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Milburn Stone

Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams

Milburn Stone, born in Kansas on July 5, 1904, is best remembered for his 20-year performance as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams on Gunsmoke. Appearing throughout the show's entire run, he filmed approximately 500 episodes in all.

Perhaps encouraged by his uncle, well-known Broadway personality Fred Stone, Milburn left home as a teenager to act for a touring repertory company. He later appeared in vaudeville as a singer and dancer. Following a brief appearance on Broadway in Sinclair Lewis' The Jayhawkers, he moved to Los Angeles. A series of film roles followed, though none amounted to much.

When Gunsmoke came along in 1955, he was grateful for the opportunity. It wasn't until 1968 that he won an Emmy for the role. Milburn retired in 1975 at the end of Gunsmoke's TV run. By that time, his "Doc" title was official, as he had been awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College in—where else?—Dodge City, Kansas. He died of natural causes on June 12, 1980.

Character Bio

If it weren't for gunfights, Doc would be out of business. Bullet wounds are his bread and butter. He is the intellectual of Dodge City and one of Matt Dillon's closest friends. He is admired by the people of Dodge for his skill as a physician, but Doc is only as capable as 1870s medical science will allow. When asked for a prognosis, Doc invariably replies, "We'll have to wait and see."

Doc is a bachelor who lives in his office in downtown Dodge. When he's not practicing medicine, he's either visiting Matt at the jailhouse or talking with Kitty at the Long Branch Saloon. He and Festus represent opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum and consequently do not get along. He has a peculiar mannerism whereby he grabs his ear, then quickly grabs his nose. He does this about 12 times per episode.

Gunsmoke TV Schedule

Tuesday
March 31
1:00pm
Wheland's Men
An outlaw gang terrorizes Dodge City during Marshal Dillon's absence. Miss Kitty boldly challenges the leader to a poker game, with Dillon's life as the stake. Guest Stars: Harrison Ford, Gerald McRaney
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2:00pm
Kimbro
Matt Dillon learns that the man who taught him everything he knows is now an itinerant drunk reduced to sweeping out stables for whiskey money.
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Wednesday
April 1
1:00pm
Jesse
Brock Peters plays an old friend of Festus's, now a fugitive from the law.
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2:00pm
Talbot
An outlaw named Talbot falls in love with the widow of a man he was forced to kill in self-defense.
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Thursday
April 2
1:00pm
This Golden Land
Moshe Gorofsky, the son of a Russian immigrant, is killed in a brutal hazing accident by a hooligan named Ruxton. Guest Star: Richard Dreyfuss
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2:00pm
Matt's Loves Story
A wounded Matt Dillon loses his memory and falls in love with a widow.
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