Rod Serling was an American screenwriter, producer and narrator who is best known as the creator of the 'Emmy' and 'Golden Globe'-winning science-fiction anthology TV series, 'The Twilight Zone' (1959-64), and for co-writing the top grossing 1968 science fiction film 'Planet of the Apes' with Michael Wilson.
His first writing credit was for the radio program, ‘Dr. Christian’, in 1949. His also worked on the radio programs ‘Adventure Express’, Leave it to Kathy’, ‘Our America’, and ‘Builders of Destiny’. He later started working as a freelancer on dramatic TV anthology shows like ‘Kraft Television Theater’, ‘Appointment with Adventure’ and 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'. He gained fame after Kraft Television Theater aired an episode based on his script, ‘Patterns’, and continued to write successful teleplays including 'Requiem for a Heavyweight' (1956) and 'The Comedian' (1957), for the TV series 'Playhouse 90' in 1956.
'Requiem for a Heavyweight' was later adapted into a film in 1962. He also wrote scripts for many successful telefilms like 'The Man in the Funny Suit' (1960), 'The Yellow Canary' (1963), 'A Carol for Another Christmas' (1964), 'The Doomsday Flight' (1966), and 'The Man' (1972), and the TV series 'The Loner' (1965) and 'Night Gallery' (1970-73).