Rod Serling

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  • Birth Name: Edward Rodman Serling
  • Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, United States
  • Died: June 28, 1975
  • Profession: Writer, Television host, Narrator
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation: Winner
  • 1976, Writers Guild Awards — The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement: Winner
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Teleplay Writing- One Hour or More: Winner
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Teleplay Writing- One Hour or More: Winner
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Television Adaptation: Nominee
  • 1965, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Writing of a Single Dramatic Program-One Hour or Longer: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Original Teleplay Writing: Winner
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Television Producer/Director: Winner
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Winner
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Nominee
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Winner
  • 1956, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Jodi Serling — Daughter
  • Anne Serling — Daughter
  • Robert Serling — Brother
  • Esther Serling — Mother
  • Samuel Lawrence Serling — Father
  • Carolyn Louise Serling — Wife

College

  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States (BA, 1950)

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  • Birth Name: Edward Rodman Serling
  • Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, United States
  • Died: June 28, 1975
  • Profession: Writer, Television host, Narrator