1990s

Know the Cast: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard

Now streaming on Disney+, Mrs. Doubtfire stars the late Robin Williams. This article includes spoilers for Chris Columbus’ 1993 comedy adaptation of Anne Fine’s 1987 novel Madame Doubtfire. Check out more streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.

In Mrs. Doubtfire, a divorced San Francisco voice actor named Daniel Hillard attempts to gain partial custody of his three children. The fun-loving protagonist manages to find stable work, albeit while posing as a 60-year female nanny from England. Mrs. Doubtfire remains one of the most iconic Hollywood genre films of the early 90s — here’s Know the Cast breakdown for the progressive comedy production.

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard

Character Profile: A San Francisco voice actor who gets divorced and loses custody of his three children. Daniel focuses on turning his life around with new work, but also poses as his ex-wife’s new British nanny, thanks to some impressive makeup work from his gay brother. Williams’ character gets exposed in the climax but also lands a new television show as Mrs. Doubtfire.

Williams’ Resume: Mork in Mork & Mindy, Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam, John Keating in Dead Poets Society, Genie in Aladdin, Sean in Good Will Hunting

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Sally Field as Miranda Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Sally Field as Miranda Hilliard

Character Profile: A business woman who divorces Daniel after 14 years of marriage. Meanwhile, she flirts with a dashing client named Stu. Miranda eventually rewards Daniel for his commitment to the family.

Field’s Resume: Carrie in Smokey and the Bandit, M’Lynn Eatenton in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Gump in Forrest Gump, Nora Walker in Brothers & Sisters, Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Pierce Brosnan as Stu

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Pierce Brosnan as Stu

Character Profile: Miranda’s client and love interest. He seems to immediately recognize that Mrs. Doubtfire is a fraud yet still gets outsmarted by Williams’ character. Miranda distances herself from Stu because of Daniel’s plotting.

Brosnan’s Resume: James Bond in GoldenEye, Julian Noble in The Matador, Thomas Crown in The Thomas Crown Affair, Sam in Mamma Mia!, Erick Erickssong in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Harvey Fierstein as Frank

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Harvey Fierstein as Frank

Character Profile: Daniel’s brother who offers a place to stay after the divorce. Frank then teams up with his partner to create Mrs. Doubtfire. He shows up occasionally throughout the film to provide timely assistance.

Fierstein’s Resume: Marty Gilbert in Independence Day, Yao in Mulan, Merv Green in Death to Smoochy, The Gourmand in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Jerome in Big Mouth

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Polly Holliday as Gloria

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Polly Holliday as Gloria

Character Profile: The Hillards’ next-door neighbor who appears briefly during the opening act. In the final edit, most of the character’s scenes were cut. Gloria receives more screen time in a special edition DVD for Mrs. Doubtfire.

Holliday’s Resume: Flo Castleberry in Alice, Mrs. Deagle in Gremlins, Marva Kulp, Sr. in The Parent Trap, Lillian Patterson in Home Improvement, Beryl in The Heartbreak Kid

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Lisa Jakub as Lydia Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Lisa Jakub as Lydia Hilliard

Character Profile: Daniel and Miranda’s oldest child. She is initially skeptical of Mrs. Doubtfire and wants her father to return. The actress Jakub retired from acting in 2000 and became an author.

Jakub’s Resume: Lisa Cranston in The Twilight Zone, Janine Carlson in Friday the 13th: The Series, Sandra in Matinee, Alicia in Independence Day, Katrina Pochenko in The Beautician and the Beast

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Matthew Lawrence as Chris Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Matthew Lawrence as Chris Hilliard

Character Profile: Daniel and Miranda’s middle child. Chris seems to enjoy his father’s fun-loving personality but also picks up on the consequences of poor behavior. The actor Matthew Lawrence is the younger brother of Blossom actor Joey Lawrence.

Lawrence’s Resume: Young Joey in Blossom, Matt Roman in Brotherly Love, Jack Hunter in Boy Meets World, Billy in The Hot Chick, Tony Longo in Melissa & Joey

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast: Mara Wilson as Natalie Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Mara Wilson as Natalie Hilliard

Character Profile: Daniel and Miranda’s youngest child. Natalie arguably has the biggest personality of the three siblings. According to a 2012 report, the actress Wilson left the entertainment industry because she didn’t enjoy her experiences.

Wilson’s Resume: Nikki Petrova in Melrose Place, Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street, Matilda in Matilda, Lily in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Jill Pill in BoJack Horseman

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The Mrs. Doubtfire cast also includes Robert Prosky (Thief, Broadcast News), Anne Haney (The American President, Liar Liar), Scott Capurro (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Nash Bridges), Sydney Walker (Captain Z-Ro, Love Story), Joe Bellan (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Sudden Impact), and Martin Mull (Clue, Roseanne).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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