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Also Known As: Aaron Benjamin Sorkin Died:
Born: June 9, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Scarsdale, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, actor, journalist

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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...

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.

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 American President, The (1995) Aide In Bar
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 A Few Good Men (1992) Man In Bar
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1984:
First produced play, "Removing Doubt"
1988:
Penned second play, a comedy called "Hidden in this Picture"
1988:
Sold film rights to "A Few Good Men" to producer David Brown
1989:
Made Broadway debut with the production "A Few Good Men"
1990:
First off-Broadway production, "Making Movies"
1991:
Made screenwriting debut with "A Few Good Men"; film directed by Rob Reiner
1993:
Scripted the thriller "Malice"
1995:
Re-teamed with Reiner to write the romantic comedy "The American President"
1998:
Created, wrote episodes and executive produced the ABC series "Sports Night," about the behind-the-scenes happenings on a sports show
1999:
Created, wrote and executive produced the NBC drama series "The West Wing"; left show at the end of its fourth season
2000:
Signed a reported $16 million, four-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television
2005:
Adapted his play "A Few Good Men" for London's West End
2006:
Created the NBC series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," about the backstage drama at a late night sketch comedy show
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 <i>Charlie Wilson's War</i> for the big screen; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
2010:
Wrote the screenplay for the David Fincher directed "The Social Network," about the founding of the social networking website Facebook
2011:
Penned the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' "Moneyball"
2012:
Created the HBO drama series "The Newsroom," about the inner workings of a cable news channel
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1983

Notes

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.

Sorkin was arrested in April 2001 for possession of a controlled substance when psychedelic mushrooms were discovered in his luggage at Burbank Airport. In June 2001, he was allowed to enter a drug rehabilitation center in lieu of jail time or a felony conviction. It was later found that Sorkin was carrying marijuana and crack cocaine as well as the mushrooms.

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companion:
Megan Gallagher. Actor. Appeared in stage production of "A Few Good Men" engaged; no longer together.
wife:
Julia Bingham. Executive. Married on April 13, 1996; vice president of legal and business affairs at Castle Rock Entertainment; helped Sorkin enter rehab for cocaine addiction; separated in summer 2001; filed for divorce.

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