Aaron Sorkin, born June 9, 1961 in Manhattan, NY is a well-known screenwriter, famous producer and playwright. Aaron was raised in the wealthy suburb of Scarsdale, NY by his school teacher mother and copyright lawyer father. Aaron first got bit by the entertainment bug while attending Scarsdale High School. While in high school he became very involved in both the theater club and drama program and decided to make this field his career. Aaron was so enamored with the arts in fact that he decided to attend Syracuse University because of their world renowned arts program. Aaron graduated from Syracuse University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on Musical Theater.
After he graduated from college, Aaron Sorkin struggled for years to get his career off the ground. During the mid to late 1980’s Aaron found limited success in New York City as an actor, but did not become a household name. Aaron’s first real success in the entertainment business came when he wrote the play A Few Good Men. A Few Good Men received rave reviews from audiences for its well written and gripping subject matter. Aaron was also responsible for the screenplay when A Few Good Men because a film in 1992. Aaron wrote a few more films after A Few Good Men, but mostly served as a script doctor to problem scripts during the 1990’s.
Aaron Sorkin’s career as a famous producer began to pick up speed in 1998 with his work on the critically acclaimed television show Sports Night. Sports Night was well loved by critics not only for the high caliber of actors on the show, but also for Aaron’s excellently paced scripts. Aaron followed up his success on Sports Night with The West Wing. The West Wing ran from 1999-2006 and garnered tons of acclaim for its actors, including Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, as well as its tight dialog and timely plot lines. Aaron encountered a rare misstep in his role as a famous producer with the 2006-2007 series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was panned by both audiences and critics and only ran for one season.
After his trials with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin decided to return to the big screen. He wrote the screenplays for the hit films Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), The Social Network (2010) and Moneyball (2012). Aaron also made a triumphant return to television in 2012 with the HBO show The Newsroom, which has been widely discussed during its run.
Aaron Sorkin is almost as well known for his off screen life as he is for his professional work. Aaron was married to Julia Bingham from 1996-2005 and the couple had one child, a girl named Roxy. He has more recently been linked to famous actresses Kristin Chenoweth, who had appeared on The West Wing, and Sex and the City Star Kristin Davis. Aaron also had a well-publicized struggle with cocaine addiction. His struggles with addiction came to a head in 2001 when he was arrested and sought treatment. He is now considered to be in recovery.
Aaron Sorkin is considered by many to be both a script writing genius and power player in the television production industry.