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Aaron Sorkin

Highest Rated:   96% The Social Network (2010)
Lowest Rated:   59% Malice (1993)
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Despite being a writer whose impressive list of credits boasts The West Wing, the show considered by many viewers and critics to be the best American television series of the early millennium, Aaron Sorkin would be the first to admit the paralyzing fear that greets him every time he starts a new script. Though at first things may be slow going for the Emmy winner, once he gets going and the dialogue starts flowing, there's almost literally no stopping him. A New York native who graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Theater, Sorkin's initial bid for onscreen credit gradually waned as his reputation as a notable playwright grew due to the success of his play Hidden in the Picture. When his 1989 Broadway play A Few Good Men was turned into the 1992 feature that proved a runaway hit, Hollywood took notice. Sorkin next penned the screenplay for the 1993 thriller Malice; the feature was only lukewarmly received by critics and audiences, and was later overshadowed by his screenplay for the 1995 political romantic comedy The American President. This was followed by work as writer and executive producer on the universally hailed, but inexplicably short-lived, series Sports Night, and soon Sorkin was one of the most talented writers working in television. As popular as Sports Night was with critics and audiences, however, it was his next series that brought Sorkin his biggest success to date. Molded from dialogue left over from his bloated 385-page screenplay for The American President (most screenplays average only 120 pages), his initial scripts for the political TV series The West Wing were smart, fast-paced, and, according to Washington insiders, uncannily spot-on. Sorkin was arrested in April 2001 when authorities at Burbank Airport discovered hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana, and crack in his baggage; the writer was later ordered into a drug diversion program. By the time he announced his departure from The West Wing in May 2003, he had claimed three Emmys for his efforts and many thought the show had reached its creative peak. As he bid farewell to the NBC show, Sorkin was rumored to be preparing a series based on the backstage banter of a Saturday Night Live-style comedy sketch series.That program, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, lasted only a season, but it was three high-quality scripts produced after that show ended that solidified his status as one of the best screenwriters of his generation. The historical political film Charlie Wilson's War got strong reviews, but in 2010 Sorkin's screenplay for The Social Network resulted in one of the most decorated films of the year and captured the scribe Screenwriting awards from the Academy, BAFTA, the Golden Globes, the L.A and New York Critics, and the WGA. One year later he was back in the Oscar race with his work on the adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction baseball flick Moneyball. Never one to rest on his laurels, he returned in 2012 with HBO's The Newsroom -- a series centering on an apathetic news reporter (played by Jeff Daniels) who gradually begins to regain his integrity following a seismic shift in the ranks of his staff.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Molly's Game
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
86% Steve Jobs
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Screenwriter
2015
94% Moneyball
  • Screenwriter
2011
96% The Social Network
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Ad Executive
2010
82% Charlie Wilson's War
  • Screenwriter
2007
66% The Rock
  • Screenwriter
1996
90% The American President
  • Aide in Bar
  • Screenwriter
1995
59% Malice
  • Screenwriter
1993
81% A Few Good Men
  • Man in Bar
  • Screenwriter
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
63% The Newsroom
2012-2014
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Actor

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