Janitor on Scrubs
12/26/1968, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Guest Star (5)
Executive in Charge of Production (1)
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. Also, 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.moreless
William Van Duzer Lawrence
- Trivia & Quotes
Bill [On whether NBC has ever made them drop an episode]: They made us drop a medical marijuana episode, we replaced it with an episode with a dying patient paying a whore for sex, which apparently was just fine with the NBC censors.
Bill [On his best prank]: Since I did the license plate prank, I would say that's the best one. For those of you who don't know, Zach is embarrassed by his celebrity. So, I put license plates on his car that said "TV DOC" and had dollar signs around them. He didn't notice until days later at a restaurant valet stand, when everyone was looking at him like he was a complete tool. I feel retribution is coming this year.
Bill [On whether Zach Braff has ever directed an episode of Scrubs]: Zach directs a few episodes every year. Including the Wizard of Oz homage that got us most of our Emmy nominations. How talented he is, never ceases to annoy me.
Bill [Responding to a fan's comment on his blog]: Excellent point! My wife IS hot. As I have a one month old child, I have not seen, nor touched her in quite some time.
Bill [On going back for a sixth season of Scrubs]: It's a lot like going back for your senior year of high school, except for the sixth time, which is dangerously close to what actually happened in my life.
Bill's great-grandfather, William Lawrence, founded Sarah Lawrence Collage.
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.