For anyone alive in the 90’s, it’s hard not to remember Euphegenia Doubtfire. The bumbling, crooning, and not to mention ridiculously clever doting Nanny and even more devoted Dad made and continues to make us feel elated, frustrated, sad, apprehensive, and nostalgic all within a two-hour time span. Along with making us laugh until we feared accidentally relieving ourselves, Mrs.Doubtfire / Daniel Hillard also reminds us that no matter how a family is arranged, love will always be the enduring force in the end.
As should come as no surprise, what made this film so memorable is what makes all other films with any sort of legacy memorable; its cast of characters. Although most often associated with the sporadic antics and incredible voice changes that could only have been carried out by the late Robin Williams, the heart of the film was undoubtedly also due to elements such as Sally Field’s on-point portrayal of the righteously dissatisfied spouse and Mara Wilson’s never ending capacity of cute.
Luckily for us and for the rest of the world however, each and every one of these individuals did not make enchanting the world an isolated incident. From continued and prosperous acting careers, to newly discovered passions for blogging and writing, or taking the traditional route of nonchalantly posing with a six pack, here are what 10 integral Mrs. Doubtfire cast members have been up to since good old ’93.
10. Sally Field – Miranda Hillard
Following the release of Mrs. Doubtfire, Sally Field once again took on a superior supporting role in 1994 as Tom Hank’s mother in Forest Gump. She then produced and starred in the television miniseries A Woman of Independent Means (1995). In the 2000’s, she went on to earn two Emmy Awards for her performances in ER (2001) and Brothers & Sisters (2007). In 2012, she co-starred alongside Andrew Garfield in the Amazing Spider-Man and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Her most recent film, Hello, My Name is Doris, opened in March to rave reviews. Outside of acting, Field has served on the Board of the Sundance Institute and is a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company that markets Boniva, a medication used to treat osteoporosis.
9. Lisa Jakub – Lydia “Lydie” Hillard
Despite her successful career as a child actor, including playing alongside Will Smith in Independence Day (1996), when she turned 22, Lisa Jakub “realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people” and “suspected that there was something outside of movies that would feel more authentic” to her. After moving to Virginia to marry her long-time boyfriend Jeremy, Jakub embarked on a quest to find out how to be a “normal person” and ending up reigniting her love for the written word.
8. Matthew Lawrence – Christopher “Chris” Hillard
Matthew Lawrence continued acting throughout the remainder of the 1990’s, starring in shows such as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994-1995), and Brotherly Love (1995-1996), where he played alongside his real-life brothers Joey Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence. Additionally, he played the role of Jack in Boy Meets World from 1993 until the show’s ending in 2000. In 2015, he reprised his role as Jack in the spin-off Girl Meets World. Since then he has re-gained significant popularity, but not exactly for his acting skills. Through no deliberate fault of his own, Lawrence seems to have gained more fans from his unassuming abs snapshots and smouldering Instagram game than anything on his resume.
7. Mara Wilson – Natalie “Nattie” Hillard
Following in the footsteps of her pseudo older sister, Mara Wilson also pursued writing after a fling with child stardom. She appeared in the 1994 remake of Miracle On 34th Street and starred as the girl with magical powers in Matilda (1996). She then took on various other film and television roles before deciding to focus on school. Wilson often expresses relief over her decision to quit acting, stating that she found auditioning “brutal and dehumanizing.”
6. Harvey Fierstein – Uncle Frank Hillard
Harvey Fierstein largely became a fixture in voice acting, lending his trademark gravelly tones to films and shows such as Mulan, Farce of the Penguins, Family Guy, and How I Met Your Mother. In 2002, he rekindled his original love for the theater by accepting the part of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray. As an openly gay celebrity, Fierstein readily speaks out for gay people, queer theater, and AIDS causes. Recently, he took on another voice role in the upcoming animated film Animal Crackers, which is set to be released later this year.
5. Anne Haney – Mrs. Sellner
Aside from almost revealing Euphegenia Doubtfire’s true identity as social worker Mrs. Sellner, Anne Haney is also well known for playing Jim Carrey’s perpetually confused secretary Greta in the 1997 comedy Liar Liar. She made several guest appearances throughout the late 90’s in films such as The American President (1995), Mother (1996), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Psycho (1998), Forces of Nature, and The Out-Of-Towners (1999). She also appeared in several shows including Charmed, Boy Meets World, ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Ally McBeal. She tragically passed away from heart failure in 2001.
4. Pierce Brosnan – Stuart “Stu” Dunmeyer
Very soon after Mrs. Doubtfire came out, Pierce Brosnan became a household name thanks to his involvement in a little project known as the James Bond franchise. This included Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). Brosnan’s first three Bond movies gained over a billion dollars at the international box office, with Die Another Day earning close to half a billion dollars worldwide. Since then, he has consistently starred and guest starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films such as The Matador (2005), Mamma Mia (2008) and The Lightning Thief (2010).
3. Robert Prosky – Jonathan Lundy
Robert Prosky continued to take on supporting roles in films such as The Scarlet Letter, Dead Man Walking, (1995), Mad City (1997), and The Lake (1998). He also guest-starred as Kirstie Alley’s father in the ABC sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 1998. However, Prosky is perhaps most highly regarded in terms of his time on the stage, as he is fondly remembered for “playing salt-of-the-earth characters, sometimes with a mischievous or slightly sinister edge.” He began his career at the Washington’s Stage Arena and there amassed over 130 roles including Willy Loman in Samuel Beckett’s Death of a Salesman and the lead role in Brecht’s Galileo. Robert Prosky died of complications from a heart procedure in December 2008, just five days away from his 78th birthday.
2. Polly Holliday – Gloria Chaney
Polly Holliday continued regular and guest television appearances in series such as Home Improvement, The Client, and Homicide: Life on the Street. Her involvements in film include the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, Stick It (2006), The Heartbreak Kid (2007), and Fair Game (2010). Holliday also achieved considerable success on Broadway, and in 1994 was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the revival of William Inge’s Picnic. In 2000, she was again cast in a revival of Arthur Laurent’s The Time of the Cuckoo and was subsequently inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame later that year.
1. Martin Mull – Justin Gregory
Martin Mull can evidently not be tied down to a single trade. Along with his various guest and regular appearances over the years on shows such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Reno 911!, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, and Community, Mull is also an avid musician and artist. His paintings have been shown in exhibits around the world, and a select few appear in his 1995 book Paintings Drawings and Words. One such painting was used for the cover of the 2008 Joyce Carol Oates novel My Sister, My Love. He is currently married to singer Wendy Haas.
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