I have the key.

–Chester Copperpot

Chester Copperpot was a reclusive scavenger hunter from Astoria, Oregon who went missing in the 1930s while looking for One-Eyed Willy's treasure. He was later found by the Goonies, crushed and a skeleton underneath a rock from one of One-Eyed Willy's booby traps.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Chester Copperpot's was reported as missing in the November 30, 1935 issue of The Astoria Legend. A copy of this was stored in the Walsh's attic, as meant to be a part of the local museum. When Chunk read the story aloud, Mikey was inspired to lead the same treasure hunt, in one last grand hurrah before the Goon Docks were to be signed away to be demolished.

The Goonies later discover his skeleton in the tunnels where he evidently triggered a booby trap that crushed him under a boulder. They identify his corpse from information in his wallet, which also contains a Lou Gehrig baseball card. They take his candles, dynamite sticks, and the skull-shaped key which the map calls "Copper Bones". Moments later Mikey triggers the same trap that Chester did, but luckily the Goonies are able to escape unharmed.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The man pictured in the newspaper is uncredited in the film. A number of people have been speculated as to who he is:[1]

  • Keenan Wynn. Supposedly the Wynn family has said it is not Keenan.
  • Sigmund Freud. He looks similar, however again people connected to the Freud estate have supposedly said it is not him.
  • Bob Scaife, the construction coordinator on The Goonies. He supposedly had the look Steven Spielberg wanted for Copperpot.
  • Prop photo. It looks like the same photo appeared in the 1981 movie Shock Treatment. The photo might've been found in a prop storeroom and thus the individual might not be identifiable even by the filmmakers.
  • Patrick Troughton: Actor who is seen in newspaper photo may be Patrick Troughton, actor who portrayed second Doctor in “Doctor Who“ as well as appearing in fantasy films like “Jason and the Argonauts” and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”[citation needed]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. trips (2008-11-05). Who is this actor?. Retrieved on 2018-10-07.
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