The Bill Lancaster Papers consist of Lancaster’s scripts and project files for produced and unproduced film and TV titles
written during his screenwriting career. The Bad News Bears, The Bad News Bears Go To Japan, The Thing, Firestarter and Monkey
King are the most well represented films in the collection.
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) daughter
of Ernie Kovacs, and they had one daughter Keigh (1966-2017). Bill Lancaster died on January 4, 1997 in Los Angeles at age
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