Lawrence Bender is an Academy Award winning film producer. He has worked on films starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Matt Damon, and more. In total, Lawrence Bender has been considered for 29 prestigious awards.
Bender graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering, but found success in the film industry instead. During his time in college, he developed a passion for dance, but his career was cut short by an injury. This happened before Bender entered the world of film. His first job was as a set worker on a television show; Bender’s first film production didn’t come until 1989.
Lawrence Bender’s first major success was Reservoir Dogs, a classic film in the crime genre, which also jump started the career of its director Quentin Tarantino.
Reservoir Dogs is about a robbery gone wrong. The movie begins with the team, many of them unfamiliar with each other, being introduced to each other and the heist plan. When the actual heist begins it goes unusually wrong. When what is rest of the team gets back together they come up with the idea that the police previously knew about the height.
The character played by Tim Roth, who gives one of his most amazing performance in the film, is actually an undercover cop that has been recruited on the team. He is shot during the getaway and spends the majority of the movie bleeding to death, coming in and out of consciousness.
Tim Roth’s character stays alive for most of the movie, witnessing everything that goes down until the final moment, which is a Mexican stand-off between the remaining crew and their employer.
Since this film, Lawrence Bender has worked with Tarantino on nearly a dozen other occasions. The two even created their own production company together, A Band A Part. Together, with this company, Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender produced an incredible catalog of films.