Each decade seems to have some recurring themes which were very popular. One such hit theme of the mid 1980s seems to be that of scrawny and scrappy underdog kid surmounting the odds to emerge victorious. In the process, they save themselves or others from great disasters or outside threats. We have several movies as exemplars of this theme – Daniel-son had to defeat the Cobra Kai in ‘the Karate Kid,’ the teens of Calumet, Colorado had to fight off and beat most of the communist bloc in ‘Red Dawn.’ However, the biggest underdog kids story perhaps were ‘The Goonies.’
They were a band of misfits from the goon docks of Astoria, Oregon who had to outlast a fugitive family to find the booby-trapped treasury of a 17th century pirate “One-Eyed Willie.” The treasure helped prevent their parents’ home from being turned into a golf course. ‘The Goonies’ was an ensemble performance all the way. The seven actors who acted as the ragtag gang of young treasure hunters delivered memorable performances.As a matter of fact, most of them used the movies as a stepping stone into a fully-fledged TV and film careers, including the ones who did not prove to be very successful in the future.
So what have these actors been up to since the since the success of their Goonies days? How did their respective career pan out? Read on to find out more.
1. Sean Astin as Michael ‘Mikey’ Walsh
Then – In the movie Sean Astin played the character of Mickey-Walsh, the ringleader or the leader of the ragtag gang if you like. His character suffers from asthma. This was Astin’s debut in a feature film. Before this, Astin who is also the son of actress Patty Duke, first appeared on the screen in 1981 opposite his mother in the hit TV-movie ‘Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom.’
Now – After Goonies, Astin has had a fabulous career, boasting a CV which would be the envy of just about any actors out there. He is known for playing the lead and titular character in the inspirational football tale ‘Rudy’ and the side-kick hobbit to Frodo, SamwiseGamgee in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. In 2012, the 41 years old actor made appearances on episodes of ‘NCIS’ and ‘Franklin and Bash.’ He was also the voice actor to Raphael in the pilot for the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ animated series. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in Goonies co-star Corey Feldman’s bizzare music video. He continues to work steadily on small projects to remain occupied.
2. Corey Feldman as Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux
Then:Having been a child actor since he was 6, Feldman was not new to the acting business prior to Goonies. However, his portrayal of the wisecrack Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux in the movie proved to be the breakthrough role which would bring in much more successes in similar roles. Roles in movies such as “Stand By Me” and “Friday the 13th: A New Beginning” consolidated him. He has had collaborations with Corey Haim in “The Lost Boys.” “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream.”
Now: Popularly known as ‘The Two Coreys’ Feldman and Haim were lifelong friends and much of the former’s latter career was shaped by his professional as well as personal relationship with the latter. Haim died in 2010 by the age of 39 by which time they’ve collaborated on different films. Feldman starred with his dear friend in the 2007-2008 reality show ‘The Two Coreys’ but left the program in protest of Haim’s continuous drug-abuse. Recently, Feldman has made appearances in Katy Perry’s video ‘Last Friday Night’ (T.G.I.F.) and the UK version of ‘Dancing on Ice.’ Like Astin, he was a voice-actor in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.’