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Bill Lawrence

Mostly Credited As: Bill Lawrence
Birth Name: William VanDuzer Lawrence
Date Of Birth: December 26, 1968 (Age 47)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Bill Lawrence

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.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Tosh.0 (2009) 
  Brian Atene 03x02: (Jan/18/2011) As Himself 

Scrubs (2001) 
  My Finale (2) 08x19: (May/06/2009) As Janitor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  My Soul on Fire (2) 08x15: (Apr/15/2009) As Justice of the Peace, [Co-Guest Stars]

Saving Grace (2007) 
  A Language of Angels 01x09: (Sep/17/2007) As Luke Ronald 

Close To Home (2005) 
  Land of Opportunity 01x17: (Mar/31/2006) As Ron 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Clone High, USA (2002)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Scrubs (2001)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Spin City (1996)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Cougar Town (2009)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Ground Floor (2013)• Executive Producer
• Creator
Surviving Jack (2014)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew

Ground Floor (2013) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Pilot 01x01 Nov/14/2013 As: Writer
Cougar Town (2009) (Credited in 11 episodes from this show) 
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Blue Sunday 04x01 Jan/08/2013 As: Writer
Your World 03x15 May/29/2012 As: Writer
A One Story Town 03x05 Mar/13/2012 As: Director
Ain’t Love Strange 03x01 Feb/14/2012 As: Director, Writer
Something Good Coming (2) 02x22 May/25/2011 As: Director, Writer
Scrubs (2001) (Credited in 27 episodes from this show) 
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Our First Day of School 09x01 Dec/01/2009 As: Writer
My Finale (2) 08x19 May/06/2009 As: Director, Writer
My Finale (1) 08x18 May/06/2009 As: Director, Writer
My Soul on Fire (2) 08x15 Apr/15/2009 As: Director
My Soul on Fire (1) 08x14 Apr/08/2009 As: Director
Clone High, USA (2002) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Escape to Beer Mountain: A Rope of Sand 01x01 Nov/02/2002 As: Writer
Spin City (1996) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
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Goodbye (2) 04x26 May/24/2000 As: Writer
The Paul Lassiter Story 02x14 Jan/21/1998 As: Writer
Paul Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 02x01 Sep/24/1997 As: Writer
Bye Bye Love 01x13 Jan/07/1997 As: Writer
The Apartment 01x03 Oct/01/1996 As: Writer
Friends (1994) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The One With the Candy Hearts 01x14 Feb/09/1995 As: Writer
The Nanny (US) (1993) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
Stock Tip 02x09 Nov/07/1994 As: Story
The Family Plumbing 01x14 Feb/09/1994 As: Writer
Boy Meets World (1993) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The Father/Son Game 01x11 Dec/17/1993 As: Writer

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.

More Trivia
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?