The Bill Lancaster Papers, 1975-1987, consist of Lancaster’s scripts and project files, both of produced and unproduced film
and TV titles, written during his screenwriting career. Well represented in the collection are The Bad News Bears, The Bad
News Bears Go To Japan, The Thing, Firestarter and Monkey King.
Bill Lancaster, the son of actor Burt Lancaster and Norma Anderson, was born in Los Angeles on November 17, 1947. After a
few acting roles, his first screenwriting credit was for the hit 1976 film the Bad News Bears. He went on to write its second
sequel, The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978), and The Thing (1982). Lancaster was married to Kippie Kovacs (1949-2001) and
they had one child Keigh (1966-2017). Lancaster died on January 4, 1997 in Los Angeles at age 49.
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