Over 30 Years Later, Here’s What The Cast Of ‘The Goonies’ Look Like Now

The ’80s were a fantastic decade for cinema, but few of its movies have endured in their popularity as much as The Goonies. Released in 1985 and written by Hollywood royalty Steven Spielberg, it thrust a handful of child stars into the limelight as they went on an epic quest to find “One-Eyed” Willy’s fortune.

Whilst it’s no secret that Josh Brolin became a superstar after playing Brand, the fate of The Goonies other stars aren’t widely known. What’s Chunk AKA Jeff Cohen up to now? And did any of the movie’s stars fall prey to the notorious curse of the child star? Well, you’re about to find out…

1. Sean Astin, Mikey

I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that Sean Astin went on to have a fantastic career as an actor. After The Goonies, he starred in Like Father Like Son (1987), Toy Soldiers (1991), and Rudy (1993). His most recent role was in the vampire series series The Strain, but aside from The Goonies my favorite role of his was Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings.

2. Jeff Cohen, Chunk

Sadly, Jeff Cohen did not continue acting for long after The Goonies, and his last known role was in the 1991 TV movie Perfect Harmony. Since then he’s gone on to have a successful career as an attorney, and his first book The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments was published in 2015.

3. Corey Feldman, Mouth

Corey Feldman went on to star in a number of hit movies in the wake of The Goonies including Stand by Me (1986) and The Lost Boys (1987). He’s a singer too, and his first album Former Child Actor was released in 2002. His autobiography Coreyography was also released in 2013, detailing his early life in the spotlight.

A little-known fact about The Goonies is that it’s set in the same world as another ’80s classic – The Gremlins (1984). You might have noticed this when Chuck phones the cops to tell them that he’s in trouble, and they dismiss his claims as being as fictitious as “little creatures that multiply when you pour water on them”!

Another incredible fact about the movie relates to the pirate ship that’s found at its end. The Goonies‘ director, Richard Donner, refused to let any of the child stars see it until it was complete (a process which took two months). So, when you see in the movie, the cast’s reactions are genuine.

4. Kerri Green, Andy

Kerry Green did not have much of an acting career after The Goonies, even though she starred in Lucas the year after its release. Instead her career has been predominantly centred around directing and writing – although she did return to acting in 2012 by starring in the movie Complacent.

5. Martha Plimpton, Stef

Unlike Kerry, Martha Plimpton has had an incredibly prolific acting career. Some of her best-known movies include Parenthood (1989) and Small Town Murder Songs (2011). She’s also appeared in a number of broadway productions such as Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie.

6. Jonathan Ke Quan, Data

Jonathan Ke Quan is another star from The Goonies who left his acting career behind him when he grew up, despite starring in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) prior to this movie. He went on to have a successful career as a stunt choreographer after studying martial arts.

Like so many other classic movies, most of us have probably seen The Goonies a good handful of times. Its enduring popularity is celebrated in Astoria, Oregon on June 7th every year with a festival. The entire movie was filmed on location in the town.

Steven Spielberg is better known for his directing ability than his writing. However, few people know that he secretly directed a few scenes in The Goonies as well as writing the movie – such as the wishing well scene. But after writing the movie, it only made sense that he’d want to have a hand in directing a small part of it.

7. John Matuszak, Sloth

Prior to The Goonies, John Matuszak had a career playing football and started acting after retiring from the pitch. Tragically, he died in 1989 of an accidental overdose. He was just 38 years old. His last credited movie role was in Down the Drain (1990), which was released posthumously.

8. Anne Ramsey, Mama Fratelli

Anne Ramsey was already an established actor by the time she appeared in The Goonies. However, there’s no denying that its one of her best-loved roles. She also received a lot of her acclaim for her role in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), but sadly died in 1988 at the age of 59 from cancer.

9. Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano, Jake and Francis Fratelli

These are another two stars from The Goonies who have had incredibly successful acting careers. Robert Davi has appeared in blockbusters such as Die Hard (1988) and Licence to Kill (1989) and Joe Pantoliano’s acting credits include The Matrix (1999) and Risky Business (1983).

So there you have it. That’s what the stars of The Goonies are up to now. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly glad that none of its child stars fell prey to the curse that’s seen many other youngsters in their position go on to lead less than happy lives. There’s just one thing left to say… “Goonies Never Say Die!”

Now, whilst we’re on the subject, last year Sean Astin hinted that we could possibly be returning to the world of The Goonies with a sequel!

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