Rod Serling

Rodman Edward Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator/on-screen host, best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his anthology television series The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues, including censorship, racism, and war.

Rod Serling
Dark-haired man holding a lit cigarette
Publicity photo of Serling, 1959
BornRodman Edward Serling
(1924-12-25)December 25, 1924
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 28, 1975(1975-06-28) (aged 50)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Resting placeLake View Cemetery
Interlaken, New York, U.S.
  • Playwright
  • screenwriter
  • television producer
  • narrator
EducationAntioch College (B.A. in Literature)
GenreDrama, speculative fiction, science fiction, horror fiction
Years active1946–1975
Notable works
Notable awards
Carolyn Louise Kramer
(m. 1948)
RelativesRobert J. Serling (brother)

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