Mostly Credited As: Bill Lawrence
Birth Name: William VanDuzer Lawrence
Date Of Birth: December 26, 1968 (Age 44)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Bill Lawrence is one of Hollywood's funniest and most successful television Writer/Executive Producers working in the industry today. He's also one of the busiest: he taped this interview after a long day of working on the set of his most recent NBC Series, Scrubs. The time? Two o'clock in the morning. And that's when he started…
Bill's career started in California, although he was raised in Connecticut. After graduating from William and Mary College in 1990 with a degree in English, he hopped into his Jeep and drove back to California with only one goal in mind: he wanted to be a writer.
A family friend, a former writer for the original Dick Van Dyke Show was impressed by Bill's gift for dialogue and had suggested Bill move to Los Angeles. This friend was clearly right in his assessment of Bill's talent because within months, Bill succeeded in landing a manager (two, actually) and soon after that, he landed his first job as Staff Writer on a sitcom entitled, curiously enough, Billy.
From there, Bill joined the original writing staff of the highly successful Friends, and he hasn't stopped writing since. In fact, he has had two shows in primetime television, Spin City, which he co-created with Gary David Goldberg and Scrubs. And, as if that's not enough, Bill co-created yet another series, Clone High, and Nobody's Watching.
Bill and his wife, actress Christa Miller ("Scrubs") live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Charlotte Sarah, and sons, William Stoddard and Henry Vanduzer.
Trivia Bill used to play baseball for the Houston Frogs.
He ran for president of his elementary school, Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
The Ohio connection for Nobody's Watching was inspired by relatives in Cincinnati.
His show Nobody's Watching was a major hit on YouTube, but got low ratings when it aired on network television.
Bill's daughter, Charlotte, appeared in an episode of Scrubs as the little girl who looks exactly like Jordan (Christa Miller Lawrence). The appearance was uncredited, however.
Bill often puts himself into the background of Scrubs. According to the cast, he has done it more and more frequently as the seasons pass.
He says that the best part about working in an old creepy hospital [on Scrubs] is that no one ever comes by, so they can do whatever they want.
Bill and his wife are part of a co-ed softball team. They also play tennis competitively.
He credits Gary Goldberg with teaching him all that was involved in creating a series.
Bill allows dogs on the set of Scrubs, which he jokes was to wage war with the rat population.
Bill Lawrence Quotes
Bill Lawrence: [On his wife's knowledge of the internet] Christa, my wife, is obsessed - and that’s why it’s available to me. One of our couple arguments is that once the kids are down, her unwinding - especially being a music freak - is all about her updating her library and searching for music. For me to be such an idiot, we don’t even have a stereo in our house. It’s all played from my wife’s computer.
Bill Lawrence: [On seeing his wife at their wedding] I'll always remember how blown away I was when I saw Christa in her dress. Everything leading up to that moment was pure terror and then, the second I saw her, she was so beautiful it had a very calming effect. The only nagging thought was, 'What on earth is this woman marrying me for?