Mary Ellen Trainor, actress in all four 'Lethal Weapon' films, dies at 62

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'Lethal Weapon' Actress Mary Ellen Trainor Dies at 62

Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress who appeared in all four Lethal Weapon films and in several movies directed by her then-husband, Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, has died. She was 62.

Trainor, who also stood out as homemaker Mrs. Walsh in The Goonies (1985), died May 20 at her home in Montecito, Calif., lifelong friend, fellow San Diego State alum and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said.

Trainor married Zemeckis in 1980 and made her big-screen debut, at the suggestion of Michael Douglas, in the pivotal role of Elaine, the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turner's character, in the director's Romancing the Stone (1984). She and her husband later collaborated on Back to the Future Part II (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992) and the Oscar best-picture winner Forrest Gump (1994) before they divorced in 2000.

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Mary Ellen Trainor, actress in all four 'Lethal Weapon' films, dies at 62
Director Robert Zemeckis, Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, and son Alexander Zemeckis attend Robert Zemeckis Hands and Footprints Ceremony on July 8, 1997 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Ellen Trainor and Director Robert Zemeckis attend the 23rd Annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Steven Spielberg on March 2, 1995 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Director Robert Zemeckis and Actress Mary Ellen Trainor attend the 'Back to the Future Part II' Universal City Premiere on November 20, 1989 at Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
FILE - In this July 8, 1997 file photo, film director Robert Zemeckis, poses with his wife, Mary Ellen, and his son, Alex, 11, next to a cement plaque which bears his signature, hands and footprints outside Mann's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in the "Lethal Weapon" films and "The Goonies," has died. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed on Monday, June 8, 2015, that Trainor, a longtime friend, passed away at home in Montecito, California, on May 20. Trainor was married to Zemeckis for 20 years (they divorced in 2000). (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Actress Mary Ellen Trainor attends the Screening of the TNT Original Movie 'Hope' on October 16, 1997 at Sony Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
RELATIVITY - Gallery - Shoot Date: August 18, 1996. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARY ELLEN TRAINOR

Trainor portrayed L.A. police psychiatrist Dr. Stephanie Woods in the quartet of Lethal Weapon films and teamed with director Richard Donner on The Goonies and Scrooged (1988) as well.

Asked in a 2013 interview what she remembered most about working on Goonies, she said, "The shenanigans of the kids [Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Josh Brolin, Jonathan Ke Quan, et al]. They all fell in love with each other. And Dick Donner encouraged that."

She played TV news reader Gail Wallens in Die Hard (1988) and appeared in such other films as Ghostbusters II (1989), Action Jackson (1988), Grand Canyon (1991), Little Giants (1994), Congo (1995), Executive Decision (1996), Amy's Orgasm (2001), Moonlight Mile (2002) and Freaky Friday (2003).

On television, Trainor had regular roles on the Fox sitcom Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the ABC drama Relativity and the UPN-WB drama Roswell.

Known affectionately as "Mare" to her family and friends, she was born in San Francisco and attended San Diego State, where she studied broadcast journalism (and met Kennedy). Trainor landed a job as an on-air personality for radio station KSDO, then worked as a station editor at KCBS-TV and as a production assistant in Los Angeles. She then served as an assistant to the producer on Steven Spielberg's 1941, written by her future husband.

Survivors include her son Alex and his girlfriend Kat, her mother Jane and siblings Ned, Jack, Barbara and Carolyn.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on June 19 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and The Wounded Warrior Project.

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