Well regarded philanthropist and character actress Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in “The Goonies” and “Lethal Weapon” films, has passed away.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed on Monday that Trainor, a lifelong friend, died in her home in Montecito, California, back on May 20th 015. She was 62 years old.
Trainor got her start in the movie 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 very first film, “Romancing the Stone,” as the abducted sister of Kathleen Turner’s character.
Besides a number of cameos in Zemeckis’ films, including “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future,” Trainor became a regular fixture in a few of the biggest motion pictures of the 1980s. She played a police psychiatrist in “Lethal Weapon” and its sequels, a TV reporter in “Die Hard” and the mom of two main characters in “The Goonies.” In addition, she also had a part in “Ghostbusters II.”
On the small screen, Trainor was a cast member on the short-lived 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 ended up getting divorced in back in 2000, had one child, Alex Zemeckis.
A private memorial service will be held June 19 in Montecito.