James Willis Cash
January 17, 1941
|Died||March 25, 2000 (aged 59)|
East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Known for||Co-writer of Top Gun (1986)|
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 afterward Epps moved to Hollywood, California. Cash continued to live in East Lansing, Michigan, while Epps lived in Santa Monica, California. They collaborated via computer.
In 1986, Cash and Epps co-wrote Top Gun.
- 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.) (1986)
- 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, elements from the original Anaconda script)
- Top Gun: Maverick (based on characters created by with Jack Epps Jr.) (2022) (story only) (screenplay from the film Top Gun)