Kerri Green captured the hearts of audiences as the spirited Andy in the 1980s classic “The Goonies,” has had a fascinating journey in the entertainment industry. This article explores the post-“Goonies” trajectory of Kerri Green, revealing how the once beloved teen icon navigated her career through Hollywood’s changing tides and what she’s been up to in recent years.
Born in New Jersey in January 1967, Kerri Green grew up in a quiet town going to school and having a mostly normal childhood. She would eventually begin acting in commercials as a teen, most local, but would take a massive jump as soon as she turned seventeen and head to New York City to audition for an upcoming project from Hollywood giants Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner.
In 1985, Kerri Green made a striking debut in the now-classic film “The Goonies,” a critical and box office triumph where she played Andy, the group’s resourceful, yet novice pianist.
That same year, Green showcased her versatility with a supporting role in “Summer Rental,” starring alongside John Candy. Released just two months after “The Goonies,” this comedy, though not among Candy’s most renowned works, still offered audiences a delightful experience.
In 1986, Green shifted gears to drama with her role in “Lucas,” featuring alongside Corey Haim and Charlie Sheen. Her performance in this film was well-received, highlighting her dramatic range. Despite the praise, this film didn’t sustain the momentum of her career, as her subsequent projects didn’t achieve similar success.
After her role in “Lucas,” Kerri Green’s acting career continued with a mix of film and television appearances, albeit at a more subdued pace compared to her initial rise to fame.
In 1987, she appeared in “Three for the Road” and took a role in “The Magical World of Disney.” The early 1990s saw Green in a variety of TV roles, including “Mad About You” (1992), “Tainted Blood” (1993), and “Cafe Americain” (1994).
Break Time Before A New Venture
After a hiatus from Hollywood to pursue her education at Vassar College, Kerri Green remained connected to the film industry. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and co-founded Independent Women Artists (IWA) with writer Bonnie Dickerson. Through IWA, Green shifted her focus to behind-the-camera work, directing and co-writing a film that explored the lives of pregnant, underprivileged teens. Despite its profound subject, the film was hard to find and did not achieve significant critical or commercial success.
Green briefly revisited television with guest appearances on shows like “Law & Order” and “ER,” but these roles did not mark a full-fledged return to acting. Eventually, she chose semi-retirement, with her notable screen appearance being in the indie film “Complacent” in 2012.
What is Kerri Green doing now?
Today, Kerri Green has since transitioned from acting to a career behind the camera, focusing primarily on editing. She remains actively involved in the film and television industry, leveraging her storytelling skills in this new capacity. Green has worked on various projects, including a feature film and content for PBS.
Kerri Green also remains engaged with her fan base, attending conventions and participating in fan events. In 2020, she joined a virtual reunion with the cast of “The Goonies.”