams of the past decade, Jim Cash resided in Michigan where he taught a film course at Michigan State University while partner Jack Epps Jr, a former student, lived in Santa Monica, California and handled all the Hollywood meetings. Cash and Epps learned how to write by computer modem long before it became the rage, and had, in fact, seen one another only a handful of times since they first became partners in 1975. It was a partnership that has attracted big name stars and delivered products of varying quality. Their first produced script was "Top Gun" (1986), the tale of fighter pilots that firmed Tom Cruise's adult stardom. That same year, they also wrote "Legal Eagles", a somewhat muddled romance between prosecutor Robert Redford and defense attorney Debra Winger. Michael J Fox starred in their screenplay for "The Secret of My Success" (1987), in which he was an eager beaver young man from the boondocks on the corporate rise in the big city. In 1989, their script for "Turner & Hooch", teaming Tom Hanks (before he became an icon) with a drooling bulldog in a police tale was produced. Cash and Epps also received screenplay credit for Warren Beatty's adaptation of the comic strip "Dick Tracy" (1990). After several years of development hell and numerous re-writes, "Anaconda", a "Jaws"-like thriller about a documentary film crew terrorized in the jungle by a snake, was released in 1997.

Relationships

Cynthia Cash

Wife

EDUCATION

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan 1970

Milestones

1997

With Epps, co-wrote the thriller "Anaconda"

1990

Worked on screenplay of "Dick Tracy"

1986

First produced screenplay, "Top Gun"

1975

Met with former student Jack Epps Jr; decided to write screenplays together and sketched out ten ideas in initial meeting

1969

Finally earned college degree

Dropped out of college three times during 1960s

Began teaching film courses at Michigan State University

Sold screenplay ideas for "Izzy and Moe" (later filmed for TV with a script by another writer) and "Dangerously"

Bonus Trivia

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Cash, his wife and four children had 60 pets.

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He wrote several unpublished novels.

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