Edmund Hall North (March 12, 1911 – August 28, 1990), was an American screenwriter who shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola in 1970 for their script for Patton .
He was a son of Bobby North and Stella Maury who performed in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies . North began writing plays while attending Culver Military Academy in Indiana and at Stanford University . As a major in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II he made training and educational films.
North was a former president of the screen branch of the Writers Guild of America in which he served on more than 40 committees, including the contract-bargaining panel.
North and his wife, Collette had two daughters. He lived in Brentwood, Los Angeles , and was 79 when he died.
Credits (alone or in collaboration)
- One Night of Love (1934)
- Bunker Bean (1936)
- I'm Still Alive (1940)
- Dishonored Lady (1947)
- Colorado Territory (1949)
- Flamingo Road (1949)
- Young Man With a Horn (1950)
- Only the Valiant (1950)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
- The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)
- Destry (1954)
- The Far Horizons (1955)
- The Proud Ones (1956)
- Cowboy (1958) (fronted for Dalton Trumbo )
- Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
- Damn the Defiant (1962) aka H.M.S. Defiant
- Patton (1970)
- Meteor (1979)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (screenplay credit)