6. Jeff Cohen – Now (Lawyer)
Although Jeff Cohen appeared on some TV shows after playing Chunk, he essentially quit the game after « The Goonies. » Years later, Cohen joked that the teenage years had forced him to « retire early. »
After being parched as an actor, Cohen lost a lot of weight playing football in high school, then decided to pursue a legal career in college. In 2014, the Journal of the American Bar Association (ABA) Personal Profile details how Cohen became involved in the legal profession:
“Helping him figure it all out was legendary film director Richard Donner, who directed Cohen in The Goonies. Donner introduced Cohen to the business side of Hollywood, and Cohen parlayed that introduction into summer jobs at movie studios during college.
I grew up loving The Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers, but suddenly I had a new crop of heroes,” like David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Cohen discovered that many of the most respected agents, studio executives, producers, and managers had law degrees, and he followed suit.
After graduating from UCLA’s law school in 2000, Cohen worked at an entertainment law firm before starting his own firm in Beverly Hills. Cohen Gardner, his six-lawyer office, represents actors, media companies, directors, writers, producers, and production companies. “My concerns about my clients are not merely academic,” he explains. “I’ve been in front of the camera. I know how hard everyone works. I treat them carefully, with respect.”
In addition to serving as an entertainment lawyer, Cohen has also contributed to CNBC and HuffPost.