Believe it or not, The Goonies was released 29 years ago today. Released June 7, 1985, the 80’s classic that sent a bunch of outcast kids in pursuit of One-Eyed Willie’s rich stuff to save their Goon Docks homes hit theaters, raking in $9 million on its opening weekend and a total of $61 million in the U.S. that year. It landed in the top 10 grossing movies of the year.
Sequel rumors have run rampant over the years. In 2007, Sean Astin was quoted as saying that Goonies 2 was “an absolute certainty,” only for Corey Feldman to turn around and Tweet, NO! There is no Goonies 2! I’m sorry but it’s just not gonna happen…” the following year. Fans have warily gotten their hopes back up again, though, as director Richard Donner announced in April 2014, that plans for the sequel are officially in the works and he’s hoping for as much of the original cast and crew to return as possible – even Steven Spielberg. They would all be 29 years older, of course, which leaves some wondering exactly how that would work. Find out what The Goonies have been up to for almost three decades. Spoiler alert: Chunk can’t do the truffle shuffle anymore!
11. Kerri Green – Andrea “Andie” Carmichael
Kerri Green seemed to be headed for a bright career in Hollywood in 1985. She played the role of John Candy’s daughter in the hit comedy, Summer Rental of the same year and starred alongside Charlie Sheen in the 1986 film, Three For The Road. But, Green decided the spotlight wasn’t for her. Green is now married with kids and has a film production company, Independent Women Artists, with Bonnie Dickensen.
10. Joe Pantoliono – Francis Fratelli
Known by many as just Joey Pants, the most spoiled of the Fratelli brothers got his big break in the Tom cruise film Risky Business and his spot in The Goonies followed. Pantoliano went on to have a lucrative career, playing Cypris in the wildly popular The Matrix and Ralph Cifaretto in the hit HBO series, The Sopranos.
9. Robert Davi – Jake Fratelli
As the starved-for-attention Fratelli brother, Robert Davi sung his way through his tough guy role using his background as a singer and actor. After The Goonies, Davi scored roles in Die Hard, Showgirls, License to Kill and in the critically acclaimed show, The Profiler. In 2011, Davi launched his singing career by releasing his first album, Davi Sings Sinatara – On The Road To Romance. The album made it to number 6 on the Jazz Billboard charts and Davi headlined a show in Las Vegas.
8. Michael Paul Chan – Data’s Dad
Michael Paul Chan might not be the first character you think of when you think The Goonies, as he only had a small spot as Data’s inventor dad at the very end of the film. But, as an older, bigger version of Data, with his faulty inventions and naïve charm, it was a memorable one and Chan has gone on to have a successful career as an actor and producer. After landing roles in the film Falling Down and TV series like, Valley of the Dolls, Spy Game, Lois & Clark and Arrested Development, Chan found a recurring spot on the hit show, The Closer and Major Crimes as Lieutenant Mike Tao.
7. Jonathan Ke Quan – Data
Coming off the heels of his memorable role as Short Round in the wildly popular film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jonathan Ke Quan nailed the character of Data in The Goonies and making “fifty dolla’ bill!” a common household phrase. Quan went on to work as a stunt choreographer for films such as X-Men and Jet Li’s The One.
6. John Matuszack – Sloth
“Hey, you guys!” As a defensive end for the Oakland Raiders through the 70s and early 80s, Sloth was a surprising role for John Matuszack, but became perhaps the most memorable of the whole film. Matuszack, better known to his fans as “The Tooz” reportedly had difficulty shooting the more physical parts of the film, like throwing the Goonies off the pirate ship at the end, because of intense pain he suffered due to sports injuries. Unfortunately, Matuszack died of an accidental prescription pill overdose in 1989.
5. Jeff Cohen – Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen
The award for Biggest Goonie Transformation goes to Jeff Cohen, hands down. Better known as “Chunk,” Cohen noted in a 2009 reunion interview with the cast that being the heavy kid on set was challenging in many ways for him. He decided not to pursue acting as a career and now works as a successful entertainment lawyer in Hollywood. With his lean physique, Cohen is almost unrecognizable, so hopefully those truffle shuffle jokes have died down for him by now.
4. Martha Plimpton – Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner
Martha Plimpton has kept busy since playing Stef in The Goonies. After a major role in the film, Parenthood, a highly-acclaimed career on Broadway, and landing the lead in the recently-cancelled FOX comedy series Raising Hope, Plimpton also keeps up with her fans on her Twitter account.
3. Corey Feldman – Clark “Mouth” Devereaux
Mouth was definitely a fitting name for Corey Feldman’s character in The Goonies, both on screen and off. Feldman became notorious in the 80s for his tabloid headlines and wild child star antics. He also went on to star in some of the most popular films of the 80s including, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys and The Burbs. He was also known for being best friends with fellow actor, Corey Haim. The two went on to star in a reality show, The Two Coreys. Feldman has been featured in two 80’s themed music videos – ‘Last Friday Night’ by Katy Perry and 1983 by Neon Trees.
2. Josh Brolin – Brandon “Brand” Walsh
Josh Brolin played Brand, Mikey’s older brother who was clad in his cut off sweats and trademark red bandanna. But Brolin, step-son to Barbra Streisand, has had many more memorable roles since his days as a reluctant Goonie. He has starred in major films like, No Country For Old Men, American Gangster, True Grit and Men In Black 3. He is also set to play the role of Marvel villain Thanos in the much-anticipated film, Guardian of the Galaxy as well as the third Avengers movie. Brolin married actress Diane Lane in 2004, but the pair recently announced their amicable split.
1. Sean Astin – Michael “Mikey” Walsh
As the star of The Goonies, Mikey was the whole reason the gang set for to find One-Eyed Willie’s pirate treasure in the first place. At just 13 years old, Mikey was Sean Astin’s debut film role and he was lucky enough to not fall prey to the curse of childhood actors. Astin starred in Toy Soldiers, Memphis Bell, 50 First Dates and everyone’s favorite football movie, Rudy. He continues to work, but these days, Astin is known best for being the best friend and sidekick to Frodo Baggins in the epic Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.
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