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Gunsmoke

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

Thursday
July 10
11:49am
Railroad
Matt blocks a railroad company's efforts to force Jim Graham off his land. The right-of-way dispute halts progress on a new track, which would link Omaha and Dodge.
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1:00pm
The Miracle Man
A slick-talking salesman, attended by three dissatisfied customers, is rescued by a farm widow.
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Friday
July 11
11:49am
Waco
Marshal Dillon has a long, hard ride back to Dodge City with a prisoner whose gang doggedly pursues them.
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1:00pm
Lobo
Matt is forced to slay an old friend when the man becomes a murderer, following his fanatic opposition to a bounty hunter's killing of a renegade wolf.
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Monday
July 14
11:49am
Johnny Cross
In Matt's absence, deputy Newly O'Brien tracks down a wanted man, saves him from the bounty hunters, and finally establishes his innocence. Harry Dean Stanton guest-stars.
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1:00pm
The Money Store
An impoverished widower is accused of stealing money from a bank in order to feed his two small children.
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