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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
May 26
12:38pm
Noose of Gold
An assistant attorney general uses Matt Dillon's long-standing friendship with an outlaw to further his political ambitions.
TV-G
1:49pm
Mistaken Identity
A fugitive assumes the identity of another man after the latter has apparently been fatally bitten by a rattlesnake.
TV-G
Wednesday
May 27
12:38pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 1
Down on his luck drifter is offered a dangerous, but profitable job of mixing nitroglycerine for outlaws who are using it to rob banks.
TV-G
1:49pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 2
George wants to quit making the nitro, feeling that his luck is running out, but his outlaw partners won't let him.
TV-G
Thursday
May 28
12:38pm
The Ladies from St. Louis
When a bank robber saves five nuns, the nuns look to a higher power to convince the man to turn himself in to the authorities.
TV-G
1:49pm
The Wreckers
When they are kidnapped by outlaws, Kitty helps Marshal Matt Dillon switch identities with a killer in order to escape.
TV-G