Rod Serling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his anthology television series The Twilight Zone. Serling was known as the angry young man of Hollywood, often clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

A lot of his writing was influenced by his World War II service. Serling served as a paratrooper in the Pacific and took part in the Battle of the Philippines on Leyte and in the fighting in the capital of Manila. 

He was also a political activist, teacher, and test parachutist. He lived a full life that ended too soon when he died of a heart attack at the age of 50. 

Serling’s trademark narration that opened The Twilight Zone was mysterious, spooky, and mystical, if somewhat dark and foreboding,