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Cullen Bohannon

Portrayed By: Anson Mount

Affiliation/Role: Union Pacific Railroad Foreman/Central Pacific Railroad Executive

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Relationships

  • Mate: Lilly Bell
  • Partner/Nemesis: Thomas Durant
  • Nemesis: Thor Gundersen (AKA “The Swede”)
  • Partner: Collis Huntington
  • Friend: Elam Ferguson
  • The main protagonist of Hell on Wheels, Cullen Bohannon is a former Confederate soldier and plantation owner from Mississippi who takes up work on the transcontinental railroad while fulfilling a personal vendetta to avenge his wife and son’s brutal murder.

    Possessing strong leadership skills and a business acumen, Bohannon quickly ascends to foreman, ultimately becoming Durant’s best ally and occasional nemesis.

    Having been married to a wealthy northerner and properly educated, this southern farmer-turned solider has his foot in both worlds. Despite his violent tendencies, Bohannon holds to a strong moral compass, allegedly freeing his slaves prior to the war and only resorting to violence when all other options have been exhausted.

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