Nominated for Oscars for his screenplays for 2005's Munich and 2012's Lincoln. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1993 play Angels in America.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies from Colombia in 1978.
He received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013.
His marriage to Mark Harris was the first same-sex marriage to be featured in the Vows column of The New York Times.
His screenplays for Munich and Lincoln were both made into films directed by Steven Spielberg.