Lawrence Bender’s resplendent career in film and television has been ripe with financial success and its fair share of coveted accolades.
The 60-year-old film producer started his career as a cinematic visionary in 1989. In that year, Bender produced two of his first films, which were titled Intruder and Tale of Two Sisters. However, it was in the year 1992 when the Lawrence Bender film production brand exploded onto the national and international movie industry.
Legendary screenwriter and director Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film Reservoir Dogs solidified a friendship turned business partnership between a pair of men who would go on to become two of the best filmmakers in American history. Bender and Tarantino also founded a film production company together called A Band Apart.
Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino’s union would lead to the creation of a whole host of timeless American films, such as Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and From Dusk till Dawn. Tarantino’s entire catalog of films was produced by Bender, with the exception of three projects.
However, Bender’s impact on society has gone beyond the work of his entertainment-centered company, Lawrence Bender Productions. The six-time Academy Award-winning movie maven is also a renowned social justice activist and his contributions to an array of honorable causes is well-documented.
With Bender, it starts with his immediate heritage. As the product of a good Jewish family, Bender has been a noble supporter of the Israeli cause in the Middle East. In an interview with the Jewish Journal, the then 51-year-old Good Will Hunting producer talked about his experiences with anti-Semitic hatred as a youth.
“It wasn’t like my life was threatened, but I got pushed around for being Jewish. People would call me ‘Bender kike’ and throw me up against the lockers,” Bender said in his interview with the Jewish Journal.
Instead of using such cultural adversity as child as fuel to engage in hatred as an adult, Bender has committed himself to the Jewish cause all over the world. He has visited heads of state in Israel and has been a great ambassador of peace in a modern world in which the Israeli nation has a right to exist.