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Born: November 3, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: screenwriter

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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.Epps returned to California and on his own contributed the story for and produced the TV-movie "Off Sides" (NBC, 1984). It took a couple of years before the Epps and Cash partnership finally made it to the big screen with the fighter pilot tale "Top Gun" (1986), a film that confirmed Tom Cruise's status as a box-office star. That same year, "Legal Eagles", a tepid...

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.

Epps returned to California and on his own contributed the story for and produced the TV-movie "Off Sides" (NBC, 1984). It took a couple of years before the Epps and Cash partnership finally made it to the big screen with the fighter pilot tale "Top Gun" (1986), a film that confirmed Tom Cruise's status as a box-office star. That same year, "Legal Eagles", a tepid courtroom romance between Robert Redford and Debra Winger that got lost in the translation, also appeared. Epps and Cash wrote Michael J Fox's follow-up to his "Back to the Future" movies, "The Secret of My Success" (1987), and the "buddy" picture "Turner & Hooch" (1989), in which Tom Hanks, in a period of his career he perhaps would sooner forget, was teamed with a drooling bulldog to solve a crime. Epps and Cash were credited with adapting "Dick Tracy" (1990) for Warren Beatty. Years of drought then brought "Anaconda" (1997), a tale of a documentary crew in the jungle terrorized by a snake. Epps and Cash were among the five credited writers on the project.

The pair also entered into a producing deal and (as of 1997) have several projects in development.

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While attending Michigan State University, took film course taught by Jim Cash
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After graduating, moved to Hollywood; broke into screenwriting with episodes of TV series "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O"
1975:
Met with Cash in Michigan; decided to team to write screenplays; at initial meeting outlined ten ideas for screenplays
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Sold first screenplays, "Izzy and Moe" (later filmed for TV with another writer's script) and the unproduced "Dangerously"
1984:
Epps (alone) contributed story for and produced TV-movie "Off Sides" (NBC)
1986:
First produced screenplay, "Top Gun", co-written with Cash
1990:
With Cash, co-wrote screenplay for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"
1997:
With Cash, worked on screenplay for the thriller "Anaconda"
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Education

Michigan State University: East Lansing , Michigan -

Notes

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

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wife:
Cynthia Epps.

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father:
Jack Epps.
mother:
Shirley Mae Epps.

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