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‘The Goonies’ Star: Richard Donner Paid for My College After Acting Career Slowed Down

‘The Goonies’ Star: Richard Donner Paid for My College After Acting Career Slowed Down

Tributes to filmmaker Richard Donner have been pouring in all week following the director’s passing July 5. One of Donner’s most iconic movies is “The Goonies,” and cast member Jeff Cohen revealed in a tribute post that Donner paid for his college tuition in the aftermath of Cohen’s career in Hollywood puttering out. Cohen starred in “The Goonies” as Chunk, a fan favorite character.

“The story is when my acting career started to peter out, I still loved show business, and Dick let me be a production assistant for him,” Cohen wrote in a tribute published by Variety. “I worked for him at Warner Bros. When I was applying to college, I said, ‘Hey Dick, can you write me a letter of recommendation for college?’ And he said, ‘Sure kid.” He called everybody kid. If you were seven years old he called you kid. If you were 50 years old he called you kid.

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