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Years active  1935–1975
Children  Shirley Stone
Height  1.73 m
Role  Film actor
Name  Milburn Stone

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Born  July 5, 1904 (1904-07-05) Burrton, Harvey CountyKansas, U.S.
Resting place  El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley, California
Alma mater  Burtton, Kansas, High School
Occupation  Actor: "Doc Adams" on Gunsmoke
Spouse(s)  Ellen Morrison Stone (1925–1937, her death)Jane Garrison Stone (1939–1940, divorced) (remarried 1946–1980, his death)
Relatives  Fred Stone (uncle)Madge Blake (niece)
Died  June 12, 1980, La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
Buried  El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, California, United States
Movies and TV shows  Gunsmoke, Captive Wild Woman, Pickup on South Street, Arrowhead, Siege at Red River
Similar People  Amanda Blake, James Arness, Ken Curtis, Dennis Weaver, Buck Taylor

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Hugh Milburn Stone, sometimes known as Milly Stone (July 5, 1904 – June 12, 1980), was an American film and television actor best known as "Doc" (Dr. Galen Adams) on the CBS western series Gunsmoke.


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Stone was born in Burrton in Harvey County near Hutchinson in central Kansas, to Herbert Stone and the former Laura Belfield. There, he graduated from Burrton High School, where he was active in the drama club, played basketball, and sang in a barbershop quartet. His uncle (Stone's brother, Joe Stone, says cousin), Fred Stone, was a versatile actor who appeared on Broadway and in circuses.

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His brother, Joe, was a writer who was the author of scripts for three episodes of Gunsmoke.

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Although Stone had a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy, he turned it down, choosing instead to become an actor with a stock theater company headed by Helen Ross.


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In 1919, Stone debuted on stage in a Kansas tent show. He ventured into Vaudeville in the late 1920s, and in 1930 he was half of the Stone and Strain song-and-dance act. His Broadway credits include Around the Corner (1936) and Jayhawker (1934).

In the 1930s, Stone came to Los Angeles, California, to launch his own screen career. He was featured in the "Tailspin Tommy" adventure serial for Monogram Pictures. In 1940, he appeared with Marjorie Reynolds, Tristram Coffin, and I. Stanford Jolley in the comedy espionage film Chasing Trouble. That same year, he co-starred with Roy Rogers in the film Colorado in the role of Rogers's brother-gone-wrong.

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Stone appeared uncredited in the 1939 film Blackwell's Island. Stone played Dr. Blake in the 1943 film Gung Ho! and a liberal-minded warden in Monogram Pictures' Prison Mutiny in 1943. Signed by Universal Pictures in 1943, in the film Captive Wild Woman (1943), Jungle Woman (1943), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death [Captain Pat Vickery], (1944), he became a familiar face in its features and serials. In 1944, he portrayed a Ration Board representative in the Universal-produced public service film Prices Unlimited for the U.S. Office of Price Administration and the Office of War Information. One of his film roles was a radio columnist in the Gloria Jean-Kirby Grant musical I'll Remember April. He made such an impression in this film that Universal Studios gave him a starring role (and a similar characterization) in the 1945 serial The Master Key. The same year he was featured in the Inner Sanctum murder mystery The Frozen Ghost.

In 1955, one of CBS Radio's hit series, the western Gunsmoke, was adapted for television and recast with experienced screen actors. Howard McNear, the radio "Doc Adams," was replaced by Stone, who gave the role a harder edge consistent with his screen portrayals. He stayed with Gunsmoke through its entire television run, appearing in 604 episodes through 1975, often shown sparring in a friendly manner with co-stars Dennis Weaver and Ken Curtis, who played, respectively, Chester Goode and Festus Haggen.


In March 1971, Stone had heart bypass surgery at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. In June 1980, Stone died of a heart attack in La Jolla. He was survived by his second wife, the former Jane Garrison, a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, who died in 2002. Stone had married, divorced, and remarried Garrison. Stone had a surviving daughter, Shirley Stone Gleason (born circa 1926) of Costa Mesa, California, from his first marriage of 12 years to Ellen Morrison, formerly of Delphos, Kansas, who died in 1937. He was buried at the El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley, San Diego.


In 1975, Stone received an honorary doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas, where Gunsmoke was set but not filmed.

A painting of the Doc Adams character was commissioned from Gary Hawk, a painter from Stone's home state of Kansas. When then-U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan, a friend of Stone's, heard about the painting, Hawk was invited to the Oval Office to present the artwork to the President. Stone lived to see Reagan emerge as the likely Republican nominee for President in 1980 but not to witness Reagan's defeat of Jimmy Carter. Stone died in 1980, and Reagan was not inaugurated until 1981.

In 1968, Stone received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama for his work on Gunsmoke.

For his contribution to the television industry, Milburn Stone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1981, Stone was inducted posthumously into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. After his death, he left a legacy for the performing arts in Cecil County in northeastern Maryland, by way of the Milburn Stone Theatre in North East, Maryland.

Though he was five years her junior, Stone was an uncle of the character actress Madge Blake.


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