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William Lancaster

Screenwriter William H. (Bill) Lancaster, the son of the late film star Burt Lancaster, died Jan. 4 of cardiac arrest at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 49.

In 1975 Lancaster wrote the screenplay to “The Bad News Bears.” He also wrote the second sequel, “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.”

Lancaster also scripted John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing.”

An occasional actor, he portrayed the young Moses in TV’ “Moses, the Lawgiver,” which starred his father. He also had a featured role in the film “The Midnight Man.”

Lancaster is survived by a daughter, Keigh, a brother and three sisters.

Services will be private.

Family suggests donations in Lancaster’s name to any charity.

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