Lawrence Bender is a movie producer who has produced over 59 movies, winning numerous awards over his vast career. He’s produced many of Quentin Tarantino films over the years, and he’s actually had numerous films nominated for Oscar awards.
Lawrence Bender was born in New York, and he graduated from The University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering. He graduated in 1979 and pursued his passion of dance for some time before beginning to work on a syndicated TV show. From there he began producing movies in 1989, and Lawrence Bender’s career has only blossomed.
In 1997, Lawrence Bender produced Good Will Hunting, a massively successful drama starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver. The movie takes place in Boston and is focused on a “southie” who is found out to be a mathematical genius. The film touches on a myriad of themes throughout. It touches on coming to terms with you who are and your past, which are journeys both the characters of Robin Williams and Matt Damon embark upon. Robin Williams is working to come to terms with the loss of his wife while trying to work through and develop the potential of Matt Damon’s character. It navigates friendship through the lens of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s characters- two lifelong friends who are facing the possibility of different destiny’s. It rounds out with love story, but my favorite part of the movie (and perhaps the most well-known part) is a speech in Boston Commons park by Robin Williams character. The speech acknowledges that all the genius in the world is not a substitute for real world knowledge and life experience. It’s incredibly moving and motivating, and by far one of the most loved monologue’s.
Good Will Hunting was one of three movies produced by Lawrence Bender that helped him get nominated for an Academy Award. Inglorious Bastards and Pulp Fiction are two other films that were nominated, as well. The list of critically acclaimed movies produced by Lawrence Bender goes on and on, and it’s likely they’ll continue coming!