Don Payne (born May 5, 1964 in Wilmington, North Carolina) was an American writer. On The Simpsons he has often co-written episodes with John Frink. He has recently moved to screenwriting. Payne has written such movies as My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Thor (2011) and its sequel (2013). He passed away on the evening of March 26th, 2013.  In White Christmas Blues, Payne appears as an angel next to an angel of Edna Krabappel in tribute.