Richard Donner’s 1985 adventure flick The Goonies was a smash hit on its release way back when. It grossed $60m worldwide – a decent sum nowadays. But for 30 years ago? It was massive! The movie’s since attracted a cult following and entered into popular culture in a big way. But as this year celebrates three decades since the search for One Eyed Willy’s treasure, thoughts turn to the people in the film. Where are they now? What are they up to? We decided to do a little digging and find out. It’s a real mixed bag, we’ll tell you…
Corey Feldman as Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux – One of the more controversial actors to have worked on the movie, Corey Feldman was well-loved as an actor back in 1980s. But, as he grew up, he struggled in his career. Movies such as The Lost Boys came and went and the work dried up. A famous friendship with the other Corey, Corey Haim, culminated in a fly-on-the-wall show called The Two Coreys. Nowadays, Feldman is more famous for his dark accusations. He claims that he and other child actors were abused by Hollywood moguls, insiders and opportunistic casting couch types. No formal charges have ever been brought, but the claims leave a bitter taste in the mouth of anyone who reads them.
Jeff Cohen as Lawrence ‘Chunk’ Cohen – Chunk’s one of the more famous characters from The Goonies – mostly because of his iconic ‘Truffle Shuffle’ belly-wobbling dance. Lawrence realized that he’d hit the peak of his career so early and turned his back on acting. He’s now a lawyer in Los Angeles. At UC Berkely he successfully ran for President of the Associated Students by using campaign posters full of pictures of him as Chunk!
Joe Pantoliano as Francis Fratelli – Nicknamed ‘Joey Pants’, you’ll no doubt recognize Joe Pantoliano from his post-Goonies work. Alongside Guy Pearce in Momento, as the boss in Bad Boys, he gets about. He also played Ralph Cifaretto in The Sopranos and popped up in The Fugitive and US Marshalls. He’s a self-confessed depressive and does lots of good work in raising awareness for mental health issues and charities.
John Matuszak as Sloth – The guy who played Sloth had a pretty interesting career before bagging the part in The Goonies. He was a pro football player in the NFL, representing teams like the LA Raiders and Washington Redskins. He also took part in the World’s Strongest Man event back in 1978, coming ninth. His life post-Goonies, however, was cut tragically short. He died in 1989 from an accidental propoxyphene overdose. He was only 38 years old.
Jonathan Ke Quan as Richard ‘Data’ Wang – Data’s arguably more famous as playing Harrison Ford’s little sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Since his halcyon days as a child star, Ke Quan’s has had very few movie roles, instead choosing to concentrate on stunt choreography. As an expert in Taekwondo – Short Round was employed on movies such as Bryan Singer’s original X-Men flick.
Josh Brolin as Brandon ‘Brand’ Walsh – Josh Brolin was already pretty famous before landing the part in The Goonies. His dad is James Brolin and his stepmum is Barbra Streisand, after all. His career’s gone from strength to strength since, appearing in dozens of movies you’ll have seen: Guardians of the Galaxy, Oldboy, No Country For Old Men, Gangster Squad, Hollow Man, W, Milk… He’s also been arrested three times.
Kerri Green as Andrea ‘Andy’ Carmichael – Cheerleader Andrea – in real life – never experienced the adventures that her character did. She’s had a half-decent career since 1985, with a few parts in movies like Lucas, Blue Flame and Bellyfruit (nope, us neither…). She’s also sprung up in some TV shows we have actually heard of, though. Like Murder She Wrote and ER. *YAWN*
Martha Plimpton as Stephanie ‘Stef’ Steinbrenner – The daughter of Keith Carradine, Martha Plimpton went on to have a very successful stage and screen career. Never a massive name, she made a healthy living on Broadway in productions like Top Girls, Pal Joey and The Glass Menagerie. She’s also picked up a few awards for her television work, especially for The Good Wife and Raising Hope, for which she bagged a couple of Emmys and Tonys.
Robert Davi as Jake Fratelli – Opera singing Jake Fratelli was played by an actor well versed in exercising his vocal talents. Robert Davi is also a singer. Not to mention writer and director. Since The Goonies, he’s pitched up in a plethora of places, including: Showgirls, Son of Pink Panther, Die Hard, The Iceman, The Expendables 3… He was also the main bad guy in James Bond thriller Licence to Kill back in 1989.
Sean Astin as Michael ‘Mikey’ Walsh – Sean Astin’s famous for The Goonies, sure, but he’s perhaps better known for being Samwise Gamgee, Frodo Baggins’ sidekick in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s also turned up in 24, voices Raphael in the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and even pitches in on occasion to help out the Democrats, notably serving as campaign manager for Dan Adler.
Anne Ramsey as Mama Fratelli – Anne Ramsey sadly died just three years after The Goonies was made, but found time in those years to star alongside Danny DeVito in Throw Momma From The Train, a role which bagged her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Pretty impressive work from the dastardly Mama Fratelli.