‘Gunsmoke’ Star Milburn Stone

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on December 2, 2010
Miburn Stone (left) played "Doc" beside James Arness in <i>Gunsmoke.</i>

What became of Milburn Stone, who played Doc Adams on Gunsmoke?
Clarice Martell, Goodland, Kan.

The native of Burrton, Kan., began his career in vaudeville and in the mid-1930s went to Hollywood, where he played a wide variety of movie roles over the next 20 years. But it was as the crusty and beloved Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams that he became a star in 1955 and won an Emmy in 1968. When Gunsmoke was canceled after 20 seasons in 1975, Stone retired from show biz. He died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 75.