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Rod Serling

Highest Rated:   100% Seven Days in May (1964)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
65% 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
90% 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
100% Seven Days in May
  • Screenwriter
1964
90% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Host Writer
  • 2017
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Screenwriter
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Host
  • Producer
  • 1988
  • 1985

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