What Ever Happened to.. the cast of The Goonies?

1985’s ‘The Goonies’ has mystical powers, compelling an entire generation to watch it again from start to finish anytime it appears on TV.

Like most beloved kids films it’s probably not as amazing as you might remember (the script for the middle section reads ‘cast walk down yet another dark tunnel’) but with pirates, treasure, gadgets, a scary woman with a face like a fist and ‘HEY YOU GUYS!’ who’s complaining…

Which cast member later directed Cher and Christina Aguilera?  Who is related to Bill from Kill Bill? Did Sean Astin ever land a part in another long-drawn out adventure series that mostly features walking?

Find out after the jump!

First up though a deleted scene.

You may have notice at the end of the film when the kids babble about the whole adventure to their parents Data mentions ‘a giant octopus’ – why did he just throw that lie in? Surely the pirate ship and death-traps were already impressive enough?  Well actually he wasn’t a little liar, there was a giant octopus scene but it was cut.

Now, onto the cast!

Sean Astin – Michael “Mikey” Walsh

Little Sean with the braces came from a real Hollywood family, his parents are the actress Patty Duke and John Astin (though his biological dad is Michael Tell).  John Astin is best known for playing Gomez in the original Addams Family TV series.

Probably not as creepy as pictured 

Sean’s career seemed to be moving into decent adult roles in the early 90’s with films like Memphis Belle, Rudy and Toy Soldiers though his work dried up over the next decade.

Landing the part of the loyal (and a little gay for Frodo) Samwise Gangee in Lord of the Rings was a huge breakthrough in 2000.  Sean is still good friends with his co-star Elijah Wood.  His daughter Alexandra Astin pops up in one scene.

Since Lord of the Rings he’s appeared in Law & Order and 24.  Currently voices Raphael on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series (Corey Feldman has a TMNT connection too, see below).

He has been married to Christine Harrell for over twenty years, they have three daughters together.

Corey Feldman - Clark “Mouth” Devereaux

Corey was a child-star who appeared in a string of classic 80’s films like The Lost Boys, Stand By Me, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, and he voiced Donatello in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

During the 90’s his drug problems took off and his career did not.  Corey appeared in a lot of independent/rubbish films with his best friend Corey Haim (the former child-stars were known as ‘the two Coreys’).  He also released a few music albums.

Since 200 Corey appeared inreality shows like The Surreal Life and released an album called ‘Former Child Actor’.   He also had a cameo in Moby’s video for ‘We Are All Made of Stars’ alongside Verne Troyer, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, JC Chasez and Gary Coleman amongst others.

In 2007 he teamed up with Corey Haim for a reality series called ‘The Two Coreys’ which showed them fighting a lot and talking about allegations that they were abused as children.

Corey Haim died in 2010 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.  He was 38.

More recently Corey Feldman appeared on the British TV series ‘Dancing on Ice’ – he was knocked out after four weeks.

He is divorced from model Susie Sprague (MC Hammer was the minister at their wedding, naturally).  They have one son.

Ke Huy Quan – Richard “Data” Wang

Also known as Jonathan Ke Quan.  His family fled to the US after the Fall of Saigon in South Vietnam.  His first film role at age 12 was opposite Harrison Ford in ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’.  When phoning his mum from the set he referred to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as bearded man 1 and bearded man 2.

Most recently he’s worked as a stunt coordinator for X Men and The One.

Here’s a 2009 interview

Jeff Cohen –  Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen

Lost all that weight when he became a high-school football player and later studied Business at Berkley.  Is now an entertainment lawyer and co-founded the Cohen & Gardner firm in Beverly Hills

Josh Brolin – Brandon “Brand” Walsh

Though Josh’s dad James Brolin is a famous actor, he grew up on a range far away from Hollywood.  His parents divorced when he was 16 and his mum Jane later died in a car accident.  His dad is now married to Barbara Streisand.

After The Goonies, Josh went for a part on ‘21 Jump Street’ and got down to the last two – the part ended up going to Johnny Depp but the two have remained friends since.

Apparently he turned away from screen-acting after seeing his performance in the 1986 skate movie ‘Thrasin’.  The director’s first choice for the role was Johnny Depp.

He appeared in TV mini-series throughout the 90’s but got a break in Robert Rodriguez’ Grindhouse film ‘Planet Terror’ in 2006 and made a huge comeback the following year with the lead role in the Coen brothers’ ‘No Country For Old Men’.  Has since starred in ‘W.’, ‘Men in Black III’, ‘Milk’, ‘True Grit’ and ‘Gangster Squad’.

Josh was married to Diane Lane from 2006 to 2013 and he has two children from his previous marriage to Alice Adair.

Kerri Green – Andrea “Andy” Carmichael

After 80’s hits (i never heard of) ‘Summer Rental’ and ‘Lucas’ Kerri took a break from acting in the 90’s to study art at Vassar University   She now lives with her husband and two kids in a New York suburb.  She has set up a production company and writes screenplays.

