The Goonies: Where Are They Now? A Look Back Over 30+ Years
Richard Donner directed “The Goonies” 31 years ago and the Steven Spielberg written film remains a mainstay of pop culture history. The quirky comedy about a group of young boys who go in search of lost pirate treasure featured a cast that any director would love to direct. Among the film’s stars were Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. Let’s take a look at where the main actors from “The Goonies” are today.
Sean Astin: From Mikey to Raphael
Sean Astin’s first big role was Mikey in “The Goonies” and he’s still going strong. The 45-year-old actor went on to star in “Toy Soldiers”, “Like Father Like Son” and the surprising hit “Rudy”. He also played the role of Sam in the mega hit “Lord of the Rings”. For our animation fans, you probably recognize his voice from the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, where he voiced the character Raphael. The next actor on our list completely ditched their acting roots for a much different career in 2002.
Jeff Cohen: Chunk Grows Up And Becomes A Lawyer
When “The Goonies” came to an end actor Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, only appeared in a few episodes of “Family Ties” and the TV movie “Perfect Harmony”, which aired in 1991. He also produced the TV series documentary “The Living Century” and took part in a few other film projects. The 41-year-old actor would later turn in his acting shoes for a college career at the University of California, Berkeley, a stint in law school and the creation of his own firm, Cohen Gardner LLP. Cohen also wrote the book, “The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood”.
A lot of tragedy marked our next actor’s career by the mid-90’s.
Corey Feldman was unstoppable in the late 1980’s and the start of the 1990’s. After “The Goonies” he starred in “Stand by Me”, “The Lost Boys” and “License To Drive”. Like many child actors of his generation, the movie roles soon slowed and Feldman found himself looking for different work. He appeared in the “Surreal Life” reality TV show in the early 2000’s and then released his solo album, “Former Child Actor”. Sticking to the reality TV scene he eventually filmed “The Two Coreys” with his best friend Corey Haim, who tragically died in 2010. Be sure to check out his memoir, “Coreyography” which was released in 2013. It’s a story of fame, addiction and the loss of a childhood friend.
The next actress on our list chose to jump behind the camera for most of her career.
Kerri Green Goes From Andy To Writer, Director
After she appeared in “The Goonies” the young actress went on to take roles in “ER”, “Murder, She Wrote” and a few other TV roles. She also starred in the film “Lucas” one year after “The Goonies” became a massive success. While her roles slowed, the 49-year-old actress went on to start the production company Independent Women Artists. She directed the movie “Bellyfruit” in 1999 and she still writes screenplays to this very day.
Martha Plimpton Is Sort Of A Big Deal These Days
Martha Plimpton is 45-years-old and she has never been more popular than she is these days. She picked up various roles after her time on “The Goonies” and even appeared in “Grey’s Anatomy”. Most recently she took a starring role in the hilarious series “Raising Hope”, which led to an Emmy nomination for the deserving actress. She also took home an Emmy for her work on “The Good Wife” in 2012. She also champions the pro-choice rights of women.
Jonathan Ke Quan: From The Big Screen To Martial Arts
Remember Data? Ke Quan starred in “Indiana Jones” before he joined “The Goonies” and then he went on to take roles in “Head of the Class”, then the indie movie “Encino Man”. His last known acting credit was in 2002. So what happened to Ke Quan? He turned his focus to the martial arts and then started working as a stunt choreographer for various Hollywood films.
John Matuszak: What Happened To Sloth?
Matuszak played perhaps the most memorable character in the “The Goonies” universe — Sloth. Before his acting career, he was a football player for the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins. Sadly, Sloth would be one of his last and most memorable roles — he passed away at 38-years-old from a drug overdose. The other roles to his credit include the movies “North Dallas Forty” and “One Man Force”.
Anne Ramsey Was Thrown From A Train and Scrooged
Anne Ramsey will always be fondly remembered as Mama Fratelli. However, her life was cut short when she died in 1988 at the age of 59. Prior to her death, she starred in such classics as “Throw Momma from the Train” which co-starred Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal, and “Scrooged”, which featured the acting chops of Bill Murray.
Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano: The Fratelli Brothers
Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano played the despicable brothers Jake and Francis Fratelli on “The Goonies” and they both went on to have very successful acting careers. Davi was featured in “Die Hard” and “License to Kill”, among many other roles. Pantoliano took roles in “The Sopranos”, “The Matrix”, “Memento” and dozens of other blockbuster movies. He worked again with the Wachowskis in “Sense 8” on Netflix.