Just the other day our beloved film The Goonies turned 30 years old. Some of us here at It Goes to 11 are old enough to remember seeing the film in the theater (get off my lawn!). This cult classic movie takes us on a ride with a group of tweens and teens searching for lost pirate treasure in their hometown of Astoria, Oregon and the troubles they get themselves into. Using incredible set pieces and beautiful cinematography, Goonies is one of those timeless movies that just don’t age.
To celebrate let’s take a look at where The Goonies are now…
Sean Astin as Michael “Mikey” Walsh
The Goonies was Sean’s first film credit. Possibly more famous than his role as Mikey, Sean went on to play Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Currently Astin provides the voice of Shazam in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. He’s also married to Miss Indiana Teen USA 1984, Christine Harrell, and is a father of three.
Corey Feldman as Clark “Mouth” Devereaux
Corey was an experienced actor before he landed the role of Mouth. At the time, Feldman was in a string of high earning, often number-one films including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), Stand By Me (1986), and The Lost Boys (1987). With dozens of films under his belt, Feldman currently heads up the ska band Truth Movement.
Jonathan Ke Huy Quan as Richard “Data” Wang
Many folks will recognize Jonathan from his role as Short Round, performing alongside Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw in Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. After The Goonies, Quan added Breathing Fire, Encino Man, and Second Time Around to his filmography list. He went on to choreograph stunt work and dabbled in film editing. Today Jonathan lives quietly in Australia, retired from the acting spotlight.
Josh Brolin as Brandon “Brand” Walsh
The Goonies was Brolin’s first film. Appearing in a wide range of films, his latest work includes Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron (cast in both movies as super-villain Thanos). He’s engaged to model Kathryn Boyd (she is also Josh’s assistant).
Jeff Cohen as Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen
The Goonies was Jeff’s second film after Little Shots (1983). He added a couple more movies to his filmography, as well as a string of appearances on ‘80s kids TV shows. Currently he’s an attorney in Beverly Hills, CA.
Kerri Green as Andrea “Andy” Carmichael
Another actor whose first film was The Goonies, Kerri continued to work through the ‘80s and then again in 2010 for the film Complacent. She had a string of appearances on TV, including ER and Mad About You. In the late ‘90s she co-founded a movie production company, Independent Women Artists. Currently there’s not much on the Internet about any projects she’s working on…
Martha Plimpton as Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner
The daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton, Martha started her career as a model. After appearing in a few movies she landed the role of Stef in The Goonies, her breakthrough performance. Plimpton’s extensive repertoire includes Broadway theatre, television, and an extensive filmography, including Academy Award nominations. Today she’s active in politics and continues to grace the theatrical stage as well as roles on television.