Goonies star Jeff Cohen shows off his sculpted arms as he steps out in LA… decades after rising to fame as Chunk from epic Steven Spielberg film
Goonies star Jeff Cohen was spotted out and about in LA decades after rising to fame as Chunk from the beloved Steven Spielberg film.
Looking a far cry from his iconic character, the actor-turned-entertainment lawyer showcased his sculpted arms as he stepped out carrying various boxes and a tote bag.
The attorney, 48, appeared deep in contemplation whilst striding across a grassy lawn with car keys in his free hand.
Chunk takes out the junk! Goonies star Jeff Cohen was spotted out and about in LA decades after rising to fame as Chunk from the beloved Steven Spielberg film
Cohen wore a red wheel print T-shirt with his glasses tucked into the neckline and a pair of blue UC Berkeley sweatpants.
He briefly kept his gaze down as he walked across the stone pathway.
A five o’clock shadow sprouted alongside his chin.
It has been 37 years since Cohen rose to fame playing the hilarious Chunk in the epic Steven Spielberg adventure film The Goonies.
Doing the truffle shuffle! Cohen played the lovable and hilarious Chunk from the hit 1985 film
As Cohen grew and lost his puppy fat, however, he was forced to quit Hollywood for good when he could no longer put himself forward for the ‘fat kid roles’.
‘There were basically about four fat kids in town, so every time there was a fat kid role you saw the same people at the audition,’ the attorney said back in 2015.
‘It was survival of the fattest. But when I hit puberty, it was a career ender for me. I was transforming from Chunk to hunk and I couldn’t get roles any more.’
Jeff continued: ‘It was terrible. My first love was acting but puberty had other ideas. It was a forced retirement. I didn’t give up acting. Acting gave me up.’
Keeping it casual! Cohen wore a red wheel print T-shirt with his glasses tucked into the neckline and a pair of blue UC Berkeley sweatpants
Nowadays, Jeff is a partner at the law firm he co-founded in 2002, Cohen Gardner LLP.
Asked whether he ever worried that his child star past would make potential clients take him less seriously, he said: ‘My clients get a kick out of the fact their lawyer is Chunk. They dig it. With my job, I’m dealing with legitimately famous people, so it’s just silly and fun. I’m usually only the fifth most famous person in the room at any one time.’
Describing himself as ‘goofy, chubby and something of a clown,’ the LA native had small parts in US television shows like Webster, The Facts of Life, and Family Ties before landing the role of Chunk in The Goonies when he was just 10.
The cast, which included Josh Brolin as Brand, Corey Feldman as Mouth, Sean Astin as Mikey, and Ke Huy Quan as Data, filmed in Astoria, Oregon, the Warner Bros studios in Los Angeles, and Bodega Bay in Northern California.
Goonies forever! It has been 37 years since Cohen rose to fame playing the hilarious Chunk in the epic Steven Spielberg adventure film The Goonies
‘It was great,’ Cohen – born McMahon – said. ‘For me, the best part about it was Richard Donner the director. He was big on letting the kids be kids and I think that’s one of the reasons the movie stands up today.’
The UC Berkeley grad continued: ‘People still watch the movie themselves or watch it with their own kids. Even though it’s very eighties in the fashions it’s still kids being kids. Richard Donner wanted us to improvise, talk over each other, push and shove and kind of do our thing.
‘I think that’s one of the reasons people like it. It doesn’t seem like kids acting. It’s just kids being themselves, which Richard really encouraged. He wanted us to be comfortable.’
The late filmmaker encouraged his young cast to improvise.
‘He would throw little surprises at us during shooting because he wanted to get our real reactions,’ Jeff recalled.
‘In the scene where Sloth picks me up while I’m strapped to a chair, I was told he wasn’t going to pick me up because John Matuszak’s back hurt. But of course John was so strong it was nothing to him, so he just picked me up and kissed me. My shock and horror was real. I wasn’t that good an actor – that was actual terror on my face.’
The Goonies grossed over $61M worldwide following its 1985 release and some of the cast members – including Jeff – were sent on a promotional world tour with their families.