'Goonies' Kids: Where Are They Now?
In celebration of 'The Goonies' 30th anniversary (the film hit theaters June 7, 1985), THR takes a look at the careers of the now grown-up cast.
In 1985, a group of curious kids in the children's adventure film The Goonies took audiences along on their journey to find a pirate's ancient treasure in hopes to save a family home from foreclosure.
The four boys and two girls' story led (and continues to lead) children on a wild ride to Sloth's (John Matuszak) island. Goonies was wildly successful, both in viewer ratings and monetarily, and earned $61,389,680 at the box office since its June 7, 1985 release.
So what have the kids been up to since director Richard Donner, story writer Steven Spielberg and screenplay writer Chris Columbus' The Goonies hit theaters 30 years ago? The Hollywood Reporter finds out how the summer blockbuster impacted the child actors' careers.
Sean Astin (Mikey Walsh)
Astin's film debut as Mikey Walsh launched a successful career for the actor. Following Goonies, Astin starred in Rudy (1993) and nearly a decade later in global blockbuster trilogy Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Since appearing in Peter Jackson's film adaption of JRR Tolkien's books, he's worked steadily in the industry, appearing in both films and TV shows, including The Strain (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2015).
Corey Feldman (Clark “Mouth” Devereaux)
Feldman had a career as a child actor prior to Goonies and has continued working steadily since his role as Mouth. The now 43-year-old has more than 80 films on his résumé, including parts on Stand By Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), TV series Dweebs (1995), South Beach Academy (1996) and most recently in Zero Dark Thirty (2013) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2013-2015).
Jeff Cohen (Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen)
Cohen's role as "Chunk" on The Goonies is a highlight of the actor's career. Following the children's adventure film, Cohen had small guest roles on a few TV series including Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1986), Family Ties (1984-1987), She's the Sheriff (1987) and TV movies Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988) and Perfect Harmony (1991). Since 2001, he's worked on the production side of film, serving as producer on The Living Century (2001-2003) and Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson (2009). He's also appeared as himself in TV series documentary I Love Toys (2006) and The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies' (2010).
Josh Brolin (Brandon “Brand” Walsh)
Brolin's role as "Brand" launched a highly successful career for the actor. Since Goonies, Brolin appeared in multiple TV series including Private Eye (1987-1988), The Young Riders (1989-1992) and Winnetka Road (1994) before going on to star in films. Some of his most notable movies are No Country for Old Men (2007), American Gangster (2007), W. (2008), Milk (he nabbed a supporting actor Oscar nom for his role in 2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Inherent Vice (2014) and 2015's Sicario.
Kerri Green (Andrea “Andy” Carmichael)
Since Goonies, Green's career has been sprinkled with on-camera projects. She appeared in films Summer Rental (1985), Lucas (1986) and Three for the Road (1987) directly after the children's movie and scored small guest roles on multiple TV series in the decade following: In the Heat of the Night (1990), Mad About You (1992), Murder, She Wrote (1994), ER (2000) and Law and Order: SVU (2001). Most recently, she appeared in the film Complacent in 2012.
Jonathan Ke Quan (Richard “Data” Wang)
Following his days as child actor on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Goonies in 1985, Ke Quan has sporadically worked in front of and behind the camera in the past 30 years. He appeared in Together We Stand (1986-1987), Breathing Fire (1991) and Head of the Class (1990-1991), among others, and is most recently credited for projects including 2002's Second Time Around, assistant director for The One (2001) and was a stunt coordinator for 2009's Enigma.
Martha Plimpton (Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner)
Plimpton's role as Stephanie Steinbrenner on The Goonies showcased her skills as an actress and aided in her steadily successful on-camera career following the film's release. In 1986, she appeared in the Harrison Ford-leading film The Mosquito Coast and numerous other films in the past 30 years including Parenthood (1989), Samantha (1992), Beautiful Girls (1996) and 2011's Company. Numerous TV shows also fill her résumé: ER (1999), How to Make it in America (2010-2011), The Good Wife (2009-2013) and Raising Hope (2010-2014).