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Rod Serling (1924–1975)


A former boxer, paratrooper and general all-around angry young man, Rod Serling was one of the radical new voices that made the "Golden Age" of television. Long before Twilight Zone (1959), he was known for writing such high-quality scripts as "Patterns" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight," both later turned into films (Patterns (1956) and Requiem for... See full bio »

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  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (created by - 44 episodes, 2002 - 2003) (written by - 1 episode, 2003) (story - 1 episode, 2003)
- Sunrise (2003) ... (created by)
- Burned (2003) ... (created by)
- The Executions of Grady Finch (2003) ... (created by)
- Homecoming (2003) ... (created by)
- Eye of the Beholder (2003) ... (created by) / (written by)
 2000 For All Time (TV Movie) (Twilight Zone episode "A Stop at Willoughby")
 2000 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie) (1970 teleplay) / (written by)
 1998 A Town Has Turned to Dust (TV Movie)
 1997 End of the Road (Short) (teleplay)
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie) (screenplay "Seven Days in May")
 1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (TV Movie) (story) / (written by)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (created by - 65 episodes, 1985 - 1989) (based on the story and teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1986) (story - 1 episode, 1988)
- A Game of Pool (1989) ... (created by)
- Father & Son Game (1989) ... (created by)
- Special Service (1989) ... (created by)
- Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (1989) ... (created by)
- Love Is Blind (1989) ... (created by)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (television series The Twilight Zone)
 1981 The Salamander (adaptation)
 1976 The Sad and Lonely Sundays (TV Movie)
 1976 Time Travelers (TV Movie) (story)
 1974 Rekvijem za teskasa (TV Movie)
  Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV Series) (1 episode, 1971) (teleplay - 19 episodes, 1970 - 1973) (written by - 11 episodes, 1969 - 1972)
- Something in the Woodwork (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Finnegan's Flight (1972) ... (written by)
- You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan/Smile, Please (1972) ... (teleplay - segment "You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan")
- Rare Objects (1972) ... (written by)
- The Caterpillar/Little Girl Lost (1972) ... (teleplay - segment "The Caterpillar")
 1972 The Man (screenplay)
 1970 Waar is iedereen? (TV Short)
 1970 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie)
 1969-1970 The New People (TV Series) (developer - 17 episodes)
- On the Horizon (1970) ... (developer)
- The Siege of Fern's Castle (1970) ... (developer)
- The Prisoner of Bomano (1969) ... (developer)
- The Guns of Bomano (1969) ... (developer)
- Speed Kills (1969) ... (developer)
 1968 Certain Honorable Men (TV Movie)
 1968 Planet of the Apes (screenplay)
 1966 The Doomsday Flight (TV Movie)
 1966 Assault on a Queen (screenplay)
 1966 Insight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Hate Syndrome (1966) ... (writer)
  The Loner (TV Series) (11 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (writer - 15 episodes, 1965 - 1966)
- To Hang a Dead Man (1966) ... (creator)
- The Burden of the Badge (1966) ... (creator)
- Pick Me Another Time to Die (1966) ... (creator)
- Incident in the Middle of Nowhere (1966) ... (creator)
- The Mourners for Johnny Sharp: Part 2 (1966) ... (creator) / (writer)
 1965 Der neue Mann (TV Movie) (play)
  Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1963 - 1965) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1964) (previous teleplay The Strike - 1 episode, 1964) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1963)
- Exit from a Plane in Flight (1965) ... (written by)
- The Command (1964) ... (adaptation) / (previous teleplay The Strike)
- A Slow Fade to Black (1964) ... (written by)
- It's Mental Work (1963) ... (teleplay)
- A Killing at Sundial (1963) ... (written by)
 1964 A Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
  Twilight Zone (TV Series) (created by - 156 episodes, 1959 - 1964) (written by - 71 episodes, 1959 - 1964) (teleplay - 21 episodes, 1959 - 1964)
- The Bewitchin' Pool (1964) ... (created by)
- The Fear (1964) ... (created by) / (written by)
- Come Wander with Me (1964) ... (created by)
- The Brain Center at Whipple's (1964) ... (created by) / (written by)
- Mr. Garrity and the Graves (1964) ... (created by) / (teleplay)
 1964 The Movie Maker (TV Movie) (written by)
 1964 Seven Days in May (screenplay)
 1963 Let Us Continue (Documentary short) (writer)
 1963 The Yellow Canary (writer)
 1963 Im Schatten des Krieges (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 Requiem for a Heavyweight (teleplay)
 1962 Incident in an Alley (story)
 1958-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Rank and File (1961) ... (writer)
- Come in Razor Red (1960) ... (writer)
- Noon on Doomsday (1958) ... (writer)
 1961 Der entscheidende Augenblick (TV Movie)
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (writer - 8 episodes, 1956 - 1960) (written by - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (script - 1 episode, 1958)
