Anyone over here a big fan of The Goonies? You know what I’m talking about, the endearing family film about a group of kids who go on an exciting adventure to try to find One Eyed Willy’s hidden treasure. The movie has been a family favourite since it was released in the 80s and every single person who’s ever seen it has secretly tried to do the truffle shuffle after watching, even if we don’t want to admit it.
One of the most memorable characters in The Goonies is Sloth, whose unusual size and strength helps the Goonies out of some tricky situations, thanks to hid friendship with Chunk. Although Sloth was easily one of our favourite characters in The Goonies, not many people know about the sad story of the actor who brought the character to life. Today, we’re going to be looking at that story and shedding some light on the sad truth of what happened to the family favourite actor.
The man behind gentle giant Sloth was an actor named John Matuszak but for most of his career he hadn’t been a part of the acting world. Matuszak was six feet eight inches tall and his height had made him the perfect candidate for professional sports. He was an American football player who had began his professional football career in 1973 and had retired after winning his second Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1981. In 1978 he competed to be The World’s Strongest Man and placed ninth in the competition.
After leaving the professional football league, Matuszak spent most of the eighties doing acting work. His most famous movie appearances included North Dallas Forty, The Ice Pirates, One Crazy Summer, and The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, but none of these movies ever reached the fame and success of The Goonies and he wasn’t truly remembered for any role other than Sloth. He’d also made cameo appearances in popular TV shows such as M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazard, and The A Team, however, what happened next meant that he didn’t really have the chance to find another memorable role.