Silas Bullen

Silas Bullen, the corrupt hospital steward at Mansion House. Silas Bullen, the corrupt hospital steward at Mansion House.

Silas Bullen (Wade Williams)

Silas Bullen is the corrupt hospital steward at Mansion House. In charge of running the place, from the kitchens to medical supplies, he continually works both sides to his own advantage. He rules his netherworld with an iron fist and will brook no interference, especially from a “lady nurse” like Miss Phinney. He becomes involved with Aurelia, a contraband (escaped slave) laundress in his employ, and promises to help her with her family. His mistreatment of Aurelia will lead to conflict with Samuel Diggs, a free black hospital worker.

Wade on Silas in Season 1:

He's like the quartermaster for the hospital. He is in charge of all the drugs, the apothecary, changing all the sheets and bed linens, procuring all the food and resources, making the food, taking care of the patients in small ways. If you need anything, you go to Silas Bullen to get it. He’s the guy that has the key to the lock.

Silas serves the story as a villain. Various characters come down to his lair to advance their own nefarious plots and he is happy to facilitate as long as he gets a cut of the action. I see him as someone who got into this war not for a cause, but to make money. At the heart of it, Silas is a businessman.

Actor bio

Wade Williams (Silas Bullen) received his BFA in Theater from the University of Tulsa and attended Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, from which he received an MFA in Acting Performance. Film roles have included Steven Soderburg’s "Erin Brockovich," Michael Mann’s "Ali," Christopher Nolan’s "The Dark Night Rises" and Ivan Reitman’s "Draft Day." He is probably best known for the roles of Fr. Cronin on “The Bernie Mac Show” and Captain Brad Bellick in the series “Prison Break.”

Wade has voiced characters in animated movies, including Harvey Dent in "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," "The Black Mask in Batman: Under the Red Hood" and Deegan in "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights." Other TV roles include Robert Ellis in the series “24,” Garos in “Star Trek:Enterprise” and Trajis-Lo Tarik in “Star Trek: Voyager.”

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Silas Bullen's Union Stewards Uniform with civilian waistcoat and necktie; straw hat by Ignatius Hats.Silas Bullen's Union Stewards Uniform with civilian waistcoat and necktie; straw hat by Ignatius Hats. Check out More Mercy Street Costumes

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