Silas Weir Mitchell (actor)

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Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell at Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson

(1969-09-30) September 30, 1969 (age 52)
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)K. K. Dodds

Silas Weir Mitchell (born Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson;[1][2][3] September 30, 1969) is an American character actor. He is known for starring as Charles "Haywire" Patoshik in the Fox television series Prison Break (2005–2007), for the recurring role of Donny Jones in My Name Is Earl (2005–2009), and as Monroe in the NBC television series Grimm (2011–2017).

Early life and education[edit]

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

He attended The Montgomery Country Day School (formerly in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania) for his elementary school 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 graduate acting program.[4][5]

After graduating from Brown, he spent some time in New York City, 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Silk Stalkings Peter Raymond Wicker "The Lonely Hunter"
The Marshal Willy "The New Marshal"
1996 Playing Dangerous 2 Gregor Tarnopol
The Big Easy Lyle Tillman "Big Life"
1997 Private Parts Patient
Caroline in the City Louis "Caroline and the New Neighbour"
Quicksilver Highway Bryan Adams TV movie
Dark Skies Convict "Strangers in the Night"
Sins of the Mind Anderson TV movie
Julian Po Stonewall
1997, 1998 ER Luis/Marcus Hainey "Ambush"
& "Stuck on You"
1997, 2000 NYPD Blue Tony/Luke "Remembrance of Humps Past"
& "Everybody Plays the Mule"
1998 C-16: FBI "The Art of War"
1998 The Patriot Pogue
1998 Route 9 Agent Paul Danning TV movie
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Capt. Jesse Fisher "Dishonorable Discharge"
1999 Bingo Harry Short
1999 The X-Files Dougie "Agua Mala"
1999 Inferno Jesse Hogan
1999 Absence of the Good Jack Gaskin TV movie
1999 The Pretender Luke Carlo "Risque Business"
2000 Other Voices Weeping Man
2000 The Practice Anthony Brickman "New Evidence"
& "Hammerhead Sharks"
2000 Nash Bridges Roy McNair "Jackpot: Part 1" and "Jackpot: Part 2"
2001 Rat Race Lloyd
2002 The Agency "The Golden Hour"
2002 24 Eli Stram 5 episodes
2002 Ant Bertrand Short
2002 Johnson County War Mitch Slaughter TV movie
2002 Push, Nevada Ruhk "The Black Box"
2002 Ethan and Alan Ethan Short
2002 Birds of Prey Syrus Waters (Slick) "Slick"
2002 Boomtown Erik Sorenson "Coyote"
2003 Six Feet Under Dion Corelli "The Trap"
2003 A Painted House Jimmy Dale TV movie
2003, 2005 Cold Case James Hogan "Sherry Darlin'"
& "Kensington"
2004 CSI: Miami Ralph Durst "Stalkerazzi"
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Yermo
2004 Crossing Jordan Frank Jones/Alastair Dark "Revealed"
2004 Life on Liberty Street Derek TV movie
2005 Heart of the Beholder Lester
2005 Medium Deranged Husband "A Couple of Choices"
2005 JAG Reese Pardee "Two Towns"
2005 CSI: NY David Scott "Crime and Misdemeanor"
2005 Detective Robbins TV movie
2005 Fathers and Sons Max (uncredited) TV movie
2005 Strong Medicine Wade "Paternity Test"
2005 McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Joseph Devine TV movie
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Willie Angel "Room Service"
2005–2007 Prison Break Charles "Haywire" Patoshik 13 episodes
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Donny Jones 6 episodes
2006 The PTA "Can't Do"
2006 Monk Drugstore Manager "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Lab Tech
2006 The Phobic Vladimir Narcijac
2006 Without a Trace Luke Seaver "The Things with Feathers"
2007 Lesser of Three Evils Motel Manager Also known as Fist of the Warrior
2007 The Gray Man Albert Fish, Jr.
2007 Dexter Ken Olson "Dex, Lies, and Videotape"
2007 Crazy Neal
2008 1% Wild Man Sam TV movie
2008 Prairie Fever Frank Video
2008 The Closer Father Chris Donahue "Tijuana Brass"
2008 The Shield Father Morton "Parricide"
2008 Burn Notice Seymour "Rough Seas"
& "Seek and Destroy"
2009 Waiting for Jevetta Short
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Owen Walters "Liberties"
2009 Mental Vincent Martin "Pilot"
2009 Halloween 2 Chett Johns
2009 Otis E. Stanley
2009 Numb3rs Darren Drew "Dreamland"
2010 Ticket Out Levi
2010 A Fork in the Road Karl Rogers
2010 The Killed Short
2010 Heaven's Rain Ake
2010 Circle Bennett
2010 Sami's Cock Short
2010 The Good Guys Vic "Little Things"
2011 The Mentalist Arthur Coffey/Ralph Mercer "Bloodhounds"
2011–2017 Grimm Monroe Main cast
2018 The Amendment Glenn
2020 Paradise Lost Boyd Suttree Main cast
2020 S.W.A.T. Phil Winters Season 4, episode 10


  1. ^ a b "Silas Neilson '87". St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). March 12, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2022. 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'". The 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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