Aaron Sorkin modeled both Michael J. Fox's character Lewis Rothschild in The American President and Rob Lowe's character Sam Seaborn on The West Wing after George Stephanopoulos.
In 1995, Sorkin checked in at the Hazelden Institute, a rehab facility in Minnesota, for his freebase cocaine addiction.
In 2000, Aaron received a Peabody Award for his producing of the first season of The West Wing.
In 1978, Aaron graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York.
Aaron married Julia Bingham on April 13th 1996. The couple divorced in 2001.
Aaron says he used the leftover pages from The American President script he could not use as the beginning of his script for The West Wing.
Aaron's screenplay for The American President was originally 385 pages long, almost 3 times as long as a regular screenplay.
Aaron was actually asked by Steven Spielberg to help polish the script of his film Schindler's List.
Aaron had a contract with NBC that was worth $15 million dollars.
On June 19th 2001, a judge sentenced him to a drug-diversion program as a result of his arrest at a California airport for carrying marijuana, rock cocaine and hallucenogenic mushrooms.
Aaron's daughter, Roxy, was born November 17, 2000.
Aaron intitially wanted to be an actor, but quickly realized he was more talented as a writer.
In 1989, Aaron received the prestigious Outer Critics Circle award as Outstanding American Playwright for the stage version of "A Few Good Men".
Aaron's second play "Hidden in This Picture" debuted in 1988 at the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theater Bar.
Aaron says he got the plot idea for A Few Good Men from his sister Deborah who as a lawyer was once involved in a case of a Marine who killed another Marine.
Aaron achieved success with his very first play entitled "Removing All Doubt".
Aaron graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theater.
In 2002, Aaron won the Humanitas Prize Prize for his writing of The West Wing episode "Two Cathedrals".
In 1993, Aaron's screenplay for A Few Good Men was nominated for a Golden Globe.
In 1996, Aaron was nominated for a Golden Globe for his screenplay of The American President.
Aaron wrote the screenplay for the 1995 The American President.
He is currently producing a new series for NBC entitled Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, which follows the lives of an SNL-type show's crew members.
NBC has signed on for a full season (22 episodes) airing on Mondays at 10pm.
NBC canceled this show in the first year but aired the full season.
Received Emmy nominations for The West Wing in the catergories of:
1. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Writing 2000)
2. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Writing 2001)
3. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Writing 2002)
4. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Writing 2003)
Received Emmy awards for The West Wing in the catergories of:
1. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Writing 2000 with Rick Cleveland)
2. Outstanding Drama Series (Executive Producer, 2000)
3. Outstanding Drama Series (Executive Producer, 2001)
4. Outstanding Special Class Program (Executive Producer 2002 The West Wing: Documentary Special)
5. Outstanding Drama Series (Executive Producer, 2002)
6. Outstanding Drama Series (Executive Producer, 2003)
You'll meet a lot of people who, to put it simply, don't know what they're talking about. In 1970 a CBS executive famously said that there were four things that we would never, ever see on television: a divorced person, a Jewish person, a person living in New York City, and a man with a moustache. By 1980, every show on television was about a divorced Jew who lives in New York City and goes on a blind date with Tom Selleck.
Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit: things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You're too good for schadenfreude. You're too good for gossip and snark. You're too good for intolerance. And since you're walking into the middle of a presidential election, it's worth mentioning that you're too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy.