is an American film and television comedy writer. He wrote the screenplays to numerous popular films that starred Jerry Lewis
. These films included The Nutty Professor
, The Errand Boy
and The Ladies Man
. He also made many cameo appearances in Lewis' films as well, such as playing a Stan Laurel
type character in The Bellboy
and a piano player in The Patsy
. Later in his career he wrote for several television sitcoms like Welcome Back Kotter
and Kate & Allie
He won an Emmy Award for his writing work (shared) on The Carol Burnett Show for the years 1974-1975 and 1978.
Bill was also a Hollywood studio and jazz drummer in the 1950s.