Lawrence Bender: Decades of Inspiration

Lawrence Bender is a well-known movie producer that has be involved with films like Django, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, and more. He was born in 1957 in New York City and graduated from the University of Maine in 1979. During childhood, Lawrence had ambitions to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps of becoming a civil engineer. Even though his degree was focused on civil engineering, he became a professional dancer for many years after graduating from college.

After an unexpected injury, he switched gears once again and began working in the movies. This is where Lawrence Bender would become the most successful, however. He is involved in much more than the movie-business though since he is also well-known for his political and environmental activism. Aside from his multiple Academy Awards, Lawrence Bender is also the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a director for CleanSource Power, LLC, and a board member of The Creative Coalition, Inc.

Lawrence Bender has dozens and dozens of phenomenal films under his production-belt, but Good Will Hunting should be considered one of the best. It premiered in 1997 and starred two of the best actors in film history: Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Bender would become a founding team-member to one of the most inspirational movies of the century, which won an impressive 2 Oscars.

Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a janitor at the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Will is an extremely gifted young man with a brilliant mind but cannot seem to filter through the magnificent abilities in his brain. When Will Hunting meets a psychologist and unlikely friend (Robin Williams), he learns how to hone his skills and find the direction his life was meant to go in. The film is full of tear-jerking moments and inspiration at every turn.

Without the help of Lawrence Bender and his production team, this touching tale of influence and identity would never have had the impact it did. Lawrence Bender took inspiration from this amazing film to help him create more fantastic pieces of art for the world to enjoy.

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