Children Hannah Owens-Bender
Years active 1971–present
Name Jack Bender
Role Television Director
Spouse(s) Laura Owens
|Born September 25, 1949 (age 66) (1949-09-25) |
Occupation Television director, television producer, film director, television writer, actor
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Movies Child's Play 3, The Midnight Hour, Friends 'Til the End, Family Album, A Face to Die For
Similar People Stephen Williams, JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Mike Vogel
Lost jack bender on directing without writers around paley center interview
Jack Bender (born September 25, 1949) is an American television and film director, television producer and former actor best known for his work as a director on Lost, The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.
- Lost jack bender on directing without writers around paley center interview
- Personal life
Bender grew up in a secular Jewish family in Los Angeles. His father was a furrier to the Hollywood community. He studied art with Los Angeles artist Martin Lubner (spouse of actress Joanna Merlin) and then went into acting "because it seemed like what I could do and make a living." As an actor, Bender guest-starred on All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He co-starred in The Million Dollar Duck, Savage and McNaughton's Daughter. He then went into directing, working on a number of television series.
He was an executive producer and lead director on the ABC TV series Lost, directing 38 episodes of the show, including the series finale. Bender has also directed on other popular shows such as The Sopranos, Carnivàle, Alias and Boston Public. In recent years he was an executive producer and lead director on the TV series Under the Dome (2013) and The Last Ship (2014-15). In 2016, Bender directed the fifth and sixth episodes of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, followed by a limited TV series adaptation of Stephen King's novel Mr. Mercedes.
Bender received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his direction of the Lost episodes "Live Together, Die Alone", "Through the Looking Glass" and the series finale "The End". He was also nominated for the Game of Thrones episode "The Door".
He is married to Rabbi Laura Owens of B’nai Horin. They have two daughters, Hannah and Sophie Owens-Bender. He now practices Judaism.