Lawrence Bender is a renowned film producer that has been in the movie industry for over 30 years. Born in the Bronx in 1957, he was raised by a Jewish family in New Jersey. In high school, he tried to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and was an aspiring civil engineer. In college, Lawrence formed a passion for dancing. Lawrence graduated from the University of Maine in 1979. Eventually, Bender started a career in acting and film producing in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Some of his acting credits include Lionheart, Reservoir Dogs and The Mexican. Being a civil engineer myself, one has to admire what great lengths Lawrence Bender has reached to switch careers and to be successful at his craft. Let’s take a look at some of the films that have made Lawrence Bender the iconic film producer he is today.
Bender produced An Inconvenient Truth, a gripping documentary about global warming. Bender followed up this production with the sequel entitled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power which continued the search for solutions to global warming. To his credit, Bender has a few Oscar nominations for movies such as Inglourious Basterds (Best Motion Picture), Good Will Hunting (Best Picture) and one of my personal favorite movies of all time Pulp Fiction (Best Picture).
Pulp Fiction starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis and premiered in 1994. The main plot is about criminal activity in Los Angeles. The style of the movie was one of the first of its kind to attain Oscar-worthy status which switched plots out of order and had a gory-style attached to it. Although a long movie, the style and the plot keeps the audience engaged. This movie was the first of many by acclaimed writer Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino and Bender also collaborated with the follow-up sequel Kill Bill which also saw much box office success.
As you can see, Lawrence Bender has had much success as a film producer. The range of filmmaking is also evident from his documentaries all the way to producing action and thriller movies.