Lawrence Bender was born on October 17, 1957 to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York. His father was a history professor and his mother taught kindergarten, but Lawrence decided to become a civil engineer. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering. He didn’t know at the time that he would become a movie producer. His work has encompassed everything from award-winning documentaries to drama to action and thriller. Lawrence Bender is a versatile, talented producer, producing Oscar-nominated films 17 times and winning Best Picture three times with Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, and Inglourious Basterds.
He started out as a grip in the 1980’s, working on an anthology series. The first film he produced came out in 1989, but he is most famous for his work on Reservoir Dogs, a Quentin Tarantino film. After Reservoir Dogs, Lawrence Bender produced all of Tarantino’s films.
Lawrence Bender’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds stars Brad Pitt in a gritty World War II alternate history film. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film centers around two groups of people: a group of US soldiers with a plot to kill Hitler and a French Jewish cinema owner with the same goal. For his role in the film, Cristoph Waltz won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Outside of his film career, Lawrence Bender was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, University of Maine, and is a Wildlife Hero with the National Wildlife Federation. He has dedicated his life to several causes and is socially and politically active for these causes and founded Global Zero, a foundation dedicated to the complete eradication of nuclear weapons worldwide. His work and personal life are an inspiration to millions around the globe.