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Milburn Stone

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.

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Jul 5, 1904 In Burrton, Kansas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Cheers of the Crowd 1935-08-05
Latest Project:
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 1973-09-14
Known For
Poster of Gunsmoke
Poster of Climax!
Poster of Dragnet
Poster of Snow Dog
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1973-09-14
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22
Movie Drango Col. Bracken 1957-01-01
Movie The Long Gray Line John Pershing 1955-02-09
Movie White Feather Commissioner Trenton 1955-02-16
Movie The Private War of Major Benson Maj. Gen. Wilton J. Ramsey 1955-08-02
Movie Smoke Signal Sgt. Miles 1955-03-01
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Siege at Red River Sgt. Benjamin 'Benjy' Guderman 1954-05-01
Movie Black Tuesday Father Slocum 1954-12-31
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie The Sun Shines Bright Horace K. Maydew 1953-05-02
Movie Invaders from Mars Army Capt. Roth 1953-04-22
Movie Pickup on South Street Detective Winoki 1953-05-27
Movie Second Chance Edward Dawson 1953-07-18
Movie Arrowhead Sandy MacKinnon 1953-08-03
Movie The Atomic City Insp. Harold Mann 1952-05-01
Movie The Savage Cpl. Martin 1952-09-01
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Roadblock Egan 1951-09-17
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Movie The Racket Member of Craig's Team (uncredited) 1951-10-25
Movie No Man of Her Own Plainclothesman 1950-02-21
Movie Snow Dog Dr. F. J. McKenzie 1950-07-16
Movie Branded Dawson 1950-11-03
Movie The Fireball Jeff Davis 1950-11-09
Movie The Judge Martin Strang 1949-01-31
Movie The Green Promise Rev. Benton 1949-03-22
Movie Calamity Jane and Sam Bass Abe Jones 1949-07-04
Movie Sky Dragon Pilot Tim Norton 1949-04-27
Movie Train to Alcatraz Bart Kanin 1948-06-28
Movie Buck Privates Come Home Announcer 1947-04-04
Movie Killer Dill Maboose 1947-08-02
Movie Michigan Kid Lanny Slade 1947-08-11
Movie Killer McCoy Henchman (uncredited) 1947-12-01
Movie Heading For Heaven Elwood Harding 1947-12-06
Movie Smooth as Silk John Kimble 1946-02-01
Movie The Scarlet Horseman Narrator 1946-01-22
Movie Little Miss Big Father Lennergan 1946-01-01
Movie The Spider Woman Strikes Back Mr. Moore 1946-03-22
Movie Little Giant Prof. Watkins (uncredited) (voice) 1946-02-22
Movie Inside Job District Attorney Sutton 1946-06-14
Movie Her Adventurous Night Cop #1 1946-06-05
Movie Danger Woman Gerald King 1946-07-12
Movie Strange Conquest Bert Morrow 1946-04-01
Movie The Master Key Agent Tom Brant 1945-04-24
Movie I'll Remember April Willie Winchester 1945-04-01
Movie She Gets Her Man 'Tommy Gun' Tucker 1945-01-12
Movie Swing Out, Sister Tim Colby 1945-05-18
Movie Enemy Bacteria Doctor 1945-01-29
Movie The Frozen Ghost George Keene 1945-06-01
Movie The Daltons Ride Again Parker W. Graham 1945-11-23
Movie The Royal Mounted Rides Again Brad Taggart 1945-10-23
Movie Strange Confession Stevens 1945-10-05
Movie The Beautiful Cheat Lucius Haven 1945-07-20
Movie On Stage Everybody Fitzgerald 1945-07-13
Movie Prices Unlimited Unknown 1944-03-16
Movie Phantom Lady District Attorney (voice) 1944-01-28
Movie Hi, Good Lookin'! Gib Dickson 1944-03-22
Movie Moon Over Las Vegas Jim Bradley 1944-04-01
Movie Jungle Woman Fred Mason 1944-06-01
Movie Twilight on the Prairie Gainsworth 1944-04-30
Movie The Great Alaskan Mystery Jim Hudson 1944-04-25
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Duke Redman 1943-03-01
