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Hugh Milburn Stone (July 5, 1904 – June 12, 1980) was an American actor, best known for his role as "Doc" (Dr. Galen Adams) on the CBS Western series Gunsmoke.

Stone was born in Burrton, 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 brother, Joe, was a writer who was the author of scripts for three episodes of Gunsmoke.

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' brother-gone-wrong.

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 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, with the exception of 7 episodes in 1971, when Stone required heart surgery and Pat Hingle replaced him as Dr. Chapman. Stone appeared 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 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 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 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hugh Milburn Stone (July 5, 1904 – June 12, 1980) was an American actor, best known for his role as "Doc" (Dr. Galen Adams) on the CBS Western series Gunsmoke.

Stone was born in Burrton, 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 brother, Joe, was a writer who was the author of scripts for three episodes of Gunsmoke.

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' brother-gone-wrong.

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 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, with the exception of 7 episodes in 1971, when Stone required heart surgery and Pat Hingle replaced him as Dr. Chapman. Stone appeared 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 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 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 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 119

Birthday 1904-07-05

Day of Death 1980-06-12

Place of Birth Burrton, Kansas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Milburne Stone

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1 episode)
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1 episode)
1957 Drango as Col. Bracken
1955 Gunsmoke (633 episodes)
1955 The Private War of Major Benson as Maj. Gen. Wilton J. Ramsey
1955 Smoke Signal as Sgt. Miles
1955 White Feather as Commissioner Trenton
1955 The Long Gray Line as Capt. John Pershing
1954 Black Tuesday as Father Slocum
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Siege at Red River as Sgt. Benjamin 'Benjy' Guderman
1953 Arrowhead as Sandy MacKinnon
1953 Second Chance as Edward Dawson
1953 Pickup on South Street as Detective Winoki
1953 The Sun Shines Bright as Horace K. Maydew
1953 Invaders from Mars as Army Capt. Roth
1952 The Savage as Cpl. Martin
1952 The Atomic City as Insp. Harold Mann
1951 Dragnet (2 episodes)
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 Roadblock as Egan
1950 The Fireball as Jeff Davis
1950 Branded as Dawson
1950 Snow Dog as Dr. F. J. McKenzie
1950 No Man of Her Own as Plainclothesman
1949 The Sky Dragon as Pilot Tim Norton
1949 The Green Promise as Rev. Benton
1949 The Judge as Martin Strang
1948 Train to Alcatraz as Bart Kanin
1947 Heading For Heaven as Elwood Harding
1947 Killer McCoy as Henchman (uncredited)
1947 Killer Dill as Maboose
1946 Danger Woman as Gerald King
1946 Inside Job as District Attorney Sutton
1946 Strange Conquest as Bert Morrow
1946 The Spider Woman Strikes Back as Mr. Moore
1946 Smooth as Silk as John Kimble
1946 The Scarlet Horseman as Narrator
1945 The Daltons Ride Again as Parker W. Graham
1945 The Royal Mounted Rides Again as Brad Taggart
1945 Strange Confession as Stevens
1945 The Beautiful Cheat as Lucius Haven
1945 On Stage Everybody as Fitzgerald
1945 The Frozen Ghost as George Keene
1945 Swing Out, Sister as Tim Colby
1945 The Master Key as Agent Tom Brant
1945 I'll Remember April as Willie Winchester
1945 Enemy Bacteria as Doctor
1945 She Gets Her Man as 'Tommy Gun' Tucker
1944 Jungle Woman as Fred Mason
1944 Twilight on the Prairie as Gainsworth
1944 The Great Alaskan Mystery as Jim Hudson
1944 Moon Over Las Vegas
1944 Hi, Good Lookin'! as Gib Dickson as Bill Eaton
1944 Prices Unlimited
1944 Phantom Lady as District Attorney (voice)
1943 The Mad Ghoul as Sgt. Macklin
1943 Corvette K-225 as Canadian Captain
1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death as Capt. Pat Vickery
1943 Destroyer as Radioman (uncredited)
1943 Get Going as Mr. Tuttle
1943 Captive Wild Woman as Fred Mason
1943 Keep 'em Slugging as Duke Redman
1943 You Can't Beat the Law as Frank Sanders
1943 Silent Witness as Racketeer Joe Manson
1942 Eyes in the Night as Detective Pete (uncredited)
1942 Invisible Agent as German Sergeant (uncredited)
1942 Reap the Wild Wind as Lt. Farragut
1941 No Hands on the Clock as FBI Agent
1941 Death Valley Outlaws as Jeff
1941 The Great Train Robbery as Duke Logan
1941 The Phantom Cowboy as Stan Borden
1940 Give Us Wings as Tex Austin
1940 Colorado as Don Burke - alias Capt. Donald Mason
1940 Public Deb No. 1 as Reporter
1940 Buyer Beware as Fredericks (uncredited)
1940 American Portrait as George
1940 Lillian Russell as Jack - Reporter
1940 An Angel from Texas as 'Pooch' Davis
1940 Johnny Apollo as Reporter
1940 Enemy Agent as Meeker
1940 Framed as Mathew Mattison
1940 Chasing Trouble as Pat Callahan
1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective as Joe Felton
1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective as Krebs - 2d hurt worker
1939 Crashing Thru as Delos Harrington
1939 Fighting Mad as Cardigan
1939 Danger Flight as Skeeter
1939 Sky Patrol as Skeeter Milligan
1939 When Tomorrow Comes as Head Busboy (uncredited)
1939 Stunt Pilot as 'Skeeter' Milligan
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln as Stephen A. Douglas (uncredited)
1939 Blind Alley as Nick
1939 Mystery Plane as Skeeter Milligan
1939 Blackwell's Island as Max (deputy commissioner)
1939 Society Smugglers as Peter Garfield
1939 Tail Spin as Kansas City Mechanic
1939 King of the Turf as Taylor
1939 Made for Each Other as Newark Official
1938 Paroled from the Big House as Commissioner Downey
1938 Wives Under Suspicion as Kirk
1938 Sinners in Paradise as T.L. Honeyman
1938 Port of Missing Girls as Jim Benton
1938 Mr. Boggs Steps Out as Burns
1937 Federal Bullets as Tommy Thompson, Federal Agent
1937 Music for Madame as Detective
1937 Youth on Parole as Ratty
1937 Atlantic Flight as Henry Wadsworth Schultz
1937 Blazing Barriers as Joe Waters
1937 The 13th Man as Jimmy Moran
1937 Wings Over Honolulu as Telephone Operator
1937 They Gave Him a Gun as Defense Attorney (uncredited)
1937 Swing It Professor as Lou Morgan
1937 A Doctor's Diary as Fred Clark
1936 The Accusing Finger as Convict
1936 Two in a Crowd as Kennedy (uncredited)
1936 The Princess Comes Across as American Reporter (uncredited)
1935 Cheers of the Crowd as Reporter (uncredited)

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