Milburn Stone was born in Burrton Kansas on July 5, 1904. He moved from Burrton, KS to Frizell at the age of three, where he attended grade school. Following the death of his fater, Milburn and his mother returned to his birth place of Burrton where he attended and graduated high school. Upon his graduation, Mr. Stone received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, but declined the offer to become an actor.
His film debut came in 1935, appearing in 150+ films during his career. In 1955, Milburn began his 20 year run as 'Doc Adams' on television's Gunsmoke. Stone patterned his character after two doctors who actually practiced medicine around the same time Gunsmoke was supposed to have taken place. One of the medics was his grandfather. Mr. Stone was awarded an Emmy in 1968 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role as 'Doc'. In his spare time, Milburn would build furniture for his home or go fishing.
Upon the end of Gunsmoke's 20 year run, Milburn Stone retired. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City KS. He passed away on June 12, 1980 from a heart attack.