Writer, Director Aaron Sorkin Reveals He Had A Stroke Last Fall: ‘It Was A Loud Wake-Up Call’

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Hollywood veteran Aaron Sorkin just revealed that he had a stroke in November, two months before “Camelot” rehearsals began.

The 61-year-old playwright and film director told The New York Times that his blood pressure got so high that he was “supposed to be dead.” 

He was slurring words, had trouble typing, and was told not to fly, the Times noted. While the effects of the stroke have been gradually fading, he still isn’t able to taste food.

“Mostly it was a loud wake-up call,” Sorkin told the publication. “I thought I was one of those people who could eat whatever he wanted, smoke as much as he wanted, and it’s not going to affect me. Boy, was I wrong.”

The Academy Award winner said later, “There was a minute when I was concerned that I was never going to be able to write again, and I was concerned in the short-term that I wasn’t going to be able to continue writing ‘Camelot.’”

Sorkin also said he never intended to discuss what happened publicly but is now deciding to speak up in hopes of helping someone else. 

“If it’ll get one person to stop smoking, then it’ll be helpful,” the screenwriter said, mentioning how he smoked two packs of cigarettes daily for several years. 

“Let me make this very, very clear,” Sorkin insisted. “I’m fine. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I can’t work. I’m fine.”


Sorkin’s 2018 Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was nominated for nine Tony Awards. His newest project, “Camelot,” is scheduled to debut on April 13.

The Hollywood creator is a liberal but spoke out against some leftist agenda items in the past, including the trend of only casting LGBT actors to play LGBT roles. “It’s heartbreaking and a little chilling to see members of the artistic community resegregating ourselves,” he said in 2021 while discussing “representation” in casting.

“You can act being attracted to someone, but can’t act gay or straight. So this notion that only gay actors should play gay characters? That only a Cuban actor should play Desi? Honestly, I think it’s the mother of all empty gestures and a bad idea,” Sorkin said at the time.

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