Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City U.S.
Lawrence Bender (born October 17, 1957) is an American film producer. Throughout his career, Bender-produced films have received 36 Academy Award nominations, resulting in eight wins.
Bender rose to fame by producing Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and has since produced all of Quentin Tarantino's films with the exception of Death Proof, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Bender has also produced three documentary films, most notably An Inconvenient Truth (2006) which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has received three Best Picture nominations for producing Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting and Inglourious Basterds.Bender was born to a Jewish family in The Bronx, New York, and grew up in New Jersey, where his father was a college history professor and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. In high school, he decided to pursue a career as a civil engineer. His grandfather had been a civil engineer and he heard there were good jobs available in the field. He is a graduate of The University of Maine, Class of 1979, majoring in Civil Engineering.
While attending U-Maine, Bender acquired a passion for dance. After graduating, Bender pursued dancing and was awarded a scholarship to the Louis Falco dance troupe. He worked as a dancer for some time before a series of injuries ended his dance career.
In the 1980s, he worked as a grip on the syndicated anthology series Tales from the Darkside. In 1989, he produced the film Intruder, in which leading roles are Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. After meeting Tarantino in 1990 and being given the script for Reservoir Dogs, he agreed to produce the film, which went on to achieve commercial success. Throughout the 1990s, Bender also produced Pulp Fiction (1994), Killing Zoe (1994), Fresh, White Man's Burden (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Jackie Brown (1997), Good Will Hunting (1997), A Price Above Rubies (1998), and Anna and the King (1999).
In the early 2000s, Bender produced the films, The Mexican (2001), Knockaround Guys (2001), Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Innocent Voices (2004), and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Since May 2005, Bender has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.
In 2009, Lawrence produced the Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. He also produced the 2012 film Safe, which starred Jason Statham. In 2016, he was executive producer for The Forest, Martin Scorsese's Silence and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. In 2017, it was announced that Bender would serve as a producer for the film The Widow.
In early 2018, there was an allegation of a "cover up" over an on-set car crash during the filming of Kill Bill. In February 2018, it was announced that Bender would serve as a producer on for the Al Capone biopic Fonzo.
Bender makes cameo appearance in many of the films he produces: he was a police officer chasing Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, a restaurant patron billed as a "Long Hair Yuppie-Scum" in Fresh, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms, a hotel clerk in Kill Bill: Volume 2, and as a bartender in Safe.
He produced the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which raised unprecedented awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
In 2008, Bender was a founding member of the World Security Institute campaign, Global Zero. His 2010 documentary, Countdown to Zero, features Tony Blair, Presidents, Musharef, Gorbachev, De Klerk and Carter among others, details the urgent risk posed by proliferation, terrorism, and accidental use of nuclear weapons. Bender was an executive producer for the 2017 sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
In the early 2000s, Bender formed a partnership with Kevin Kelly Brown and created the production company Bender Brown Productions. The company produced the CBS Drama Dr. Vegas and the Syfy channel mini-series Earthsea.
Bender produced the 2015 Starz miniseries Flesh and Bone. In 2017, it was announced that Bender and Brown would executive produce a reboot pilot of the television series Roswell for The CW. The CW ordered Roswell, New Mexico to series in May 2018. Bender also executive produced the 2018 Netflix series Seven Seconds.
Bender is also a passionate social and political activist and supports many causes. Bender serves on the board of The Creative Coalition. He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations the Pacific Council. Bender is also on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a member of the Global Zero campaign.
On May 11, 2013, he returned to The University of Maine to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and share remarks during the 2013 Commencement ceremonies.
In 1994, Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Bender received a producer of the year award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, becoming the third person ever to win the award and the first American to do so. In 2005, Bender was presented with the Torch of Liberty award from the ACLU. He was named a Wildlife Hero by the National Wildlife Federation in 2011. Throughout his career, films Bender has produced or executive produced have won a total of eight Academy Awards.
|Tale of Two Sisters||producer|
|White Man's Burden||producer|
|From Dusk till Dawn||executive producer|
|1997||Good Will Hunting||producer|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||producer|
|1999||From Dusk till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||executive producer|
|Anna and the King||producer|
|From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter||executive producer|
|2002||Stark Raving Mad||executive producer|
|2003||Kill Bill: Volume 1||producer|
|2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||producer|
|Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||producer|
|The Great Raid||producer|
|2006||An Inconvenient Truth||producer|
|2007||88 Minutes||executive producer|
|2008||The Youngest Candidate||producer|
|2010||Countdown to Zero||producer|
|2016||The Forest||executive producer|
|Hacksaw Ridge||executive producer|
|2017||An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power||executive producer|
|2001||Anatomy of a Hate Crime||executive producer|
|2002||Lost in Oz||executive producer|
|Nancy Drew||executive producer|
|2004||The Survivors Club||executive producer|
|Dr. Vegas||executive producer: "Pilot" & "Limits"|
|2005||Build or Bust||executive producer|
|2007||The Line-Up||executive producer|
|2008||Long Island Confidential||executive producer|
|2015||Flesh and Bone||producer|
|2018||Seven Seconds||executive producer|
|2019||Roswell, New Mexico||executive producer|