Rod Serling

Highest Rated: 95% Seven Days in May (1964)
Birthday: Dec 25, 1924
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
A master of suspense and the bizarre, Rod Serling is best remembered for his groundbreaking sci-fi television anthology series The Twilight Zone (1959-1965). Born in Syracuse, NY, the son of a wholesale meat dealer, Serling had a life-long interest in science fiction and the supernatural. During WWII, he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division. While in the military, Serling was also a noted boxer. Following an honorable discharge in 1946, the result of a shrapnel wound, he attended Antioch College and majored in physical education and then literature. While there, he began writing, directing, and acting in locally produced radio plays. In 1949, he sold his first television script, "Grady Everett for the People." He came to Hollywood to write teleplays full-time in the mid-'50s. Early on, Serling was noted for his intelligent and offbeat scripts. His teleplay Patterns earned him his first of five Emmys. With the Twilight Zone, Serling served as the host and oversaw each of the two stories presented per episode. He wrote many of the stories himself, most of which were known for their ironic twists. Serling also wrote a few screenplays, including Planet of the Apes (1968). Later, he returned to television to launch other anthology series such as Rod Serling's Night Gallery. He also was noted as the distinctive narrator of the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries. In addition to his television career, Serling often did cross-country college campus lectures and for a time was a professor at Antioch College. He died in 1975 during open-heart surgery.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Man of Miracles: Sathya Sai Baba Actor 2005
No Score Yet A Storm in Summer Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet In the Presence of Mine Enemies Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet The Enemy Within Screenwriter 1994
59% Twilight Zone: The Movie Narrator (End of 4th Segment) 1983
No Score Yet Encounter With the Unknown Actor 1975
No Score Yet In Search of Ancient Mysteries Narrator 1974
No Score Yet The Outer Space Connection Actor 1974
No Score Yet Encounter with the Unknown Narrator 1973
No Score Yet UFO's: It Has Begun Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Man Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Night Gallery Actor 1969
88% Planet of the Apes Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Doomsday Flight Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Assault on a Queen Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas Screenwriter 1964
95% Seven Days in May Screenwriter 1964
91% Requiem for a Heavyweight Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Saddle the Wind Screenwriter 1958
No Score Yet Comedian Screenwriter 1957
80% Patterns Actor 1956
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas Actor Director 1951


80% The Twilight Zone
Executive Producer Host Screenwriter Producer Host Writer
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 1989
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
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  • 1959
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
Host Producer
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1985
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Host Screenwriter
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
  • 1972


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