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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

Friday
August 1
11:19am
The Cage
When a young outlaw becomes the victim of his own gang, he decides to help Marshal Matt Dillon bring them in.
TV-G
12:30pm
The War Priest
Kitty, en route from Owl Flats to Dodge City by buckboard, is kidnapped by Apache war priest Gregorio, an escaped cavalry prisoner.
TV-G
Monday
August 4
11:49am
The Pack Rat
A wily little orphan-thief first steals from Marshal Dillon, then sets out to help him in an impending ambush. Loretta Swit guest-stars.
TV-G
1:00pm
The Judas Gun
The feud between ranchers Noah Haimes and Clete Bolden is rekindled by the romance of Haimes's only son and Bolden's only daughter.
TV-G
Tuesday
August 5
11:19am
Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D.
When an old friend of Doc Adams is suspected of being a thief, Doc takes it upon himself to bring the man to justice.
TV-G
12:30pm
The Badge
Kitty Russell, seeing Matt wounded again, closes the Longbranch and leaves Dodge City to become a partner with an old friend. Beverly Garland guest-stars.
TV-G