Lawrence Bender

Producer, Actor, Dancer
Tired of waiting for his big break, this former struggling actor-dancer segued into producing, making an auspicious theatrical debut with Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). Bender began his producing career ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1957 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (42)

Flesh and Bone 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alien Abduction 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blood Mountain 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shomer 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Safe 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Countdown to Zero 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Youngest Candidate 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Inconvenient Truth 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dr. Vegas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Innocent Voices 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Chumscrubber 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nancy Drew 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knockaround Guys 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stark Raving Mad 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mexican 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anna and the King 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

White Man's Burden 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fresh 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killing Zoe 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intruder 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tale of Two Sisters 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anatomy of A Hate Crime (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Earthsea (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Executive Order: Six (Movie)

(Producer)

The Survivors Club (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (15)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knockaround Guys 2002 (Movie)

Bar Patron (Actor)

The Mexican 2001 (Movie)

Vegas Onlooker (Actor)

Full-Tilt Boogie 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Long Hair Yuppie Scum (Actor)

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

White Man's Burden 1995 (Movie)

Bar Patron No 1 (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Long Hair Yuppie-Scum (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Young Cop (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

For Background Radio Play (Voice)

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

3rd Guard (Actor)

Lionheart 1991 (Movie)

Garage Fight Heckler (Actor)

Intruder 1988 (Movie)

Officer Adams (Actor)
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

The Allnighter 1987 (Movie)

(Grip)
Writer (1)

Intruder 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)
Production Management (1)

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

Tired of waiting for his big break, this former struggling actor-dancer segued into producing, making an auspicious theatrical debut with Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). Bender began his producing career after appearing in bit parts and working on production crews for three years, beginning with student projects at the American Film Institute. He entered commercial features as a grip on low-budget genre fare. His first producing credits were on the direct-to-video horror tale "The Intruder" and the little-seen improvisational drama "A Tale of Two Sisters" (both 1989).

Relationships

Joelle Bentolila

Companion
French

EDUCATION

University of Maine

Orono , Maine

Attended choreographer Louis Falco's dance academy

Studied acting with Sandra Seacat, Lily Parker and Peter Floor

Milestones

2009

Produced Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture

2006

Produced the Al Gore global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"

2004

Executive produced the TV-miniseries "Legend of Earthsea" on the Sci-Fi Channel

2003

Produced Tarantino's two part assassin thriller, "Kill Bill" (released in fall 2003 and and Spring 2004)

2001

Was one of the producers of "The Mexican", starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts

2001

With Brown, produced the MTV original movie "Anatomy of a Hate Crime", about the murder of college student Matthew Shepard

2000

Joined with producer Kevin Brown to oversee several TV projects, including the HBO pilot "No Matter How Long I Shout"

1999

Served as a producer on "Anna and the King"

1997

With Tarantino, formed A Band Apart Records; entered into agreement to market and distribute recordings made on Madonna's Maverick label

1997

Produced "Good Will Hunting", directed by Gus van Sant; film earned nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture

1995

Produced "White Man's Burden", the first film from Lawrence Bender Productions

1994

Produced his most acclaimed film, Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (also acted in bit part as "Long Hair Yuppie Scum")

1992

Produced first theatrical release, "Reservoir Dogs"; first collaboration with actor-writer-director Quentin Tarantino

1991

Served as 2nd assistant director on "Ulterior Motives/Deadline", a straight to video thriller (also acted)

1990

First substantial acting role, "Lionheart"

1989

First credit as a producer, Scott Spiegel's "Intruder" starring writer-director Sam Raimi; also received story credit and played bit part; went straight to video

1987

First credit in a feature film, as a grip, "The Allnighter"

1985

Moved to L.A. to pursue acting but ended up working behind the scenes on a number of films made through the American Film Institute

Did bit parts in small independent films and worked on stage

Formed Lawrence Bender Productions

Rejecting a career as a civil engineer, relocated to NYC after graduation to study dance

Debut as executive producer, "Killing Zoe", written and directed by Roger Avary

Supported himself working as a flamenco dancer

Joined the Ralph Robertson Ballet Company; toured around Maine and Boston

Formed A Band Apart Productions with Tarantino

Won a scholarship to "Fame" choreographer Louis Falco's dance academy

Bonus Trivia

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Bender co-founded A Band A Part Productions with Tarantino named after Jean-Luc Godard's "Bande a part"

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Since May 2005, has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post, a political group weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer

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