Milburn Stone Biography
Hugh Milburn Stone (July 5, 1904 – June 12, 1980) was an American actor best known for his role on the CBS Western series Gunsmoke as “Doc” (Dr. Galen Adams).
Milburn Stone Family
Herbert Stone and the former Laura Belfield raised Stone in Burrton, Kansas. He attended Burrton High School and was a member of the theatre club, basketball team, and performed in a barbershop quartet. Their uncle Fred Stone, according to Stone’s brother Joe, was a talented performer who played on Broadway and in circuses).
Stone rejected down a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy, preferring instead to work as an actor with Helen Ross’s stock theater group.
Milburn Stone Net Worth
Milburn Stone had a net worth of $2.5 million at the time of his death, he was an American actor.
Milburn Stone Daughter
Shirley Stone Gleason (born about 1926) of Costa Mesa, California, was Stone’s surviving daughter from his 12-year marriage to Ellen Morrison, formerly of Delphos, Kansas, who died in 1937.
Milburn Stone Wife
Jane Garrison, his second wife and a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, died in 2002. Garrison had been married, divorced, and remarried by Stone. His first wife was Ellen Morrison (m. 1925–1937).
Milburn Stone Cause of Death
Stone underwent cardiac bypass surgery at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, in March 1971. Stone died of a heart attack at La Jolla in June 1980. He was laid to rest in Sorrento Valley, San Diego’s El Camino Memorial Park.
Milburn Stone Age at Death
Milburn died on June 12, 1980 (aged 75), in La Jolla, California, U.S.
Doc Adams (Gunsmoke) Biography
Dr. Charles Adams was played by Howard McNear in the radio series, and Dr. Galen Adams was played by Milburn Stone in the television adaptation. “Doc” Adams was a self-interested and somewhat sinister character in the radio series, with a penchant for always wanting to enhance his money through the acquisition of autopsy fees. McNear’s performances, on the other hand, gradually become more warm-hearted and compassionate.
Most notably, this transition began (and continued steadily after) the July 1952 episode “Never Pester Chester,” in which a physician with a more caring and committed temperament is crucial to the plotline when Chester is nearly killed by two troublesome Texas drovers.
Doc Adams’ history paints a picture of a rich and varied life: He had educational ties to Philadelphia in some episodes, and he spent time as a ship’s doctor aboard the Mississippi River gambling boats in others, which provided a backdrop for his understanding of New Orleans (and acquaintance with Mark Twain). A more detailed background is provided in the episode “Cavalcade,” which aired on January 31, 1953, while subsequent programs kept close listeners’ heads whirling.
In “Cavalcade,” his real name is Calvin Moore, and he was schooled in Boston. For a year, he worked as a doctor in Richmond, Virginia, where he fell in love with a lovely young woman who was also courted by a wealthy young man named Roger Beauregard.
Beauregard forced Doc to engage a duel with him, and Beauregard was shot and killed in the process. Despite the fact that it was a fair fight, Doc was compelled to flee since he was a Yankee and an outsider. The young woman followed him and they married in St. Louis, but she died of typhoid two months later.
Doc traversed the territory for 17 years before settling in Dodge City under the name “Charles Adams.” Another Conrad creation, the Adams moniker was derived from cartoonist Charles Addams as a testimony to Doc’s initially ghoulish demeanor.