Podcast #179: From Child Actor to Entertainment Lawyer, with Jeff Cohen

In this episode, we sat down with Jeff Cohen—most popularly known for his role as Chunk in “The Goonies” (1985)—and talked about some of the successes, road bumps, and stories (like the time he slept in his law office for a whole year!) from his journey as a child actor to owning a successful entertainment law practice.

A few of the books Jeff mentioned on this episode can be found here:

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
What Makes Sammy Run by Budd Schulberg
Where Did I Go Right? You’re No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead by Bernie Brillstein and David Rensin

And here is one of our favorite scenes from “The Goonies”:

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen Chunk

Jeff Cohen Lawyer Headshot

Jeff Cohen is a Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, author, and former child actor best known for playing the role of Chunk in “The Goonies” (1985). Jeff’s goal is to make more money for video games (not really), and his favorite saying is, “At the end of our journey, we will be where we began and know it for the first time,” by T.S. Elliot. You can check out his book The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments here.

Keep up with Jeff by following him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks to LawPay, New Law Business Model, Ruby Receptionists and Sanebox for sponsoring this episode!


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