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It’s hard to forget the classic kids’ adventure film, The Goonies. After all, it involved a scrappy band of misfits hunting for lost pirate treasure while trying to outsmart an infamous crime family and save their family homes from foreclosure.
Okay, it sounds ridiculous on paper, but it was great.
If you’re a huge fan of this nostalgic film, you may have already caught The Goonies cast reunion on Josh Gad’s Together Apart. If you haven’t, check it out!
The entire cast, plus the writer and director and even Steven Spielberg, show up! And they all end up singing (okay, caterwauling) the theme song with Cyndi Lauper.
The good-natured group reminisces and even acts out some of the famous parts of the film. But they don’t go all that deeply into what they’re up to now.
So to satisfy your curiosity about what the cast of The Goonies has been up to these 30 plus years, here are a few juicy deets.
Sean Astin – Mikey
If you don’t recognize the face of the former leader of The Goonies, you may have been living under a rock. Unlike a few other cast members, Sean stayed in front of the camera and has had quite a successful career.
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you caught him as Bob in the second season (and we were all sorry when the aliens killed him off).
But of course, his biggest claim to fame is his role as Samwise in The Lord of the Rings series. This dude is a Sci-Fi hero!
Other film credits include Memphis Bellem, Rudy and 50 First Dates.
One little known fact about Sean is that he was raised by actor John Astin (of the original Addams Family series). But he took a DNA test in the early 2000s as it was suspected that his real dad was Desi Arnaz, Jr.
Turns out his biological father is family friend, Michael Tell. Apparently, he has a close relationship with all three men. Three dads for the price of one, now that’s a Hollywood ending.
Kerri Green – Andy
Kerri Green, the love interest in The Goonies, was in two other iconic ‘80s films: Lucas and Summer Rental.
But by the ‘90s, her career had slowed down though she did go on to do occasional TV roles in series like ER and Law & Order.
Eventually she went on to start a production company called Independent Women Artists. Along with Bonnie Dickensen, she co-wrote and directed a teen pregnancy film called Bellyfruit.
And in 2012 she starred in the independent drama Complacent, a role that was written specifically for her.
These days, however, Green seems to enjoy living life behind the scenes with her family.
Martha Plimpton – Stef
After playing the brainy Stef, Martha Plimpton went on to have a prolific career in TV, film and Broadway.
The multi-talented actress has appeared on series like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Raising Hope and The Blacklist. In 2012 she won an Emmy for her guest appearance on The Good Wife.
She’s also received three Tony Award nominations for her stage work.
Offstage, Plimpton is an outspoken advocate for women’s and LGBTQ rights. Whatever she tackles, this lady is forced to be reckoned with!
Jeff Cohen – Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen
Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen was one of The Goonies most memorable characters. I mean, who could forget his famous Truffle Shuffle?
On the recent Goonies Zoom reunion, Cohen joked that he left the business because Chunk was obviously the pinnacle of acting. But apparently, it was another factor that led to the demise of his career in front of the cameras.
During puberty Cohen lost his “chunk.” No longer able to play the role of the fat kid, agents stopped calling.
The svelte former actor seemed to be in great spirits during the reunion and is now an entertainment lawyer. The old adage that “there’s no business like show business” also applies to attorneys. Rock on, formerly chunky counselor!
Jonathan Ke Quan – Data
Other than being a layer of “booty traps,” Quan’s other claim to fame was his role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Short Round.
That was quite a promising start to an acting career that seemed to fizzle as quickly as it started. He did pop up in the occasional nerdy role, but now Quan is more famous for his work as a stunt coordinator in films like X-Men.
Josh Brolin – Brand
It kind of came as no surprise that the headband wearing jock from The Goonies grew up to be quite the manly hunk.
But nobody may have predicted the longevity of his distinguished career. As it turns out, Josh Brolin (son of actor James Brolin) definitely has acting chops.
Yes, you’ve probably caught him as the Marvel Comics supervillain Thanos. But his very long list of acting credits also includes No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, Milk and True Grit.
Brolin has been nominated at the Academy, SAG and many other awards shows. And it seems like we’ll be seeing him for a long time to come. When it comes to his career, this Goonie never says die!
Corey Feldman – The Mouth
Corey Feldman has remained a presence in Hollywood since The Goonies, but not in the most conventional of ways.
In the ‘80s, he got off to a promising start with films like The Goonies, Stand By Me, Gremlins and The Lost Boys.
But as time went on, his career was often overshadowed by addiction issues. Along with actor Corey Haim, he was known as one half of “The Two Coreys.” The duo appeared in a string of films together and later went on to make a reality show about themselves.
Tragically, Haim was also troubled with drug addiction and died of pneumonia in 2010.
Feldman’s other projects included an album titled “Former Child Actor.” Let’s just say he didn’t have any hit singles.
Most recently, Feldman has been in the spotlight and the hot seat for his film (My)Truth: The Rape of the Two Coreys in which he makes an allegation of sexual abuse that both he and Haim allegedly suffered in Hollywood.
Robert Davi- Jake Fratelli
With his grizzled looks, Robert Davi has made a career out of playing tough guys on one side of the crime game or the other.
But did you know he could also sing? His album of Sinatra covers, “On the Road To Romance,” actually hit number 6 on the Billboard jazz charts.
On a more political note, he dove into rightwing politics and took over as host of Talk Radio Network. I can’t imagine that Martha Plimpton approves.
John Matuszak – Sloth Fratelli
Before playing the scary looking but kind Sloth, Matuszak was a football player for the Oakland Raiders (who won various Super Bowls during his run).
After The Goonies, he appeared in Ice Pirates, Miami Vice, One Crazy Summer and a few other projects. Tragically, he died at the age of 38 from a drug overdose. RIP, big guy.
Joe Pantoliano – Francis Fratelli
This infamous member of the Fratelli crime family was and still is an extremely prolific character actor. It seems like Joe Pantoliano pops up all over the place ALL the time.
You’ve seen him in Risky Business, The Fugitive, The Matrix, Memento and The Sopranos, for which he won an Emmy Award. We could go on, but there’s not enough room here.
Let’s just say in his case, a life of crime seems to pay.
You might also be interested in: The Wonder Years Cast: Where Are They Now?
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Sherry is a freelance writer who worked as an actor before transitioning to an award-winner career in advertising. During a vacation to Mexico, she fell in love and never left. Sherry (aka Cherita) now spends her time bouncing between the US and Mexico writing, running, cooking, meditating and exploring lots of cool stuff on the other side of the wall.view post