Aaron Sorkin

Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor
An exhaustive playwright-turned-screenwriter who lived in both figurative and literal darkness, Aaron Sorkin created some of the most intelligent, optimistic and entertaining television in recent memory. Through verbal ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1961 in Scarsdale, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Steve Jobs 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Social Network 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The American President 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Politician (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (11)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

30 Rock 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Social Network 2010 (Movie)

Ad Executive (Actor)

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Aide in Bar (Actor)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Man in Bar (Actor)

The Simpsons (Tv Show)

Voice
Producer (4)

The Newsroom 1999 - 2003, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

The West Wing 1999 - 2003, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Sports Night 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

The Politician (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An exhaustive playwright-turned-screenwriter who lived in both figurative and literal darkness, Aaron Sorkin created some of the most intelligent, optimistic and entertaining television in recent memory. Through verbal flourishes and idealistic characters who seemed to only fail from undying loyalty, Sorkin presented a fictional world that seemed at odds with his own harsh reality. But his unflinching onscreen idealism was made honest by the sheer density and scope of his writing, particularly on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), Sorkin's oft-awarded and highly-rated series about the inner workings of a White House populated by bright-eyed staffers and a charismatic president. Prior to that hugely successful show, Sorkin wrote a number of popular and critically acclaimed movies like "A Few Good Men" (1988), "Malice" (1993) and "The American President" (1995). He also created the popular half-hour series, "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000) and the short-lived drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). Following an adaptation of "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), Sorkin reached the apex of his screenwriting career by winning an Oscar for his work on "The Social Network" (2010) and continued receiving critical acclaim for "Moneyball" (2011). Though he had endured his share of personal problems, including a battle with crack cocaine, Sorkin maintained a high creative output and established himself as a bona fide moneymaker for the powers-that-be.

Relationships

Julia Bingham

Wife
Vice president of legal and business affairs at Castle Rock Entertainment; helped Sorkin enter rehab for cocaine addiction Married April 13, 1996 Divorced in 2005

Kristin Chenoweth Actor

Companion
Chenoweth appeared on Sorkin's series "The West Wing" (NBC); she was rumored to be inspiration for character of Harriet Hayes on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC) No longer together

Maureen Dowd Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

Megan Gallagher Actor

Companion
Appeared in Sorkin's play "A Few Good Men" (1989) Briefly engaged in 1989 No longer together

Roxy Sorkin

Daughter
Born Nov. 17, 2000; mother, Julia Bingham

Deborah Sorkin

Sister
Inspired Demi Moore's character in "A Few Good Men" (1992)

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1983

Milestones

2012

Created the HBO drama series "The Newsroom," about the inner workings of a cable news channel

2011

Penned the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' "Moneyball"

2010

Wrote the screenplay for the David Fincher directed "The Social Network," about the founding of the social networking website Facebook

2007

Returned to the theater to adapt his screenplay "The Farnsworth Invention," which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse; also opened on Broadway later that year

2007

Adapted "60 Minutes" producer George Crile's nonfiction novel Charlie Wilson's War for the big screen; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture

2006

Created the NBC series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," about the backstage drama at a late night sketch comedy show

2005

Adapted his play "A Few Good Men" for London's West End

2000

Signed a reported $16 million, four-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television

1999

Created, wrote and executive produced the NBC drama series "The West Wing"; left show at the end of its fourth season

1998

Created, wrote episodes and executive produced the ABC series "Sports Night," about the behind-the-scenes happenings on a sports show

1995

Re-teamed with Reiner to write the romantic comedy "The American President"

1993

Scripted the thriller "Malice"

1991

Made screenwriting debut with "A Few Good Men"; film directed by Rob Reiner

1990

First off-Broadway production, "Making Movies"

1989

Made Broadway debut with the production "A Few Good Men"

1988

Penned second play, a comedy called "Hidden in this Picture"

1988

Sold film rights to "A Few Good Men" to producer David Brown

1984

First produced play, "Removing Doubt"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1987, Sorkin started experimenting with marijuana and cocaine. In 1995, he checked into rehab at the Hazelden Institute in Minnesota on the advice of his then-girlfriend Julia Bingham.

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In the late 1990s, Sorkin was involved in writing the libretto for a stage musical based on the 1955 Oscar-winning Best Picture "Marty." After the success of "The West Wing," he dropped out of the project and was replaced by Rupert Holmes.

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In 2001, Sorkin along with colleagues John Spencer and Martin Sheen received the Phoenix Rising Award for their personal victories over substance abuse. Two months later, Sorkin relapsed.

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On April 15, 2001, Sorkin was arrested when guards at a security checkpoint at the Burbank Airport found hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana, and crack cocaine in his carry-on bag when a metal crack pipe set off the gate’s metal detector. Sorkin was allowed to enter a drug rehabilitation center in lieu of jail time or a felony conviction.

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Sorkin on reality television: "I think that it's not good for us as people. It's pretty much all based on schadenfreude and voyeurism. It's using other people's lives as entertainment. It's not reality – it's sort of staged fights and cattiness." – as told to Jeff Daniels, Interview, June/July 2012

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