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, The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs.
Recalling the influence on him at college of drama teacher Arthur Storch, Sorkin recalled, after Storch's death in March 2013, that "Arthur's reputation as a director, and as a disciple of Lee Strasberg, was a big reason why a lot of us went to [Syracuse].
"You have the capacity to be so much better than you are", he started saying to me in September of my senior year. On the last day of classes, he said it again, and I said, "How? I've been coming through on his admonition ever since".
"I don't want to analyze myself or anything, but I think, in fact I know this to be true, that I enter the world through what I write.
By now, we are all very aware that Aaron Sorkin borrows material — from his own shows, from real-life reporters, from beloved early nineties football movies, and occasionally from his personal life. I thought it was worth re-emphasizing that."I will tell you that I fully cried, totally humiliated at the wreckage of what happens when you are a scheming little manipulating starfucker such as myself.
(Most famously, Harriet Hayes, the unfunny comedienne-slash–Evangelical Christian star of . Maybe it bothered me so much because I realized how close to the character I really was.