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... (writer)
- The Rank and File (1959) ... (writer)
- The Velvet Alley (1959) ... (writer)
- A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958) ... (writer)
- Bomber's Moon (1958) ... (writer)
 1959 Requiem voor een zwaargewicht (TV Movie)
 1959 Teledrama (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- O Vice-Presidente (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1959 Television Playwright (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Dark Side of the Earth (1959) ... (writer)
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Last Night in August (1958) ... (writer)
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Time Element (1958) ... (written by)
 1955-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Cause (1958) ... (writer)
- O'Toole from Moscow (1955) ... (writer)
 1958 Saddle the Wind (screenplay)
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957 Blood Money (TV Movie)
 1956 The Rack (teleplay)
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Finchley Versus the Bomb (1956) ... (writer)
 1955-1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Man with a Vengeance (1956) ... (writer)
- A Man with a Vengeance (1955) ... (writer)
 1955-1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Noon on Doomsday (1956) ... (writer)
- Incident in an Alley (1955) ... (writer)
- The Rack (1955) ... (writer)
 1956 The Catholic Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Beloved Outcasts (1956) ... (writer)
  Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1953 - 1955) (written especially for Studio One by - 2 episodes, 1954 - 1956)
- The Arena (1956) ... (written especially for Studio One by)
- U.F.O. (1954) ... (writer)
- The Strike (1954) ... (written especially for Studio One by)
- Herman, Come by Bomber (1954) ... (writer)
 1956 Patterns (original story and screen play)
  Climax! (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1955) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1955)
- Portrait in Celluloid (1955) ... (writer)
- To Wake at Midnight (1955) ... (writer)
- The Champion (1955) ... (adaptation)
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Director (1955) ... (writer)
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Strength of Steel (1955) ... (writer)
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Fateful Pilgrimage (1955) ... (writer)
 1954-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Garrity's Sons (1955) ... (writer)
- The Summer Memory (1954) ... (writer)
  Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes, 1953) (written by - 2 episodes, 1955)
- Patterns (1955) ... (written by)
- Patterns (1955) ... (written by)
- A Long Time Till Dawn (1953) ... (writer)
- The Blues for Joey Menotti (1953) ... (writer)
- Old Macdonald Had a Curve (1953) ... (writer)
 1952-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Save Me from Treason (1955) ... (writer)
- The Sergeant (1952) ... (writer)
 1955 The Challenge (TV Movie)
  Danger (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1954) (writer - 1 episode, 1954)
- Knife in the Dark (1954) ... (teleplay)
- One for the Angels (1954) ... (writer)
 1954 Center Stage (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Worthy Opponent (1954) ... (writer)
 1953-1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Muldoon Matter (1954) ... (writer)
- At Ease (1953) ... (writer)
 1954 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Walk in the Night (1954) ... (writer)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- They Call Them the Meek (1953) ... (writer)
- Twenty-Four Men in a Plane (1953) ... (writer)
- The Quiet Village (1953) ... (writer)
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Happy Headline (1953) ... (story)
 1952-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 8 episodes)
- The Return of Socko Renard (1953) ... (writer)
- A Time for Heroes (1953) ... (writer)
- The Inn of Eagles (1953) ... (writer)
- The Hill (1952) ... (writer)
- The Face of Autumn (1952) ... (writer)
 1953 Ponds Theater (TV Series) (writer)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series) (written for television by - 1 episode)
- Nightmare at Ground Zero (1953) ... (written for television by)
 1953 Man Against Pain (TV Movie) (writer)
 1953 Horace Mann's Miracle (TV Movie) (writer)
 1952 The Doctor (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Those Who Wait (1952) ... (writer)
- No Gods to Serve (1952) ... (writer)
 1952 I Lift Up My Lamp (TV Movie) (writer)
 1952 The Carlson Legend (TV Movie) (writer)
 1952 Shadow of the Cloak (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series) (1 episode, 1950) (writer - 1 episode, 1950)
- Grady Everett for the People (1950) ... (writer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Rod Serling's 'Night Gallery' Reader 2". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer. See more »

Trivia:

Ranked #1 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue), the only real person on the list. All the others are TV show characters. See more »

Trademark:

Brief summaries of stories at the start and a conclusion of the moral at the end See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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