Rod Serling

Screenwriter, Narrator, Host
Best-remembered for creating, producing, hosting and (sometimes) writing the classic TV horror and sci-fi series "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-64), Serling himself preferred his earlier TV writing. He grew up in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Writer

A Storm in Summer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Enemy Within 1994 (Movie)

from screenplay("Seven Days in May") (From Story)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

The Oath: the Sad and Lonely Sundays 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

The Man 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Storm in Winter 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The New People 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Creator

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Assault on a Queen 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

The Time Element 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Writer

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Writer

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Writer

The Comedian 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Writer

Patterns 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Patterns 1956 (Movie)

from teleplay (Play as Source Material)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

from teleplay (Play as Source Material)

A Storm in Summer (TV Show)

Screenplay

A Town Has Turned to Dust (TV Show)

Screenplay

In the Presence of Mine Enemies (TV Show)

Writer (adaptation)

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Writer

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Yellow Canary (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Time Travelers (TV Show)

From Story
Actor (7)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Space Connection 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Deadly Fathoms 1972 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

1968("Planet of the Apes" theatrical motion picture adaptation) (Other)

For All Time (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Best-remembered for creating, producing, hosting and (sometimes) writing the classic TV horror and sci-fi series "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-64), Serling himself preferred his earlier TV writing. He grew up in the bucolic small town of Binghamton, NY, a milieu he would often return to in his work. After serving as a paratrooper in WWII, Serling wrote radio plays at college and eventually turned pro. He broke into TV in 1951, and was soon supplying scripts for "Kraft Television Theater" (NBC), "Studio One" (CBS), "Matinee Theater" (NBC) and "Playhouse 90" (CBS). Serling's first big hit was the psychological drama "Patterns", shown on "Kraft Television Theater" in 1955 and made into a film that same year. Winning the first of six Emmys, he was signed to a first-purchase rights contract by CBS and went on to pen the Emmy-winning dramas "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1956) and "The Comedian" (1957), and scores of other TV scripts.

Relationships

Carolyn Serling

Wife
married on July 31, 1948 survived him

Samuel Serling

Father
worked as secretary for General George C. Goethals, supervisor of construction on the Panama Canal born 1890, died died of heart attack at age 55 in 1945

Esther Serling

Mother
died 1958

Jody Serling

Daughter
born c. 1950 survived him

Nan Serling

Daughter
born 1955 survived him

Robert Serling

Brother
older survived him

EDUCATION

Antioch College

Yellow Springs , Ohio 1946 - 1949

Milestones

1976

Last writing for TV included the ABC medical anthology drama pilot, "Oath: The Sad and Lonely Sundays"

1968

Hosted the syndicated game show, "The Liar's Club"

1966

Wrote first TV-movie, "The Doomsday Flight", for NBC

1958

First credit as screenwriter, "Saddle the Wind"

1956

First teleplay adapted for film, "The Rack"

1948

Worked as manager of Antioch College's radio station

Wrote for the syndicated anthology series, "Matinee Theater"

Served as paratrooper in Pacific, WWII

Created the CBS Western series, "The Loner"

Created the short-lived ABC drama series, "The New People"

Earliest TV writing experience, creating episodes of the anthology drama programs, "Kraft Television Theater" and "Studio One"

Wrote for the CBS suspense anthology series, "Pursuit"

Created and hosted the NBC horror and fantasy anthology series, "Night Gallery/Rod Serling's Night Gallery"

Created, executive produced, hosted and often wrote for the CBS horror and fantasy anthology series, "Twilight Zone"

Wrote for the CBS adventure series, "Appointment with Adventure"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1985

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Received the Purple Heart for service in WWII

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