Rod Serling

Birth Name: Rodman Edward Serling

Date of Birth: December 25, 1924

Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: June 28, 1975

Place of Death: Rochester, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Rod Serling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator. He created the The Twilight Zone franchise.

Rod was the son of Esther Lillian (Cooper) and Samuel Lawrence Serling. His father was born in Michigan, to Jewish parents from Russia/Poland. His mother was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant. His brother was novelist and aviation writer Robert J. Serling. Rod was married to Carolyn Kramer, until his death. The couple had two children. Rod joined the Unitarian church with Carolyn. Unitarianism does not require adherence to Christianity.

Rod’s paternal grandfather was Israel/Itche/Isaac/Isador Serling (the son of Shimon Shimel Serlin). Israel was born in Jałówka, białostocki, podlaskie, Poland. Shimon was the son of Yankel Oyzer Szerling and Chana Laja.

Rod’s paternal grandmother was Anna Shacolsky (the daughter of Arie Leib Shacolsky).

Rod’s maternal grandparents were Myer Cooper and Rose Cohn/Cohen.

Sources: Genealogy of Rod Serling –

Rod Serling on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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