Rod Serling

Rod Serling

American screenwriter
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Rod Serling

Rodman Edward Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975), was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator 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.

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Full name at birth
Rodman Edward Serling
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Claim to fame
TheTwilight Zone
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Date of birth
25 December 1924
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Place of birth
Syracuse, New York, USA
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Date of death
28 June 1975
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Age
50 (age at death)
Place of death
Rochester, New York, USA
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Cause of death
Heart Attack
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Resting place
Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken, New York
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Occupation
Writer, TV Personality, Actor, Producer
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5' 4" (163 cm)
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Net worth
$10,000,000 USD
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High school
Graduated from Binghamton High School in 1943.
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University
BA Literature, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH (1950)
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"If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer." * The Rod Serling bio page on the Internet Movie DataBase
  • In 1975, Serling had two severe heart attacks before entering Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for heart bypass surgery. He had a third heart attack during the operation and died the following day, at the age of 50.
  • Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "Twilight Zone" (1959).
  • Helen Foley, his schoolteacher, encouraged him in his writing and he always believed he owed his success to her. A teacher in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) was named Helen Foley in her honor.
  • Along with many other famous faces, he was a pie-in-the-face recipient on "The Soupy Sales Show" (1959) (aka The Soupy Sales Show). Serling's turn came in 1962.
  • Started writing during World War II while recuperating from his injuries.

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