Martha Plimpton – Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner

Martha’s dad is also an actor, Keith Carradine, best known as FBI agent Frank Lundy in Dextor.

Which means her uncle is the late David Carradine who starred in Kill Bill.

Before landing the part of toy-boy Stef, Martha was a Calvin Klein Model.  She followed The Goonies will a role opposite Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix in The Mosquito Coast.  She dated River but broke up with him over his drug issues.  He later died from an overdose in 1993.

Martha also starred in the early 90’s comedy classic Parenthood and has worked consistently over the last 20 years with parts on stage, in independent films and on TV series like Grey’s Anatomy.

These days she’s playing Virginia Chance on Raising Hope. 

Anne Ramsay –  Ma Fratelli

Having set up Philidelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts with her husband Anne began to get ‘character roles’ in the 1970’s.  She was alter Oscar nominated for her role in ‘Throw Mama From the Train’ in 1988. Her trademark slurred speech was due to having some of her tongue and jaw removed due to throat cancer. The cancer returned in 1988, she died at age 59.

Joe Pantoliano –  Francis Fratelli

Joe’s first major role was ‘Guido The Killer Pimp’ in Tom Cruise’s breakout film ‘Risky Business’.  He also popped up opposite Tommy Lee Jones in 1993’s ‘The Fugitive’.

Joe has also appeared in Memento, and is best known these days for playing Ralph in The Sopranos and Cypher in The Matrix.

He has four children with his wife and has written two memoirs – one dealing with his clinical depression.

Joe is apparently often called ‘Joey Pants’ as his surname is tricky to pronounce.

Robert Davi – Jake Fratelli

Robert often plays the bad guys and has had roles in ‘Die Hard’, ‘Showgirls’ and the James Bond film ‘License to Kill’.

Since then he appeared in his own NBC series called ‘Profiler’ and recently launched a singing career.  He has six children (one from a previous marriage  and is an outspoken Republican.

John Matuszak – Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli

John Daniel “Tooz” Matuszak was a former football player (with the Oakland Raiders) and won ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ in 1978.  In the 80’s he moved into acting and played the roles of either ‘gentle giants’ or football players.  Sloth was by far his biggest role, but John paid for it, the make-up took five hours to apply.

He died in 1989 from an accidental overdose of a prescription drug. He was 38 years old.

Mary Ellen Trainor – Irene Walsh

Mary Ellen Turner popped up in almost every major 80’s movie.  She played Dr Stephanie Woods in four Lethal Weapon films –

She also gave a wide-eyed look in Scrooged..

..Ghostbusters 2..

.. Back to the Future Part 2..

.. and Die Hard.

More recently she played Forrest Gump‘s babysitter and appeared on the TV series Roswell. 

She has one son, Alexander, with her ex husband the film director Roger Zemeckis. Not much info on what’s she’s up to these days but her Facebook pic tells us she is near water.

Keith Walker – Irving Walsh

All we know about Keith is that he died in 1996 aged 61.

Steve Antin – Troy Perkins

After his role as the high-school bully in The Goonies, Steve went on to play a rapist opposite Jodie Foster in ‘The Accused’.   You’ve heard one of his characters referred to hundreds of times – he played Jessie in Rick Springfield’s video for ‘Jessie’s Girl’ (Steve’s at 45 seconds – blink and you’ll miss it).

Recently Steve’s been working as a screenwriter and producer, he created the series ‘Young Americans’ and in 2010 directed ‘Burlesque’ starring Christina Aguilera and Cher.

His sister Robin founded the Pussycat Dolls. Steve is openly gay and previously dated  producer and Dreamworkds co-founder David Geffen.

Lupe Ontiveros – Rosalita

As a Latin actress Lupe was often typecast and said she had played a maid at least 150 times on stage and screen. Most notably she appeared in ‘As Good As It Gets’, ‘Real Women have Curves’ and as Gabrielle’s mother in law in ‘Desperate Housewives’.

In July 2012 she died after battling liver cancer, she had three sons with her husband.

Lupe was 69 years old.

Director Richard Donner 

Richard Donner’s breakthrough film was The Omen in 1976, he then famously brought Superman back to the big screen in 1978 and directed Mel Gibson in 4 Lethal Weapon films.  He seems to have gone quiet on the directing from but was executive producer for X-Men in 2000 and the prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

That’s the whole cast of The Goonies!  Will there ever be a second film? Well it’s been talked about for years and the cast all seem up for it but it just can’t seem to get off the starting blocks.  In the meantime the cast are still hanging out together.

Here they are reunited with director Richard Donner in 2005

And another reunion with Empire magazine in 2009.

Before we go here’s a few more deleted scenes from the movie.

And so we bid farewell …

 Cast of The Goonies – we salute you!

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