For a lot of folks, the 1985 film The Goonies is a huge part of their childhood. Mikey and the gang’s adventure trying to find the hidden treasure of the famed pirate One-Eyed Willy, all while staying one step ahead of the villainous Fratelli family, was perfect family fun and the epitome of 80s cinema.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 30 years since the Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg adventure comedy was released. So much has changed, so you may be wondering what ever happened to those Goonies? We’re here to tell you…
Here’s Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Goonies:
12 John Matuszak
John played Lotney ‘Sloth’ Fratelli in the film, the youngest son of Mama Fratelli. Sloth was physically deformed due to abuse, but he was blessed with a child-like innocence and a love of Baby Ruth candy bars. He was kept trapped in the basement by his family, until Chunk rescued him and insisted he come and live with him.
John’s career in the spotlight didn’t begin in front of a camera, but on the football field. A defensive end, he was the first pick in the 1973 NFL draft. He played for the Houston Oilers and the Kansas City Chiefs before finding a home with the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders, he won two Superbowl Championships before retiring in 1982 and taking up acting full time. He had a number of guest spots on TV shows such as The Dukes Of Hazzard, Miami Vice and The A-Team, often playing a gentle giant of some sort. He has five films to his credit, including the comedy Caveman, but it is Sloth that he is often most remembered for.
Unfortunately, John died of a drug overdose in 1989.
11 Joe Pantoliano
Pantoliano played Francis Fratelli in the film, the oldest of Mama’s boys. He spends the entire film adamant that he doesn’t wear a toupee, until it is revealed in the end that he does, in fact, wear a hairpiece.
Joe is the quintessential character actor, who began his career playing a mugger in the 1974 film, Road Movie. It wasn’t until his turn as ‘Guido The Killer Pimp’ in Risky Business that his career really took off, however. He has appeared in more than 80 films throughout his career, usually playing the wise-cracking sidekick with attitude. But he does it so well, it never gets old. He won an Emmy for his excellent turn playing Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos.
He can currently be seen on the Netflix series Sense8.
10 Robert Davi
Davi played Jake Fratelli, the opera-loving son of criminal mastermind Mama Fratelli and the younger brother to Francis. He was the one that the rest of the Fratelli clan broke out of jail during the opening credits of the film.
Robert began his career in 1977, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in the made for television film Contract On Cherry Street. That appearance led to more television work, before he landed the role of Nino in the Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds film City Heat in 1984, and he hasn’t stopped since. The majority of his roles have been of the bad guy variety, although he occasionally gets to play the good guy, usually in a law enforcement type of role. He just has that look about him. Robert is also a classically trained singer and released a well-received jazz album in 2011, where he covered the songs of Frank Sinatra.
He continues to work in television and film, and can last be seen in the thriller Criminal, which was released earlier this year.
9 Anne Ramsey
Ramsey played the villainous matriarch Agatha ‘Mama’ Fratelli in the film. She was the mastermind behind the family’s criminal activity, although a lot could be said about her maternal instincts, especially when it came to poor Sloth.
Aside from Mama Fratelli, Anne is best known for her Academy Award nominated performance opposite Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal in 1987’s Throw Mama From The Train. She was much more than those two characters, however, as her long and storied career proves. Throughout her career she had more than fifty television and movie credits under her belt, including guest starring spots on the most popular shows of the 80s. She and her husband also formed the Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia in 1959, whose troupe members included Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Sally Kirkland and Morgan Freeman.
Sadly, Anne succumbed to esophageal cancer in 1988, at the age of 59.
8 Jeff Cohen
Cohen played the lovable, but ultimately klutzy, Lawrence ‘Chunk’ Cohen in the film. Most famous for the ‘Truffle Shuffle,’ Chunk was the one who came to the rescue in the end, and along with Sloth, saved the day.
Jeff appeared in a few television roles after the film, but according to him, once puberty hit, his acting career was over. Director Richard Donner helped Jeff get different jobs at various movie studios over the years and he fell in love with the behind-the-scenes aspect of movie making. He decided to pursue a degree in law when he realized that all the movers and shakers in the business had law degrees behind them.
In 2002 he opened the law firm Cohen & Gardner in Beverly Hills, where he still practices.
7 Ke Huy Quan
Quan played sidekick and hapless inventor, Richard ‘Data’ Wang in the film. Although he idolized James Bond and wanted to be a spy, his inventions never seemed to work like they were supposed to, often causing more trouble than they were worth. Thankfully, the majority of the time, luck was on his side and he managed to muddle through the usually disastrous outcome of his failed work.
