We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Who is Aaron Sorkin?

Michael Pollick
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
PublicPeople is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At PublicPeople, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Aaron Sorkin is a playwright and scriptwriter known for his use of dense, literate dialogue and lightning-fast banter between characters. His television credits include The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote the screenplays for The American President, Malice, and the screen version of his own play, A Few Good Men. There is also some evidence that he worked with Steven Spielberg on final drafts of Schindler's List.

Born in New York City in 1961, Sorkin grew up in the affluent New York City suburb of Scarsdale. His early interest was in the acting profession, and to that end he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. However, finding work as an actor proved to be a challenge, leading him to pursue a different career path as a writer. Several of his earliest plays were produced in smaller theaters to some critical acclaim, but a chance discussion with his sister inspired his first major success.

Sorkin's sister worked for a military legal office assigned to defend soldiers accused of murder at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Details of the case formed the basic storyline for his play A Few Good Men. The play would eventually be produced on Broadway, providing a much-needed break. He would also be involved with the screen adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson.

Following the success of A Few Good Men, he wrote the screenplay for a politically-tinged romantic comedy called The American President, featuring Michael Douglas as a widowed President attempting to date a lobbyist played by Annette Bening. The movie received solid reviews for the literate dialogue and realistic treatment of the Washington political scene.

Meanwhile, several television networks began vying for his writing services. ABC greenlighted his realistic comedy Sports Night in 1998, which became a critical favorite for its clever interplay and dialogue, but a ratings failure due to variable time slots and cerebral humor.

In 1999, NBC debuted The West Wing, a dramedy about the inner workings of the White House executive branch. Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, and John Wells, wrote many of the show's most popular episodes. His patented machine-gun dialogue and mixture of pop culture references gave the idiosyncratic characters real life. Originally written as a vehicle for actor Rob Lowe as a presidential speechwriter, The West Wing evolved into a strong ensemble cast leading parallel lives with the participants of the real White House.

His career was threatened in 2001, however, after he was detained at an airport for possession of marijuana, rock cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. He stepped away from the day-to-day writing responsibilities of The West Wing in order to pursue rehabilitation. After several years out of the Hollywood spotlight, Sorkin returned to begin work on a new project featuring many of the actors from his previous shows. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is loosely based on the backstage stories of NBC's long-running live comedy/music show Saturday Night Live. Sorkin has also written two other screenplays, Charlie Wilson's War and The Farnsworth Invention, chronicling the race to invent the television.

PublicPeople is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to PublicPeople, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.
Discussion Comments
Michael Pollick
Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to PublicPeople, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide...
Learn more
PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.