‘The Goonies’ actress Mary Ellen Trainor dies, 62, in Cal­i­for­nia

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Char­ac­ter actress and phi­lan­thropist Mary Ellen Trainor, who ap­peared in “The Goonies” and “Lethal Weapon” films, has died.

Lu­cas­film Pres­i­dent Kath­leen Kennedy con­firmed on Mon­day that Trainor, a long­time friend, passed away at home in Mon­tecito, Cal­i­for­nia, on May 20. She was 62.

Trainor got her start in the film busi­ness as a pro­ducer’s as­sis­tant on a num­ber of movies in­clud­ing the 1979 Steven Spiel­berg film “1941,” which her even­tual hus­band, direc­tor Robert Ze­meckis, wrote. Af­ter the cou­ple mar­ried in 1980, Ze­meckis cast Trainor in her first film, “Ro­manc­ing the Stone,” as the kid­napped sis­ter of Kath­leen Turner’s char­ac­ter.

In ad­di­tion to a num­ber of cameos in Ze­meckis’s films, in­clud­ing “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Fu­ture,” Trainor be­came a regular fix­ture in some of the big­gest films of the 1980s. She played a po­lice psy­chi­a­trist in “Lethal Weapon” and its se­quels, a tele­vi­sion re­porter in “Die Hard” and the mother of two main char­ac­ters in “The Goonies.” She also had a part in “Ghost­busters II.”

On the small screen, Trainor was a cast mem­ber on the short­lived se­ries “Rel­a­tiv­ity,” and had a re­cur­ring role on “Roswell.”

“Mare and I have been close since our days to­gether as col­lege room­mates, and she even pro­vided the in­tro­duc­tion to Steven Spiel­berg that jump­started my ca­reer,” Kennedy said in a state­ment. “She was a great actress, warm friend and gen­er­ous spirit.”

Ze­meckis and Trainor, who di­vorced in 2000, had one child, Alex Ze­meckis.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held on June 19 in Mon­tecito.

Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, who ap­peared in the “Lethal Weapon” films and “The Goonies,” has died. Lu­cas­film Pres­i­dent Kath­leen Kennedy con­firmed on Mon­day that Trainor, a long­time friend, passed away at home in Mon­tecito, Cal­i­for­nia, on May 20. She was 62.

Trainor was mar­ried to direc­tor Robert Ze­meckis for 20 years (they di­vorced in 2000). Ze­meckis cast Trainor in her first film, “Ro­manc­ing the Stone,” as the kid­napped sis­ter of Kath­leen Turner’s char­ac­ter.

In ad­di­tion to a num­ber of cameos in Ze­meckis’s films, Trainor be­came a regular fix­ture in some of the big­gest films of the 1980s. She played a po­lice psy­chi­a­trist in “Lethal Weapon” and its se­quels, a tele­vi­sion re­porter in “Die Hard” and the mother of two main char­ac­ters in “The Goonies.”

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