Sorkin, Aaron: Writer Profile

Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for the political satire, “Charlie Wilson's War,” directed by Mike Nichols and starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in theater and made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men,” for which he received the John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Playwright. His subsequent film adaptation was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

He followed with the screenplays for “Malice,” starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, and “The American President,” starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.

West Wing

Sorkin produced and wrote the television series Sports Night for ABC for two years, winning the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics Association Award. He spent the next four years writing and producing the NBC series “The West Wing,” winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four years. For his work on “The West Wing,” Sorkin also twice received the Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize, the Television Critics Association Award and the Golden Globe, Writers Guild and Producers Guild Awards.

Most recently, he wrote and produced the NBC television series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Sorkin lives in Los Angeles with his daughter, Roxanne.