Life and career
Born on June 25, 1974 in Los Angeles, California as Jeffrey Bertan McMahon, he was a child actor, with roles in television shows such as Kids Incorporated and Family Ties. Initially trying out for the role of Mouth, he was instead given the role of Chunk. He came down with chicken pox following his casting and, afraid he would lose the role, came to the set while sick. On the set, he had an interest in the filming process and was taught how to dolly a camera and direct a scene by director Richard Donner. To generate genuine tears during his interrogation scene with the Fratellis, Cohen thought about his mother dying.
Following The Goonies, he joined his high school's football team and lost weight, distancing him from mockery tied to the role of Chunk. He studied at the UCLA School of Law and graduated in 2000 and started his own firm in 2002, where he still works today.
Cohen occasionally attends fan events and conventions, such as the annual Goonies Day event held in Astoria, Oregon.
- His real life mother and sister had parts in The Goonies as Chunk's mother and sister, respectively.
- As a child, one of his hobbies was collecting hats and, at one point, had "about 530 of them."
- The Goonies Souvenir Magazine
|The Goonies actors and actresses|
|Main cast||Sean Astin • Josh Brolin • Jeff Cohen • Robert Davi • Corey Feldman • Kerri Green • John Matuszak • Joe Pantoliano • Martha Plimpton • Ke Huy Quan • Anne Ramsey|
|Secondary cast||Steve Antin • Curtis Hanson • Lupe Ontiveros • Mary Ellen Trainor • Keith Walker|
|Miscellaneous cast||Jeb Adams • Newton Dennis Arnold • Owen Bush • Patrick Cameron • Michael Paul Chan • Elaine Cohen McMahon • Ted Grossman • Orwin Harvey • Charles McDaniel • George Nicholas McLean • Jack O'Leary • George Robotham • Gene Ross • Max Segar • Paul Tuerpe • Eric Briant Wells|