Lawrence Bender is a multi-time winner of Academy Awards, but he isn’t an actor. He is a film producer. Bender has worked on films like Good Will Hunting, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and he worked on Pulp Fiction, starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.
Lawrence Bender also frequently takes on the role of host, welcoming people into his home for the purpose of charitable fundraising parties. In addition to his awards and accolades in the film industry, Bender has been honored many times for his altruistic deeds. Once, in honor of his actions towards humanitarian causes, Bender was welcomed back to his college to receive an honorary degree.
As with most movie producers, Lawrence Bender’s role in Hollywood has mostly went unnoticed. However, without Bender’s presence in the film industry, movie fans would likely never have seen a Tarantino film. When Tarantino was shopping around Reservoir Dogs, movie studios were questioning the script and the violence, but Lawrence Bender jump on board as producer.
Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino and Bender’s first production together and the start of a long business partnership. The two film icons created A Band A Part Productions and created nearly a dozen films together. The last film to ever be credited to A Band A Part, despite the production companies disbandment years earlier, was Inglourious Basterds. This film was the last co-production of Bender and Tarantino.
Lawrence Bender has since went his own path, working in television on Earthsea and contributing to Netflix’s growing library with Seven Seconds. Bender has also produced documentaries with Al Gore, and watched as the former Vice President of the United States was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in raising climate change awareness.