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Rod Serling

Edwin Rodman Serling (December 25, 1924 - June 28, 1975) was a screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction TV series, The Twilight Zone. He was born in Syracuse, New York to Samuel and Esther Serling.

Rod Serling served as an Army paratrooper in the Pacific Theater in World War II and was seriously wounded in combat. He suffered from nightmares and flashbacks for the rest of his life. Serling graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1950.

Though more famous for his groundbreaking and compelling Twilight Zone television series, Serling had later also hosted the weekly series Night Gallery in the 1970s, although he had little creative control. Unlike Twilight Zone, the themes of Night Gallery were of horror and the supernatural. He also narrated documentaries featuring French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau.

During his lifetime, Rod Serling received six Emmys and his biggest successes in writing include:

  • Patterns (1956)
  • Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956)
  • The Comedian (1957)
  • A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958)
  • The Twilight Zone (1959 - 1964 television series)
  • Night Gallery (1970 - 1973 television series)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968 co-written with Michael Wilson)
He also wrote the pilot episode for a short-lived Aaron Spelling series called The New People in 1969.

Serling died due to complications from heart bypass surgery and is interred in the cemetery in Interlaken, New York.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Rod Serling Facts

Birth NameEdwin Rodman Serling
BirthdayDecember 25, 1924
BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, USA
Date of deathJune 28, 1975 (age 50)
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Rod Serling compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval
Studio One Anthology
Twilight Zone, The: The Complete Series
American Masters Presents: Rod Serling
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics
A Thing About Machines
Mr. Denton on Doomsday
Night Gallery: Season 1
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