Rod Serling died 40 years ago today

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by aaronvan, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    One of the greatest screenwriters in history and perhaps the best writer television writer ever. I’ve alway appreciated his skill with the word and his forward-looking social conscience. That he was an airborne trooper in WWII resonates with me, too.

    Most people of a certain age know The Twilight Zone (probably everybody knows Serling’s oft-imitated and lampooned clipped diction, even if they don't know it's origin.) but many people forget that he won six or seven Emmy’s for his non-TZ productions, too. In the 1950s and early 60s he was the most highly regarded writer in the business. Unfortunately, his later excursions such as Night Gallery were not of nearly the quality of his earlier work, mainly because he had much less creative control in the post-TZ years.

    A lifetime four pack-a-day smoker, Rod Serling was just 50 years old when he died.

    This interview is interesting in that some of the issues he mentions are still debated today.

  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    He was certainly quite an interesting man and let's not forget his contribution to the original Planet of the Ape movies.
  3. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    I remember being shocked by the news, because he was so young. If I recall correctly, he was having surgery because of his smoking-induced heart condition, and his heart seized right there on the table and he died. Sad.

    I also remember people commenting that his writing "didn't sound realistic", because occasionally characters would use formal phraseology or launch into soaring oratory. I didn't mind a bit. Serling wrote so beautifully, his words were a joy to listen to.

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