Biography

After penning a number of off-Broadway plays, Sorkin made it to the Great White Way with the 1989 legal military drama A Few Good Men, selling the film rights before the show even premiered. Three years later the play was turned into an Oscar-nominated film, thus launching his Hollywood career. Sorkin then transitioned into television, as he and his frequent collaborator, director-producer Thomas Schlamme, created a succession of witty, poignant and critically acclaimed series set behind the scenes at a sports show (the beloved but short-lived Sports Night), the White House (West Wing) and a late-night sketch-comedy show (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). Each were characteristically filled with crackling dialogue and fascinating characters, and Sorkin wrote almost all the scripts single-handedly. Following the cancellation of Studio 60 after just one season in 2007, Sorkin returned to the movies by writing the scripts for the 2007 political comedy-drama Charlie Wilson's War and the 2010 docudrama The Social Network, about the rise of the Web site Facebook. Ironically, Sorkin's dream growing up was to get involved in show business as an actor, and only eventually realized that his true calling was as a writer.

Fast Facts

  • Sold the film rights to A Few Good Men before the play even premiered. The plot was based on a real-life incident related to Sorkin by his sister Deborah, a Navy JAG lawyer.
  • Did uncredited work rewriting the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama Schindler's List.
  • Turned in a 385-page first-draft screenplay for 1995's The American President. Unused material from that script was later adapted for the TV series The West Wing.
  • Received the Humanitas Prize for the 1999 West Wing episode "In Excelsis Deo."
  • Had cameo appearances in the films A Few Good Men (1992) and The American President (1995), as well as episodes of Sports Night and The West Wing.
  • Originally tried to make it in show business as an actor.

Awards

  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee
  • 2011, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2012, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1996, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2017, Writers Guild Awards — The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Julia Bingham — Ex-wife
  • Deborah Sorkin — Sister
  • Megan Gallagher — Ex-significant Other
  • Kristin Chenoweth — Ex-significant Other
  • Roxy Sorkin — Daughter

College

  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States (BFA in Theatre, 1983)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Aaron Benjamin Sorkin
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer

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