Ke Huy already had a pretty impressive entry on his resume when he was cast in the role of Data. The year before, he played Short Round alongside Harrison Ford in the 1984 film, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. Unfortunately, playing two such iconic characters didn’t help propel him into the spotlight, although he did star in a number of Asian films and television series before landing the role of Jasper Kwong on the sitcom, Head Of The Class.
After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, he moved behind the camera, working as a stunt co-ordinator on such films as X-Men and The One.
6 Martha Plimpton
Plimpton played Stephanie ‘Stef’ Steinbrenner, best friend of Andi and daughter to the Astoria sheriff. She, along with Andi, got dragged into the epic quest of finding One-Eyed Willy’s treasure by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It did give her an opportunity to see a different side of Mouth, however, so it couldn’t have been all bad.
Martha is part of the Carradine Hollywood dynasty, as her father is actor Keith Carradine. Her role as Stef in The Goonies is considered her breakout role, and she used it to her advantage to land roles in The Mosquito Coast, Running On Empty and Parenthood. While she has continued to make films, Martha has found her niche on the small screen and in the theatre. She is a Tony and Emmy nominated actress, and won an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her work on The Good Wife.
She can currently be seen on the ABC comedy The Real O’Neals where she plays the family matriarch.
5 Corey Feldman
Feldman played Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux in the film, the wise-cracking and motor-mouthed sidekick of Mikey. In one of the most memorable scenes in the film, he put his Spanish skills to the test and ‘helped’ Mrs. Walsh translate for the new non-English speaking maid. Rosalita will never look at an attic the same way again.
Corey was pretty much a pro by the time he landed the role of Mouth in the film. He had already appeared in a number of commercials and television shows, as well as the films Friday The Thirteenth: The Final Chapter and Gremlins. His fame skyrocketed as the 80s progressed, and he starred in such films as Stand By Me, The Lost Boys and License To Drive, becoming a heartthrob along with his best friend Corey Haim. While the actor has worked pretty steadily over the course of his career, once the 90s hit, it seems his choice of roles dwindled.
Corey can currently be heard as the voice of Slash on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
4 Kerri Greene
Green played Andrea ‘Andi’ Carmichael, the red-headed cheerleader that was the object of Brand’s affections. Although she technically isn’t a Goonie, she inadvertently got caught up in the adventure, and decided to continue with her new friends, even after they found a way out. Who could blame her when her other option was Troy?
Kerri used The Goonies as a bit of a springboard, which led to parts in the John Candy comedy Summer Rental and a turn opposite Cory Haim and Charlie Sheen in 1986’s Lucas. What looked like a promising career was halted with the release of her next flick, Three For The Road, in which she co-starred with Charlie Sheen and Alan Ruck. The film was a critical and financial flop, and basically ended her career as a leading lady. Although she did make appearances in smaller movies and on television shows, she was never able to break back into the big time.
Her last film appearance was in the 2012 independent film Complacent.
3 Josh Brolin
Brolin played Brandon ‘Brand’ Walsh in the film. He was Mikey’s older brother and the person tasked with making sure his little bro didn’t get into any trouble while their mother tried to get ready for the foreclosure. Yeah, that didn’t turn out so well. Brand also had issues passing his driver’s test, which made for great fodder for the rest of the gang.
Josh Brolin, son of acting legend James Brolin, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps when he chose acting as his profession. Like a number of the cast members, the role of Brand was his first film role, and quite nearly his last. After the release of his second film, Thrashin’, Brolin took a break from the big screen, choosing to hone his craft on the stage and television. Although he returned to films in the mid-90s, his breakout role as an adult came with his starring turn in the Coen brothers’ masterpiece, No Country For Old Men in 2007.
Brolin was last seen in this year’s Hail Caesar! and will reprise his role of the Mad Titan, Thanos, in the next Avengers film, The Avengers: Infinity War Part I, set for release in 2018.
2 Sean Astin
Astin played Michael ‘Mikey’ Walsh, the optimistic, unofficial leader of the Goonies as they set out on their final adventure to find the treasure of One-Eyed Willy and save their neighbourhood from foreclosure.
Sean comes from a showbiz family, so it’s no surprise that he decided to take up the profession himself. Playing Mikey in The Goonies was his first film role, but it definitely wasn’t his last. Sean has built a lovely career for himself, not only as an actor, but as a director, producer and a voiceover artist. His most famous roles, depending upon your movie taste, are either playing Daniel Ruettiger in the biopic, Rudy, or Samwise Gamgee in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. He continues to work in various television and film roles and can currently be heard voicing Rafael in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
While it's always interesting to see what happened to the stars of one of your favorite films growing up, it also has a tendency to make you feel really old. Are you surprised by what your favorite Goonies are doing now? Let us know in the comments below!
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