Joined the Army the day after graduating from high school and served as a paratrooper and demolition expert in the Pacific during World War II; was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Was a Golden Gloves boxer in the Army.
Wrote numerous scripts for radio and TV after leaving the Army and graduating from college; big break and first Emmy came with his 1955 business drama Patterns, which became the first TV program to be rebroadcast due to popularity.
Best known for creating, producing, hosting and writing more than half of the scripts for The Twilight Zone, the cult-classic series which also spawned movie and TV-series reboots.
Cowrote the 1968 sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes.
Hosted the syndicated game show Liar's Club in 1969.
Wrote the pilot script for the horror anthology series Night Gallery, which was the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg.
Was posthumously inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.
Was featured on a U.S. stamp released in 2009 as part of the 'Early TV Memories' stamp collection.
1960, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Winner
1961, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Winner
1962, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Nominee
1976, Writers Guild Awards — The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement: Winner
1956, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
1959, Emmy — Best Writing of a Single Dramatic Program-One Hour or Longer: Nominee
1958, Emmy — Best Teleplay Writing- One Hour or More: Winner
1964, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation: Winner
1956, Emmy — Best Original Teleplay Writing: Winner
1963, Golden Globe — Television Producer/Director: Winner
1965, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
1956, Emmy — Best Television Adaptation: Nominee
1957, Emmy — Best Teleplay Writing- One Hour or More: Winner
Robert Serling — Brother
Carolyn Louise Serling — Wife
Jodi Serling — Daughter
Anne Serling — Daughter
Esther Serling — Mother
Samuel Lawrence Serling — Father
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States (BA, 1950)