Lawrence Bender is a 60-year-old motion picture producer who was born in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York.
In 1979, Bender graduated from the University of Maine where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. His grandfather worked in the civil engineering industry and told him that good jobs were available in that field. However, during his college years, Lawrence Bender developed a passion for the entertainment industry.
In 1980, he started his career behind the lens working as a grip on the set of a syndicated anthology series called Tales From the Darkside. Around nine years later, Bender rose to the ranks of a producer and one of his first films was called Intruder. This film starred Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell in the lead roles.
However, it was Lawrence Bender’s alliance with his friend writer/director Quentin Tarantino that would catapult him to super producer status. In 1992, Lawrence Bender Productions served as the catalyst behind Reservoir Dogs, which was Tarantino’s first project. This cult classic gangster thriller was equipped an all-star cast.
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, and Lawrence Tierney all deliver timeless performances in Bender and Tarantino’s cutting-edge masterpiece. The alliance between these two brilliant and independent filmmakers would spawn a vast amount of other classic films as well.
1994’s Pulp Fiction further catapulted the magic of Lawrence Bender Productions and Tarantino’s screenwriting and film directing talent. “Film is a very collaborative medium. If you’re smart enough, you learn how to maintain your vision while drawing resourcefully from all the people around you,” Bender says.
However, the lucrative world of movies and entertainment is not the only medium that Bender has been a part of, which symbolizes greatness. His political and social activism is well-documented and Bender has offered his action in a number of honorable causes, such as environmental issues and world peace.
Bender is the product of a good Jewish family and was brought up with values, which are ubiquitous in the study of spirituality. “It’s been ingrained in me, from my parents and others, this idea of making a difference in the world,” Bender also said.