Lawrence Bender, born October 17th, 1957, is a film producer. He was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey. In high school and college, he had plans to become a civil engineer, but after finding a passion for dance, he intended to become a danger. Ultimately an injury killed his dreams as a dancer, and he became a film producer.
His first job was in the television industry, working on the set as a grip for the 80s series, Tales from the Darkside. In 1989, he produced two full length films. He got his first big break in 1992, with the filming of Reservoir Dogs.
Since he first linked up with Quentin Tarantino, the two of them have produced classic after classic like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Jackie Brown. Lawrence Bender has also been successful on other films outside of Tarantino’s work like Good Will Hunting and An Inconvenient Truth.
Lawrence Bender has won several awards for his contributions towards film. His films have been nominated for almost 30 academy awards, winning six. He has also been awarded for his effort in philanthropy, earning the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU.
Lawrence Bender has also takes over the mantel of executive producer on occasion. One of the films executive produced by Bender is Stark Raving Mad starring Sean William Scott.
The plot of Stark Raving Mad takes place in a single night: the night of a bank heist. A nightclub owner has been tasked with making sure his nightclub is as loud as possible, providing auditory cover for the heist taking place at a nearby bank. Things don’t go exactly as planned. Two FBI agents, who were in the nightclub for unrelated reasons, eventually disrupt the heist.
The film also features Timm Sharp and Dave Foley.