Trivia Was avidly into tennis and ping-pong.
He suffered from combat-related flashbacks and insomnia, often having nightmares due to his war experience for the rest of his life.
He now appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "Twilight Zone" (1959).
As a writer, his influences included H.G. Wells, Norman Corwin, Ernst Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, Edward R Murrow and H.P. Lovecraft.
His older brother was the novelist Robert Jerome Serling who wrote a lot of biographical information on aviation.
While working on "The Twilight Zone" with such a busy schedule, he usually dictated his scripts into a tape recorder and had his secretary type them up.
Rod actually 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. This is odd as his show "The Twilight Zone" dealt primarily more with fantasy and the supernatural rather than science-fiction.
While in the military, he fought in the Golden Gloves competition. He won all but his championship fight.
In high school he tried out for the football team, but was told by the coach he was too physically small at a mere 5'4" 1/2.
When his teleplay for "A Storm In The Summer" was re-made in 2000, he garnered a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Writing in a Children's Special" and a Writers Guild Award for "Best Children's Script" despite having been dead for the last twenty-five years. It was one many post-humorous honors for the late Serling.
Rod Serling Quotes
"Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself."
"Hollywood's a great place to live... if you're a grapefruit."
"Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull."
"It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears."
"There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy."
"Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, a talent becomes a curse."
"If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer."
(on being born Christmas day): "I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped."
"It is said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things. Science fiction is the improbable made possible, and fantasy is the impossible made probable."
"I think the destiny of all men is not to sit in the rubble of their own making but to reach out for an ultimate perfection which is to be had. At the moment, it is a dream. But as of the moment we clasp hands with our neighbor, we build the first span to bridge the gap between the young and the old. At this hour, it’s a wish. But we have it within our power to make it a reality. If you want to prove that God is not dead, first prove that man is alive."