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 .

North wrote the screenplay for the 1951 science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and is credited for creating the famous line from the film, " Klaatu barada nikto ".

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.

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