Bill Lancaster is the son of noted Silver Screen icon Burt Lancaster.
Attended Emerson Junior High School in West Los Angeles and later University High School in Los Angeles.
Suffered polio as a child and had to wear braces on his legs.
Was married to Kip "Kippie" Raleigh Kovacs, daughter of Ernie Kovacs, from 1965 up until his death in 1997.
Originally wrote a first draft screenplay for Stephen King's Firestarter in 1982, which would have been directed by John Carpenter. However, due to poor theatrical returns on The Thing, both men were dropped from the project.
Bill Lancaster is also known for creating the 1976 family/comedy sports film The Bad News Bears as well as it's subsequent sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears in Japan as well as The Bad News Bears television spin-off series.