But when I started writing, suddenly there was something that I brought to the party that was at a high-enough level." After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in 1983, Sorkin moved to New York City where he spent much of the 1980s as a struggling, sporadically-employed actor One weekend, while housesitting at a friend's place he found an IBM Selectric typewriter, started typing, and "felt a phenomenal confidence and a kind of joy that [he] had never experienced before in [his] life." He continued writing and eventually put together his first play, Removing All Doubt, which he sent to his old Syracuse theatre teacher, Arthur Storch, who was impressed.
In 1984, Removing All Doubt was staged for drama students at his alma mater, Syracuse University.
The laugh track was widely decried by critics as jarring, with Joyce Millman of describing it as "the most unconvincing laugh track you've ever heard".
Sorkin commented that: "Once you do shoot in front of a live audience, you have no choice but to use the laugh track.
When production on A Few Good Men wrapped up, Sorkin took over and resumed working on the Malice right through the final shooting script.
Harold Becker directed the film, a medical thriller released in 1993, which starred Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin. Vincent Canby in The New York Times described the film as "deviously entertaining from its start through its finish". Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times described the film as "genial and entertaining if not notably inspired", and believed its most interesting aspects were the "pipe dreams about the American political system and where it could theoretically be headed".
Meanwhile, David Brown was producing a few projects at Tri Star Pictures and tried to interest them in making A Few Good Men into a film but his proposal was declined due to the lack of star actor involvement.
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.
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.
Oftentimes [enhancing the laughs] is the right thing to do. Other times, it alienates me." Sorkin was triumphant in the second season when ABC agreed to his demands, unburdening the crew of the difficulties of staging a scene for a live audience and leaving the cast with more time to rehearse.
Sorkin entertained offers to continue the show on other television channels but declined all the offers as they were mainly contingent on his involvement which would have been a difficult prospect given that he was simultaneously writing The West Wing at that point.