After making her big-screen debut in 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire and earning credits for Melrose Place and Miracle on 34th Street, Mara Wilson starred in Matilda as the title character, a precocious little girl with curious abilities. The child star continued to act for a few more years, appearing in A Simple Wish (1997) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000), but took a break from the business in the 2000s. During that time, Wilson graduated from New York University and turned her focus to writing and smaller projects. In recent years, the star popped up in podcasts, web series, and episodes of Broad City and BoJack Horseman.
With decades of work to his name, Danny DeVito joined Matilda as Mr. Wormwood, Matilda’s unimpressive father, also earning directing credits for the film. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest alum continued his busy on-screen career after the film hit theaters, appearing in L.A. Confidential (1997), Heist (2001), Big Fish (2003), Be Cool (2005), and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. DeVito also stepped behind the camera, serving as a producer for Gattaca (1997), Out of Sight (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), Garden State (2004), and Freedom Writers (2007).
Soon after wrapping her run on Cheers, Rhea Perlman joined husband DeVito in Matilda, playing his on-screen wife and Matilda’s mother, Mrs. Wormwood. Perlman went on to earn credits for Pearl, 10 Items or Less , Hung, The Sessions, Robot and Monster, Kirstie, and The Mindy Project.
Matilda found its Miss Honey in Embeth Davidtz, an actress who previously appeared in Army of Darkness (1992), Schindler’s List (1993), and Murder in the First (1995). After playing Matilda’s kind teacher, Davidtz filled her résumé with roles in Fallen (1998), Mansfield Park (1999), Bicentennial Man (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), The Hole (2001), The Emperor’s Club (2002), Junebug (2005), Fracture (2007), Californication, Mad Men, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Ray Donovan.
Pam Ferris had a memorable turn in Matilda as Agatha Trunchbull, the villainous principal of Matilda’s school. The The Darling Buds of May actress continued her big-screen career after the movie’s release with Death to Smoochy (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Children of Men (2006), and The Raven (2012), and hit the small screen in Where the Heart Is, Rosemary & Thyme, Luther, and Call the Midwife.
Tracey Walter found his spot in Matilda as the FBI agent Bill, a gig he came into after making previous appearances in The Hunter (1980), Best of the West, Honkytonk Man (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), Repo Man (1984), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Something Wild (1986), At Close Range (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), Midnight Run (1988), Batman (1989), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and City Slickers (1991). The prolific actor earned post-Matilda credits for Playing God (1997), Desperate Measures (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), Impostor (2001), Duplex (2003), and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).
Kiami Davael made her on-screen debut in Matilda as Lavender, a friend of Matilda’s. The young actress went on to earn small-screen credits for The Pretender, Conan, Promised Land, Moesha, In the House, and The Steve Harvey Show, and returned to the big screen in 2000 in Bruno. In recent years, Davael attended the University of Kentucky and worked on a singing career.
Jon Lovitz made a brief appearance in Matilda as Mickey, the host of The Million Dollar Sticky. The Saturday Night Live alum then continued his busy career, earning credits for High School High (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), NewsRadio, Small Time Crooks (2000), Little Nicky (2000), Rat Race (2001), The Stepford Wives (2004), The Benchwarmers (2006), Hot in Cleveland, Casino Jack (2010), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Mr. Box Office, and Mother’s Day.