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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.[1][2]

Lawrence Bender
Bender at a premiere for
Inglourious Basterds in August 2009
Born (1957-10-17) October 17, 1957 (age 61)
EducationUniversity of Maine
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1987–present

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.[3] He has received three Best Picture nominations for producing Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting and Inglourious Basterds.[4]


Early lifeEdit

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.[5] He described his hometown of Cherry Hill as "all-white and anti-Semitic".[6] 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.[7] He is a graduate of The University of Maine, Class of 1979, majoring in Civil Engineering.[7][8][4]

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.[9] He worked as a dancer for some time before a series of injuries ended his dance career.[4]



In the 1980s, he worked as a grip on the syndicated anthology series Tales from the Darkside. In 1989 he produced, along with Sam Raimi, the film Intruder, which he also co-wrote the story for. 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.[10] 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.[11] He also produced the 2012 film Safe, which starred Jason Statham.[12] In 2016, he was executive producer for The Forest, Martin Scorsese's Silence and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.[13] In 2017, it was announced that Bender would serve as a producer for the film The Widow.[14]

In February 2018, it was announced that Bender would serve as a producer on for the Al Capone biopic Fonzo.[15]

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.[12]


He produced the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which raised unprecedented awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[16]

In 2008, Bender was a founding member of the World Security Institute campaign, Global Zero.[17] 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.[18] Bender was an executive producer for the 2017 sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.[19]


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.[20]

In 2008, it was reported that Bender was working with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor to create a television series based on the 2007 album Year Zero.[21]

Bender produced the 2015 Starz miniseries Flesh and Bone.[22] In 2017, it was announced that Bender and Brown would executive produce a reboot pilot of the television series Roswell for The CW.[23] The CW ordered Roswell, New Mexico to series in May 2018.[24] Bender also executive produced the 2018 Netflix series Seven Seconds.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Bender is also a passionate social and political activist and supports many causes.[26] 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.[27][28]

In 2004, Bender was a top fundraiser for John Kerry's presidential campaign.[29] He was also an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[30] Being of Jewish descent, in August 2015 he signed – as one of 98 members of the Los Angeles' Jewish community – an open letter supporting the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers led by the United States "as being in the best interest of the United States and Israel."[31]

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.[4]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 1994, Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.[32] 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.[33] In 2005, Bender was presented with the Torch of Liberty award from the ACLU.[34] He was named a Wildlife Hero by the National Wildlife Federation in 2011.[35] Throughout his career, films Bender has produced or executive produced have won a total of eight Academy Awards.[2]



Year Title Notes
1989 Intruder producer, co-writer
Tale of Two Sisters producer
1992 Reservoir Dogs producer
1994 Fresh producer
Pulp Fiction producer
Killing Zoe producer
1995 Four Rooms producer
White Man's Burden producer
1996 Snakeland executive producer
From Dusk till Dawn executive producer
1997 Good Will Hunting producer
Jackie Brown 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
2001 The Mexican producer
Knockaround Guys producer
2002 Stark Raving Mad executive producer
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 producer
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2 producer
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights producer
Voces inocentes producer
2005 The Chumscrubber producer
The Great Raid producer
Goal! executive producer
2006 An Inconvenient Truth producer
2007 88 Minutes executive producer
2008 The Youngest Candidate producer
Killshot producer
2009 Inglourious Basterds producer
2010 Countdown to Zero producer
2012 Safe producer
2016 The Forest executive producer
Silence executive producer
Hacksaw Ridge executive producer
2017 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power executive producer
2018 Greta producer
2019 Fonzo producer


Year Title Notes
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"
Earthsea executive producer
2005 Build or Bust executive producer
2006 Flirt 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


  1. ^ "Lawrence Bender, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  2. ^ a b "Honoree Lawrence Bender" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Steve Golin and Lawrence Bender Talk About How Film Can Drive Cultural Change".
  4. ^ a b c d "UMaine alum, Hollywood producer Bender to give commencement address".
  5. ^ L.A. Confidential: "Lawrence Bender Loves Israel" By Lawrence Bender retrieved May 25, 2015
  6. ^ Koehler, Robert. "Hey, Chili, Meet a Real Producer", Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1996. Accessed August 8, 2019. "The poverty was somewhat self-imposed. The Bronx-born Bender grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., 'which was all-white and anti-Semitic, so I’d hear comments about me like, "He’s a good kid for a Jew." I have some idea of what it means to be discriminated against, though not as a distinct minority of color.'"
  7. ^ a b "Hollywood film producer credits UMaine". 5 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "A Film Maker and the Art of the Deal".
  10. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (1994). "A Film Maker and the Art of the Deal". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (October 23, 2009). "Inglorious Basterds Producer Lawrence Bender: The Interview". Moveline. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Taylor, Drew (April 26, 2012). "'Safe' Producer Lawrence Bender Talks Jason Stathan's Appeal & Why He Didn't Produce 'Django Unchained'". IndieWire. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lawrence Bender".
  14. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 5, 2017). "Cannes: Isabell Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Thriller 'The Widow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Scott, Mike (February 22, 2018). "Tom Hardy's Al Capone Movie 'Fonzo' Prepping to Film in New Orleans". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  16. ^ Skoll, Jeff (April 27, 2016). "Participant's Jeff Skoll: How the Power of Film Spread 'An Inconvenient Truth'". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "It's Time to Start Worrying Again".
  18. ^ Schroeder Mullins, Anne (April 6, 2010). "Thumbs Up For Bender Nuclear Doc". Politico. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  19. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 1, 2017). "'An Inconvenient Sequel' Getting Limited Summer Release From Paramount - Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 1, 2012). "Lawrence Bender & Kevin Brown's Company Sings Pod Deal With Universal Cable Prods". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  21. ^ Pareles, Jon (June 8, 2008). "Frustration and Fury: Take It. It's Free". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 11, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
  22. ^ Charaipotra, Sona (November 4, 2015). "'Pulp Fiction' Producer Lawrence Bender On Trading Bullets For Ballet With 'Flesh and Bone'". Thrillist. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 12, 2017). "'Roswell' Reboot With Immigration Twist In Works At the CW From Amblin TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  24. ^ Petski, Denise (May 11, 2018). "The CW Picks Up 'Charmed' & 'Roswell' Reboots, 'TVD'/'Originals Offshoot, 'In The Dark' & Greg Berlanti Pilot To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  25. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 22, 2018). "TV Review: 'Seven Seconds' On Netflix". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  26. ^ "The Other Avenger: Tarantino's Producer Lawrence Bender".
  27. ^ UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  28. ^ Lawrence Bender on His Involvement with the UCLA IoES on YouTube
  29. ^ "A Chat With Inconvenient Truth Co-Producer and Hollywood Bigwig Lawrence Bender".
  30. ^ "Barack Obama to Hollywood: Without You, No Obama White House".
  31. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (August 12, 2015). "98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal in Open Letter (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter.
  32. ^ "Pulp Fiction Brought Guns, Gimps and Glory to the Cannes Film Festival".
  33. ^ "Bender Feted as Producer of the Year".
  34. ^ "2013 Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker Lawrence Bender".
  35. ^ "Jack Hannah Honored By the National Wildlife Federation".

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