Silas Weir Mitchell (actor)

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Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell at Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Mitchell at San Diego Comic-Con, 2012
BornSilas Weir Mitchell Neilson
(1969-09-30) 30 September 1969 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationBrown, UC San Diego
Years active1995–present
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Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell at Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Mitchell at San Diego Comic-Con, 2012
BornSilas Weir Mitchell Neilson
(1969-09-30) 30 September 1969 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationBrown, UC San Diego
Years active1995–present

Silas Weir Mitchell (born Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson[1][2][3] September 30, 1969) is an American character actor best known for starring as Charles "Haywire" Patoshik in the Fox television series Prison Break, and Monroe in the NBC television series Grimm.

Early life and education[edit]

Mitchell was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] He is named for an ancestor, the 19th century physician and author Silas Weir Mitchell.[4][5]

He attended The Montgomery Country Day School, formerly in Gladwyne PA for his elementary years; is a graduate of St. Paul's School, a college-preparatory boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, (1987);[1] Brown University (1991) in Rhode Island,[2] where he majored in Theatre and Religion; and the University of California, San Diego, Master of Fine Arts program (1995).[4][5] After graduating from Brown, he spent some time in New York, acting in minor theatre productions.[4][5][6]


Mitchell has had recurring guest roles in such television series as 24 as Eli Stram; Numb3rs; My Name Is Earl as Earl's ex-con friend Donny Jones; and Prison Break as escapee Charles "Haywire" Patoshik. On the DVD commentary for Prison Break, he mentions he had previously auditioned for the roles of Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell and Lincoln Burrows. Mitchell plays the role of an insane prison inmate in both Prison Break and My Name Is Earl. He also appears in Rat Race (2001) as Lloyd (The Hardware Store Guy), and in The Whole Ten Yards as Yermo.

One of his most notable roles is that of mentally unstable recurring character James Hogan on Cold Case. Mitchell also made appearances on CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Law & Order: SVU, Burn Notice as charming but unstable arms dealer Seymour, Dexter, Monk, Six Feet Under, X-Files, The Closer, and Boomtown. He also appeared on the show CSI in the Season 6 episode "Room Service".

In 2008, Silas made an appearance in seventh and final season of the U.S. cop show The Shield.

In 2009, he appeared in A Fork in the Road, alongside Jaime King, and in Halloween 2. Mitchell also appeared in Fox's TV show, Mental with Chris Vance, also from Prison Break.

In October 2011, Mitchell was cast as Monroe in the NBC TV series Grimm.


1995Silk StalkingsPeter Raymond Wicker"The Lonely Hunter"
1995The MarshalWilly"The New Marshal"
1996Playing Dangerous 2Gregor Tarnopol
1996The Big EasyLyle Tillman"Big Life"
1997Private PartsPatient
1997Caroline in the CityLouis"Caroline and the New Neighbour"
1997Quicksilver HighwayBryan AdamsTV movie
1997Dark SkiesConvict"Strangers in the Night"
1997Sins of the MindAndersonTV movie
1997Julian PoStonewall
& 1998
ERLuis/Marcus Hainey"Ambush"
& "Stuck on You"
& 2000
NYPD BlueTony/Luke"Remembrance of Humps Past"
& "Everybody Plays the Mule"
1998C-16: FBI"The Art of War"
1998The PatriotPogue
1998Route 9Agent Paul DanningTV movie
1998Vengeance UnlimitedCapt. Jesse Fisher"Dishonorable Discharge"
1999The X-FilesDougie"Agua Mala"
1999InfernoJesse Hogan
1999Absence of the GoodJack GaskinTV movie
1999The PretenderLuke Carlo"Risque Business"
2000Other VoicesWeeping Man
2000The PracticeAnthony Brickman"New Evidence"
& "Hammerhead Sharks"
2000Nash BridgesRoy McNair"Jackpot: Part 1" and "Jackpot: Part 2"
2001Rat RaceLloyd
2002The Agency"The Golden Hour"
200224Eli Stram5 episodes
2002Johnson County WarMitch SlaughterTV movie
2002Push, NevadaRuhk"The Black Box"
2002Ethan and AlanEthanShort
2002Birds of PreySyrus Waters (Slick)"Slick"
2002BoomtownErik Sorenson"Coyote"
2003Six Feet UnderDion Corelli"The Trap"
2003A Painted HouseJimmy DaleTV movie
& 2005
Cold CaseJames Hogan"Sherry Darlin'"
& "Kensington"
2004CSI: MiamiRalph Durst"Stalkerazzi"
2004The Whole Ten YardsYermo
2004Crossing JordanFrank Jones/Alastair Dark"Revealed"
2004Life on Liberty StreetDerekTV movie
2005Heart of the BeholderLester
2005MediumDeranged Husband"A Couple of Choices"
2005JAGReese Pardee"Two Towns"
2005CSI: NYDavid Scott"Crime and Misdemeanor"
2005DetectiveRobbinsTV movie
2005Fathers and SonsMax (uncredited)TV movie
2005Strong MedicineWade"Paternity Test"
2005McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty?Joseph DevineTV movie
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWillie Angel"Room Service"
2005–2007Prison BreakCharles "Haywire" Patoshik13 episodes
2005–2008My Name Is EarlDonny Jones6 episodes
2006The PTA"Can't Do"
2006MonkDrugstore Manager"Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"
2006Flags of Our FathersLab Tech
2006The PhobicVladimir Narcijac
2006Without a TraceLuke Seaver"The Things with Feathers"
2007Lesser of Three EvilsMotel ManagerAlso known as Fist of the Warrior
2007The Gray ManAlbert Fish, Jr.
2007DexterKen Olson"Dex, Lies, and Videotape"
20081%Wild Man SamTV movie
2008Prairie FeverFrankVideo
2008The CloserFather Chris Donahue"Tijuana Brass"
2008The ShieldFather Morton"Parricide"
Burn NoticeSeymour"Rough Seas"
& "Seek and Destroy"
2009Waiting for JevettaShort
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitOwen Walters"Liberties"
2009MentalVincent Martin"Pilot"
2009Halloween 2Chett Johns
2009Otis E.Stanley
2009Numb3rsDarren Drew"Dreamland"
2010Ticket OutLevi
2010A Fork in the RoadKarl Rogers
2010The KilledShort
2010Heaven's RainAke
2010Sami's CockShort
2010The Good GuysVic"Little Things"
2011The MentalistArthur Coffey/Ralph Mercer"Bloodhounds"
2011–presentGrimmMonroe59 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Silas Neilson '87". St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). March 12, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012. "Silas Weir Mitchell (Neilson)" 
  2. ^ a b "Theatre Arts and Performance Studies: Alumni List". Brown University. Retrieved April 23, 2012. "Neilson, Silas Weir Mitchell" 
  3. ^ Neilson, Silas Weir Mitchell (1995). What We Make is Not Ours. University of California, San Diego. p. 14. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Turnquist, Kristi (March 3, 2012). "Weir Mitchell on playing Monroe on 'Grimm', and filming in Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Gray, Ellen (March 23, 2012). "'Grimm' star Silas Weir Mitchell revels in 'otherness'". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "UC San Diego Theatre & Dance Newsletter" (PDF). April 4, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2012. "MFA ’95 Alum Silas Weir Mitchell" 

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