Friday Fact-File – TV Writers: #4 Aaron Sorkin - Raindance

4. Aaron Sorkin


DOB: June 9th 1961 (Age 52)

First TV break: 1988 (Age 27)

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an Academy and Emmy award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright.

Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Sorkin moved to New York where he worked as an actor through the 1980’s.

While working as a struggling actor, Sorkin worked odd-jobs, including but not limited to, limousine driving and singing telegram worker.

Aaron didn’t find writing till his late twenties, and started his career as a playwright, and 1988 he sold the film rights to his broadway play – A Few Good Men to producer David Brown for a reportedly “six figured sum”.

To date, Sorkin has 10 writing credits in both Film and TV credits such as,  A Few Good Men,  The West WingCharlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network, to name a few of his greatest hits.

“Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That’s what I look for.”

“Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we’ve asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.”

“Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.”