Movie Captive Wild Woman Fred Mason 1943-06-04
Movie Silent Witness Racketeer Joe Manson 1943-01-15
Movie Get Going Mr. Tuttle 1943-06-21
Movie You Can't Beat the Law Frank Sanders 1943-01-29
Movie Corvette K-225 Canadian Captain 1943-09-29
Movie Destroyer Radioman (uncredited) 1943-08-19
Movie Gung Ho! Cmdr. Blake 1943-12-20
Movie The Mad Ghoul Sgt. Macklin 1943-11-12
Movie Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Capt. Pat Vickery 1943-09-17
Movie Reap the Wild Wind Lieutenant Farragut 1942-03-26
Movie Pacific Rendezvous Hotel Desk Clerk 1942-05-21
Movie Invisible Agent German Sergeant (uncredited) 1942-08-07
Movie Eyes in the Night Detective Pete (Uncredited) 1942-10-16
Movie Rubber Racketeers Angel 1942-06-26
Movie The Phantom Cowboy Stan Borden 1941-02-14
Movie The Great Train Robbery Duke Logan 1941-02-28
Movie No Hands on the Clock FBI Agent 1941-12-01
Movie Death Valley Outlaws Jeff 1941-09-26
Movie Johnny Apollo Reporter (uncredited) 1940-04-19
Movie An Angel from Texas 'Pooch' Davis 1940-04-27
Movie Enemy Agent Meeker 1940-04-18
Movie Framed Mathew Mattison 1940-02-23
Movie Lillian Russell Jack - Reporter 1940-05-24
Movie Chasing Trouble Pat Callahan 1940-01-30
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Reporter 1940-09-13
Movie Give Us Wings Tex Austin 1940-12-20
Movie American Portrait George 1940-07-31
Movie The Great Plane Robbery Krebber 1940-12-09
Movie Colorado Don Burke - alias Capt. Donald Mason 1940-09-15
Movie Buyer Beware Fredericks (uncredited) 1940-08-17
Movie Mystery Plane Skeeter Milligan 1939-03-08
Movie Blind Alley Nick 1939-05-11
Movie Society Smugglers Peter Garfield 1939-03-01
Movie Made for Each Other Newark Official 1939-02-10
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Stephen A. Douglas (uncredited) 1939-06-09
Movie Blackwell's Island Max (uncredited) 1939-01-24
Movie King of the Turf Taylor 1939-02-17
Movie Tail Spin Kansas City Mechanic (Uncredited) 1939-02-19
Movie Tropic Fury Thomas E. Snell (as Milburne Stone) 1939-09-01
Movie Nick Carter, Master Detective Krebs - 2d hurt worker 1939-12-13
Movie Charlie McCarthy, Detective Joe Felton 1939-12-22
Movie Stunt Pilot 'Skeeter' Milligan 1939-06-30
Movie Fighting Mad Cardigan 1939-11-05
Movie Crashing Thru Delos Harrington 1939-12-11
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Head Busboy (uncredited) 1939-08-11
Movie Sky Patrol Skeeter Milligan 1939-09-11
Movie Danger Flight Skeeter 1939-11-01
Movie Port of Missing Girls Jim Benton 1938-02-24
Movie Mr. Boggs Steps Out Burns 1938-02-18
Movie Sinners in Paradise T.L. Honeyman 1938-05-19
Movie Paroled from the Big House Commissioner Downey 1938-07-29
Movie Wives Under Suspicion Kirk 1938-06-03
Movie California Frontier Mal Halstead 1938-12-15
Movie Wings Over Honolulu Telephone Operator 1937-05-16
Movie They Gave Him a Gun Defense Attorney (uncredited) 1937-05-07
Movie A Doctor's Diary Fred Clark 1937-02-16
Movie The 13th Man Jimmy Moran 1937-06-29
Movie Swing It Professor Lou Morgan 1937-03-13
Movie Federal Bullets Tommy Thompson, Federal Agent 1937-10-29
Movie Blazing Barriers Joe Waters 1937-07-04
Movie Music for Madame Detective (Uncredited) 1937-10-08
Movie Youth on Parole Ratty 1937-10-04
Movie Atlantic Flight Henry Wadsworth Schultz 1937-08-25
Movie The Princess Comes Across American Reporter (uncredited) 1936-05-22
Movie China Clipper Radio Operator 1936-08-11
Movie The Accusing Finger Convict 1936-11-17
Movie The Three Mesquiteers John 1936-09-22
Movie Two in a Crowd Kennedy (uncredited) 1936-10-03
Movie Cheers of the Crowd Reporter (uncredited) 1935-08-05