Aaron Sorkin was born on June 9, 1961 in New York City, New York. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Theater, Aaron started to pursue a career in acting. However, he soon discovered that his real passion and talent was writing.
As a Broadway writer, Aaron wrote several plays including A Few Good Men
, which was later made into a major motion picture and helped jump-start is career as a Hollywood writer. Sorkin then went on to write two more plays, 1990's Hidden in this Picture
and 1992's Making Movies
, and was involved in the writing of several films including Malice
, The American President
, and the upcoming The Farnsworth Invention
In 1998, Aaron made his television writing debut on the ABC series Sports Night
which he created and produced. Prior to Sport Night's
cancellation in 2000, Sorkin created, wrote and produced NBC's The West Wing
. Sorkin's critically acclaimed writing, memorable lines and fast-paced dialogue for The West Wing
landed the show 9 Emmys in its debut season and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. At the end of the show's fourth season, Sorkin decided to leave the show.
Sorkin was arrested for the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and crack cocaine on April 15, 2001 at a security checkpoint at the Burbank Airport. He was able to avoid jail time for the incident and was ordered to attend a drug-diversion program.
In 2005, NBC announced that Sorkin's newest project, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, had been picked up by the network and is set to premiere on September 18, 2006.