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Rod Serling Biography

Birth Name:
Edward Rodman Serling
Birth Place:
Syracuse, New York, United States
Writer, television host, narrator

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
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  • stamp released in 2009 as part of the 'Early TV Memories' stamp collection


  • 1965Writers Guild Awards-Drama: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-Television Producer/Director: winner
  • 1962Emmy-Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: nominated
  • 1961Emmy-Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: winner
  • 1960Emmy-Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: winner
  • 1959Emmy-Best Writing of a Single Dramatic Program-One Hour or Longer: nominated
  • 1956Emmy-Best Original Teleplay Writing: winner
  • 1956Emmy-Best Television Adaptation: nominated


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