Silas Weir Mitchell (actor)

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Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson

(1969-09-30) September 30, 1969 (age 54)
Years active1995–present
SpouseK. K. Dodds
RelativesSilas Weir Mitchell (ancestor)

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 County 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: Special Victims Unit, Burn Notice as charming but unstable arms dealer Seymour, Dexter, Monk, Six Feet Under, The 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. He portrayed Monroe throughout the series' six year run.


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 Neighbor"
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"
The Patriot Pogue
Route 9 Agent Paul Danning TV movie
Vengeance Unlimited Capt. Jesse Fisher "Dishonorable Discharge"
1999 Bingo Harry Short
The X-Files Dougie "Agua Mala"
Inferno Jesse Hogan
Absence of the Good Jack Gaskin TV movie
The Pretender Luke Carlo "Risque Business"
2000 Other Voices Weeping Man
The Practice Anthony Brickman "New Evidence"
& "Hammerhead Sharks"
Nash Bridges Roy McNair "Jackpot: Part 1" and "Jackpot: Part 2"
2001 Rat Race Lloyd
2002 The Agency "The Golden Hour"
24 Eli Stram 5 episodes
Ant Bertrand Short
Johnson County War Mitch Slaughter TV movie
Push, Nevada Ruhk "The Black Box"
Ethan and Alan Ethan Short
Birds of Prey Syrus Waters (Slick) "Slick"
Boomtown Erik Sorenson "Coyote"
2003 Six Feet Under Dion Corelli "The Trap"
A Painted House Jimmy Dale TV movie
2003, 2005 Cold Case James Hogan "Sherry Darlin'"
& "Kensington"
2004 CSI: Miami Ralph Durst "Stalkerazzi"
The Whole Ten Yards Yermo
Crossing Jordan Frank Jones/Alastair Dark "Revealed"
Life on Liberty Street Derek TV movie
2005 Heart of the Beholder Lester
Medium Deranged Husband "A Couple of Choices"
JAG Reese Pardee "Two Towns"
CSI: NY David Scott "Crime and Misdemeanor"
Detective Robbins TV movie
Fathers and Sons Max (uncredited)
Strong Medicine Wade "Paternity Test"
McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Joseph Devine TV movie
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"
Monk Drugstore Manager "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"
Flags of Our Fathers Lab Tech
The Phobic Vladimir Narcijac
Without a Trace Luke Seaver "The Things with Feathers"
2007 Lesser of Three Evils Motel Manager Also known as Fist of the Warrior
The Gray Man Albert Fish, Jr.
Dexter Ken Olson "Dex, Lies, and Videotape"
Crazy Neal
2008 1% Wild Man Sam TV movie
Prairie Fever Frank Video
The Closer Father Chris Donahue "Tijuana Brass"
The Shield Father Morton "Parricide"
Burn Notice Seymour "Rough Seas"
& "Seek and Destroy"
2009 Waiting for Jevetta Short
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Owen Walters "Liberties"
Mental Vincent Martin "Pilot"
Halloween 2 Chett Johns
Otis E. Stanley
Numb3rs Darren Drew "Dreamland"
2010 Ticket Out Levi
A Fork in the Road Karl Rogers
The Killed Short
Heaven's Rain Ake
Circle Bennett
Sami's Cock Short
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
S.W.A.T. Phil Winters Season 4, episode 10
2023 Criminal Minds Cyrus Legare Season 16, episode 5 & 6


  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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