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is an American screenwriter, director, producer and playwright.
His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Moneyball and Steve Jobs.
Sorkin conceived the political drama The West Wing in 1997 when he went unprepared to a lunch with producer John Wells and in a panic pitched to Wells a series centered on the senior staff of the White House, He told Wells about his visits to the White House while doing research for The American President, and they found themselves discussing public service and the passion of the people who serve.
Wells took the concept and pitched it to the NBC network, but was told to wait because the facts behind the Lewinsky scandal were breaking and there was concern that an audience would not be able to take a series about the White House seriously."Stockard had done an episode of the show as the First Lady ...
In 1984, Removing All Doubt was staged for drama students at his alma mater, Syracuse University.
Sorkin got the inspiration to write his next play, a courtroom drama called A Few Good Men, from a phone conversation with his sister Deborah (who had graduated from Boston University Law School and signed up for a three-year stint with the U. Sorkin took that information and wrote much of his story on cocktail napkins while bartending at the Palace Theatre.
He and his roommates had purchased a Macintosh 512K so when he returned home he would empty his pockets of the cocktail napkins and type them into the computer, forming a basis from which he wrote many drafts for A Few Good Men.
Rob Reiner, a Castle Rock producing partner, opted to direct it.
Goldman also approached Sorkin with a story premise, which Sorkin developed into the script for Malice.
After that, he wrote Hidden in This Picture which debuted off-off-Broadway at Steve Olsen's West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City in 1988.