Mary Ellen Trainor, Mom in ‘The Goonies,’ Dead at 62

Ex-wife of Robert Zemeckis also appeared in all four “Lethal Weapon” movies

Last Updated: June 8, 2015 @ 2:19 PM

Mary Ellen Trainor, the actress known for her role as Mrs. Walsh in the classic film “The Goonies,” died at her home in Montecito, California, on May 20. She was 62.

Trainor also appeared in all four “Lethal Weapon” films as police psychiatrist Stephanie Woods, who counseled Det. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) on how best to handle his off-the-rails partner, Det. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson).

Trainor married writer and director Robert Zemeckis in 1980, appearing in several of his films, including “Back to the Future Part II,” “Death Becomes Her” and “Forrest Gump.” The two divorced in 2000.

She made her big screen debut in the 1984 hit “Romancing the Stone,” playing the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turner’s character. Her other early roles include parts in “The Monster Squad,” “Die Hard” and “Scrooged.”

Trainor would go on to roles in 1994’s “Little Giants,” 1995’s “Congo” and the 2003 Jamie Lee Curtis-Lindsay Lohan remake of “Freaky Friday.”

Trainor studied broadcast journalism at San Diego State University, where she became friends with Kathleen Kennedy, the current president of Lucasfilm.

A memorial service will be held on June 19 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1300 E. Valley Road, Montecito, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and Wounded Warriors.


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