Rod Serling

Born Dec 25, 1924

Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling was an American screenwriter, novelist, television producer, and narrator best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen and helped form television industry standards.… Read More

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1924 Birth Serling was born on December 25, 1924, in Syracuse, New York, to a Jewish family. … Read More
1926 1 Year Old Serling spent most of his youth 70 miles south of Syracuse in the city of Binghamton after his family moved there in 1926. … Read More


1943 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, the United States was involved in World War II at the time, and Serling decided to enlist, rather than start college, immediately after he graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1943. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 25, 1944, Serling received his overseas orders and saw that he was headed west through California. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old Serling returned from the successful mission in Leyte with two wounds (including one to his kneecap), but neither kept him from combat when General Douglas MacArthur used the paratroopers for their typical purpose on February 3, 1945. … Read More
1946 21 Years Old 1 More Event
After being discharged from the Army in 1946, Serling worked at a rehabilitation hospital while recovering from his wounds. … Read More
1948 23 Years Old He created the entire output for the 1948–1949 school year. … Read More
He and his new wife attended the awards broadcast on May 18, 1949, where he and the other winners were interviewed by the star of Dr. Christian, Jean Hersholt. … Read More
1950 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Serling began his employed professional writing career in 1950, when he earned $75 a week as a network continuity writer for WLW radio in Cincinnati, Ohio. … Read More
1952 27 Years Old According to his wife, Serling "just up and quit one day, during the winter of 1952, about six months before our first daughter Jody was born — though he was also doing some freelancing and working on a weekly dramatic show for another Cincinnati station."
1953 28 Years Old He and his family moved to Connecticut in early 1953. … Read More
1954 29 Years Old By the end of 1954, his agent convinced him he needed to move to New York, "where the action is." … Read More


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1957 32 Years Old In the autumn of 1957, the Serling family moved to California. … Read More
1959 34 Years Old On October 2, 1959, the classic Twilight Zone series, created by Serling, premiered on CBS. … Read More
1964 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1964, he decided to not oppose its third and final cancellation. … Read More


1966 41 Years Old The cast included Percy Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer, James Shigeta and Britt Ekland. Henry Mancini wrote the theme music, which was recorded for his 1966 holiday LP, A Merry Mancini Christmas. … Read More
1969 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, NBC aired a Serling-penned television film pilot for a new series, Night Gallery. … Read More
1973 48 Years Old Serling returned to radio late in his career with The Zero Hour (also known as Hollywood Radio Theater) in 1973. … Read More


Later he also taught at Ithaca College from the late 1960s until his death in 1975. … Read More
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