Lon Ethan Bender (born July 22, 1959) is an American supervising sound editor, business executive, and inventor. Bender won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing for his work on Braveheart (1995). He has been recognized for numerous other industry awards as well, including Oscar nominations for The Revenant (2015), Drive (2011), and Blood Diamond (2006). Bender is the co-founder of the |post-production| sound services company Soundelux.
While Bender is primarily known for his work on feature films, Bender has also provided sound design for a variety of commercials, created sonic branding for major corporations, and created the soundscape for Disney's Broadway production of Tarzan.
Bender is also an inventor and founder of several early-stage ventures, including companies that develop devices designed to assist individuals living with the effects of hearing loss.
A cycling enthusiast and a competitive race car driver, Bender resides in the Los Angeles area.