Birthplace: Ridgefield, Connecticut, U.S.
William Van Duzer "Bill" Lawrence IV (born December 26, 1968) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He is best known as the creator of the series Scrubs, co-creator of Cougar Town and co-creator of Spin City. He was also co-creator of the short-lived animated series Clone High, in which he voiced the leader of the shadowy figures, and is the co-creator of Ground Floor, which ran on TBS. He has written for many other shows including Friends, The Nanny, and Boy Meets World.
The name of Lawrence's production company, Doozer, is wordplay on his middle name.
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Lawrence is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where he studied English and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After graduating, his first writing job was as a staff writer on the short-lived ABC sitcom Billy. He then briefly wrote for Boy Meets World (during which he claims to have named the character Topanga Lawrence), Friends and The Nanny. In 1996, he wrote for the short-lived sitcom Champs.
Lawrence's first show as creator was the ABC multi-camera sitcom Spin City, co-created with Champs creator Gary David Goldberg, which originally starred Michael J. Fox as a deputy mayor of New York City. The show lasted for six seasons and won a Primetime Emmy Award and four Golden Globes.
He went on to create the single-camera sitcom Scrubs, which followed the lives of hospital staff. The show premiered in 2001 and ran for 9 seasons in total, 7 on NBC and 2 on ABC. Lawrence wrote, produced and directed the series. The show received critical acclaim as well as 17 Emmy nominations. His next project was co-creating the 2002 animated sitcom Clone High for MTV with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The show lasted a single 13 episode season. In 2005, Lawrence co-created the failed WB pilot Nobody's Watching with Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan.
Lawrence was preparing for his film-directing debut with the film Fletch Won, a prequel to the previous Fletch films, but ultimately left the project after Scrubs star Zach Braff exited the project.
Lawrence co-created the single-camera sitcom Cougar Town, which premiered in 2009 on ABC, with Kevin Biegel. The show is executive produced by series star Courteney Cox and her then-husband David Arquette. Courteney Cox had been a guest star on Lawrence's previous sitcom Scrubs. The show ran from 2009-12 on ABC, then moved to TBS in 2013.
In 2013, Lawrence was involved with three shows that made it to series. He co-created and executive produces the TBS sitcom Ground Floor with Greg Malins. He is also an executive producer of the Fox sitcom Surviving Jack and the NBC sitcom Undateable. After running two seasons, Ground Floor was cancelled.
In 2014, Lawrence and four other cast members from Undateable did a standup comedy tour to promote the show.
Lawrence penned a script for the Rush Hour TV series, though it was ultimately canceled, after a single season.
Lawrence married actress Christa Miller in 1999. They have three children together. Miller has been cast in Lawrence projects Scrubs, Clone High and Cougar Town. His first wife was television actress Megyn Price.
Lawrence is the great-great grandson of Sarah and William Van Duzer Lawrence, whose home became Sarah Lawrence College.