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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

Wednesday
July 29
12:38pm
The Gun
A young man kills a notorious gunfighter in self-defense and becomes the victim of an unscrupulous reporter's publicity build-up.
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1:49pm
Noon Day Devil
Pursued by Marshal Matt Dillon, a Mexican bandit seeks sanctuary with his twin brother, a priest.
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Thursday
July 30
12:30pm
The Witness
A family is held hostage by the relatives of a killer to prevent them from testifying at his trial.
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1:30pm
The Scavengers
To save his own life, a black man must falsely accuse a band of Indians of wiping out a wagon train. Guest Star: Cicely Tyson
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Friday
July 31
12:00pm
McCabe
An outlaw grabs a hostage while Marshal Dillon is trying to arrest him, forcing the Marshal to work out a deal.
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1:00pm
Sergeant Holly
An Army sergeant is accused of desertion and the theft of an Army payroll. Albert Salmi and Forrest Tucker guest-star.
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