If you're so sick, then why do I have so many photos of you up and about?
— Jigsaw tells Mark why he's tested[src]

Mark Wilson is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor character in the first Saw film. He was portrayed by Paul Gutrecht.


Early life


Johns photo of mark

Mark Wilson was a healthy, young man. However he decided to get rich at the expense of others and claimed to be seriously ill in order to get money from the health insurance company. His lifestyle as a scam artist ultimately made him a target of John Kramer, better known to the public as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw)


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Mark awakes in his trap

One day Mark was abducted by Jigsaw and his apprentice, Detective Mark Hoffman, to play one of their games. When he woke up, he found himself completely naked in a dark room only lightened by a single candle. A tape left for him by Jigsaw told him about a slow-acting poison in his body. The antidote was in a safe right before him. However in order to open it he had to find the combination among hundres of numbers written all over the walls. Due to the darkness he had to take the candle with him and was forced to walk to the walls, while the entire floor of the room was covered in glass shards. Additionally he had a flammable substance smeared on his body. Mark tried to find the combination in time before the poison could kill him but accidently ignited the substance, causing him to burn alive. (Saw, V)



Mark's corpse

Mark's corpse was later found by the Metropolitan Police Department. When the leading investigator on the Jigsaw case, Detective David Tapp and his partners Detective Steven Sing and Detective Allison Kerry examined the crime scene the latter found a penlight which had been placed there by Mark Hoffman to lay a false trail. Furthermore Kerry discovered a peephole which had been used to witness Mark's game. His corpse was eventually taken to the morgue where Dr. Adam Heffner performed the autopsy on his body. (Saw, VI)

Non-Canon Appearances

Saw: Rebirth

Mark Wilson appeared in the animated comic Saw: Rebirth which served as a prequel to the first three films. When John Kramer went to the hospital to learn that he suffered from terminal cancer he went around the hospital and came across Mark who claimed to be seriously sick. When John became Jigsaw and started his work he observed the patients he had met at the hospital, including Mark.

Saw II: Flesh & Blood

Mark was also mentioned in several case files and audio tapes recorded by Detective Tapp. According to those Mark was a socially privileged male as well as a client of the Umbrella Health insurance company. It is also said that he died of a heart attack when he ignited himself rather than due to the fire itself.

Full Disclosure Report

Mark's death was mentioned in the documentary Full Disclosure Report, hosted by TV moderator Rich Skidmore. However his name was changed to "Mark Rodriguez". The documentary focused on the early crimes of Jigsaw. Mark was said to be the second victim of the killer. During the documentary, Deputy Jason Johnston told the audience about some of the details of Mark's life and his demise. According to him, Mark was a 30-years-old software analyst.


Not much can be said about Mark's personality due to his short screen time. However it can be assumed that he was a lazy and egoistic man as he lived at the expense of others instead of working on his own.


  • In one of David Tapp's documents in Saw II: Flesh & Blood he mentions that Mark's corpse was found before the corpse of Paul Leahy, another victim. However this contradicts the events seen in Saw and Saw V.

Appearances and References

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