Mary Ellen Trainor

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Mary Ellen Trainor
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Born(1952-07-08)July 8, 1952
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedMay 20, 2015(2015-05-20) (aged 62)
Years active1983–2008
Robert Zemeckis
(m. 1980;div. 2000)

Mary Ellen Trainor (July 8, 1952 – May 20, 2015) was an American character actress best remembered as Dr. Stephanie Woods (an LAPD psychiatrist) in the Lethal Weapon films and as Irene Walsh (Mikey and Brand's mom) in The Goonies . She also appeared in numerous other well-known films including Romancing the Stone, The Monster Squad, Die Hard, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, and Freaky Friday.


Early life

Trainor was born in San Francisco, California. [1] She attended San Diego State University, where she studied broadcast journalism. [2]


Trainor started her career working at radio stations KSDO as well as KCBS. [2] Her first television appearance came in the 1983 Cheers episode "Father Knows Last", and her big-screen debut came the following year in Romancing the Stone . She frequently appeared in the films of Richard Donner and her ex-husband Robert Zemeckis.

In addition to her film work she had recurring television roles as Judy Lewis in Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1989–91), as Eve Lukens in Relativity (1996–97), and as Diane Evans in Roswell (1999–2002).

Personal life and death

Trainor was married to director Robert Zemeckis for 20 years, [3] with whom she had a son, Alexander. [4] She was good friends with producer Kathleen Kennedy, [5] who worked with Steven Spielberg extensively and served as President of Lucasfilm. Trainor introduced the two. [6]

Trainor died on May 20, 2015, at her home in Montecito, California, from complications of pancreatic cancer. [2] [7]



1984 Romancing the Stone Elaine Wilder
The Stone Boy Doris Simms
1985 The Goonies Mrs. Walsh
1987 Lethal Weapon Dr. Stephanie Woods
The Monster Squad Emily
1988 Action Jackson Secretary
Die Hard Gail Wallens
Scrooged Ted
1989 Ghostbusters II Brownstone Mother
Lethal Weapon 2 Dr. Stephanie Woods
Back to the Future Part II Officer ReeseUncredited
1990Fire BirdsJanet Little
1991 Ricochet Gail Wallens
Grand Canyon Ms. Green
1992 Kuffs Nikki Allyn
Lethal Weapon 3 Dr. Stephanie Woods
Death Becomes Her Vivian Adams
1994 Greedy Nora McTeague
Forrest Gump Jenny's BabysitterUncredited
Little Giants Karen O'Shea
1995 Congo Moira
1996 Executive Decision Allison, Flight Attendant
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Dr. Stephanie Woods
1999 Anywhere But Here Homeowner
2001 Amy's Orgasm Amy's Mom
2002 Moonlight Mile Mrs. Meyerson
2003 Freaky Friday Diary Reading Patient
2005The Music InsideMonica Amado
2007 Cake: A Wedding Story Jane Andrews


1983 Cheers MaryEpisode: Father Knows Last
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Episode: Fox and Hounds
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Helen DawsonEpisode: The Drug Knot
1986–1987 Remington Steele Estelle Becker3 episodes
1987 Amazing Stories Mara WebsterEpisode: Moving Day
1989 Tales from the Crypt WifeEpisode: And All Through the House
Fear Stalk JenniferTV Movie
1990 Rock Hudson Female Agent
The Outsiders Episode: The Stork Club
1990–1993 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Mrs. Lewis16 episodes
1995Seduced and BetrayedCharlotteTV Movie
1996 A Face to Die For Mrs. Gilmore
1996–1997 Relativity Eve Lukens17 episodes
1997 Hope Maize BurnsTV Movie
1998Someone to Love MeJocelyn Hart
1999–2002 Roswell Diane Evans23 episodes
2008 McBride: Requiem Elizabeth LucasTV Movie, (final film role)


  1. "Mary Ellen Trainor - California Birth Index". FamilySearch . Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Dagan, Carmel (8 June 2015). "Mary Ellen Trainor Zemeckis Dead: 'Lethal Weapon' Actress Was 62". Variety . Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  3. "Robert L Zemeckis mentioned in the record of Robert L Zemeckis and Maryelle Trainor". FamilySearch . Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. "Alexander Francis Zemeckis - California Birth Index". FamilySearch . Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. Masters, Kim (30 January 2013). "Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy on 'Star Wars,' 'Lincoln' and Secret J.J. Abrams Meetings (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. Barnes, Mike (8 June 2015). "Mary Ellen Trainor, Actress in All Four 'Lethal Weapon' Films, Dies at 62". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. Pedersen, Erik (9 June 2015). "Mary Ellen Trainor Dies: Actress In 'Lethal Weapon' Pics, 'Die Hard' & 'Goonies'". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved 9 June 2015.