Where Are They Now: The Cast Of "Boy Meets World"
Ben Savage (Cory Matthews)
Ben Savage's most recent tweet urged his followers to catch a familiar face on Disney's "Shake It Up," a buddy comedy about two tween girls who use their jobs as backup dancers on a local TV show to climb the school social hierarchy. That's a pretty excellent barometer for Ben Savage's life since "Boy Meets World." The Disney sitcoms he's guest starred on (i.e. "Phil of the Future") are perhaps the most recognizable titles on his filmography since his turn as Cory Matthews.
He went on hiatus following the show to earn a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University. While his character on "Boy Meets World" may have been the endearingly neurotic dork, he spent his days on The Farm as a brother in the Sigma Chi fraternity. I wonder what Mr. Feeny would have to say about that.
Since then, he's taken on roles in indie pics like "Swimming Upstream" (2002) and "Palo Alto" (2007). While he may be 31 years old now, he'll likely always be Cory to us.
Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter)
While Rider Strong's acting career may have peaked with his role as Cory's brooding and troublemaking best friend Shawn, his writing career has seen its successes. He, too, went to college following "BMW," graduating Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University. (He also recently added a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College.)
While at Columbia, he began his writing career writing a foreword for fellow Columbian Steve Hofstetter's "Student Body Shots." Following school, he wrote and directed a short film, "Irish Twins," (2008) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also gained attention for a comedic television ad he wrote supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Strong also starred in the horror comedy film "Cabin Fever," (2002) which marked Eli Roth's ("Inglorious Basterds") directorial debut.
Will Friedle (Eric Matthews)
Eric Matthews may have been a dud when it came to hitting the books, but he was the show's valedictorian when it came to bringing in the laughs. After the show's finale, Friedle took his act off screen and to the sound booth. He played charmingly cumbersome Ron Stoppable on Disney's "Kim Possible" from 2002-2007, and has since gone on to voiceovers on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and "Thundercats."
Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence)
The cover of the September 1997 issue of "GQ" magazine featured Danielle Fishel as one of the year's hottest stars to watch. Unfortunately, the only thing anyone has been watching since "Boy Meets World" left the air is Fishel's fluctuating weight.
Following a couple of appearances in National Lampoon romps, the actress became a spokesperson for Nutrisystem weight loss, doing bikini ads for the company in 2007. A couple years (and some 30 pounds) later, the actress now encourages girls not to scrutinize their bodies and to love the skin they're in. Her only platform for that message, however, was as a host on "The Soup"-inspired Style Network pop culture show "The Dish." The show went off the air earlier this year.
William Daniels (Mr. George Feeny)
"F-F-F-F-Feeny!" It was undoubtedly the most iconic of lines to emerge from the seven seasons that "BMW" was on the air. Unlike his costars, the then 66-year-old actor had already established his career. Among other roles, he was recognizable for his turn as Dustin Hoffman's father in the cornerstone flick, "The Graduate" (1967).
He began acting in 1955, and has a diverse career behind him. But after the finale of the "Boy Meets World," Daniels took it easy. He continued working as a voice actor reprising his role as KITT (an artificially intelligent car from "Knight Rider") on "The Simpsons" and in "The Benchwarmers" (2006). After a full career on the stage and the screen, as well as countless life lessons as the unscrupulous Mr. Feeny, the 84-year-old actor may be retired for good.
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