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‘Boy Meets World’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

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Not every sitcom turns into a family phenomenon — but Boy Meets World did just that. The series, created by Michael Jacobs, debuted in 1993 and aired seven seasons on ABC until its finale in May 2000.

The show followed the life and life lessons of Cory Matthews, portrayed by Ben Savage — from home with parents Alan (William Russ) and mother Amy (Betsy Randle) to school with neighbor and forever-teacher George Feeny (William Daniels). Cory’s life wouldn’t be complete without best friend Shawn (Rider Strong), brother Eric (Will Friedle) and The One, Topanga (Danielle Fishel). Later, Shawn meets his long-lost brother, Jack (Matthew Lawrence), who quickly becomes part of the group.

After the series came to a end in 2000, everyone moved on — until 2014 when Disney Channel decided to bring back the Matthews family. The spinoff followed Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), Topanga and Cory’s daughter as she worked her way through school with her dad as her teacher.

“There’s a column that I want to play in and that column contains The Wonder Years and Happy Days. That was always the column that I wanted Boy Meets World to be included in and I want Girl Meets World to be in that column as well,” creator Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly about the spinoff.

“There’s a natural reticence to want to try and attempt something that you’ve been really lucky enough to do once,” he added, noting that he had no interest in doing a reunion show of the original cast. “A reunion show that’s one and done. But to actually take the children of Cory and Topanga and watch on two levels [as they] grow up and as Cory and Topanga keep growing up, I can’t resist that. I can’t resist that and I’m very hopeful the audience won’t resist it either.”

That said, most of the original cast made appearances on the series and many went on to write and/or direct multiple episodes. Strong repeatedly explained that while he’d guest star, he was getting away from acting and wasn’t interested in revisiting Shawn longterm. He also was shocked at the attention the original show got after it ended.

“We went under the radar for so long. Even when we were on the air, we were under the radar,” he told Chicago Tribune in 2014. “I think the process occurs when a new generation wrestles control of pop culture. I think kids who grew up in the late ’90s and early 2000s are old enough now to be the ones writing articles, talking about what is good on TV. Now those people are in charge of pop culture.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see where the cast is today.

1 Ben Savage then nowCredit: Touchstone Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock; Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock

Ben Savage

After Boy Meets World ended in 2000, Savage appeared in multiple episodes of other TV shows, including Still StandingChuckWithout a Trace and Bones. He then landed a role in Girl Meets World and directed 10 episodes. He’s appeared in two episodes of Criminal Minds and in the final season of Homeland — in both shows, playing a younger version of Mandy Patinkin. It seems, via Instagram, he’s in a relationship.

2 Will Friedle then nowCredit: Touchstone Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock; PACIFIC PRESS/SIPA/Shutterstock

Will Friedle

Friedle has voiced Nightwing/Dick Grayson in multiple animated Batman films and voiced Batman in all three seasons of Batman Beyond. He voiced Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible from 2002 to 2007 on Disney Channel. His post-Boy Meets World career consists of a ton of voice roles, including voicing Peter Quill/Star-Lord in multiple Avengers animated projects. He reprised his character in multiple episodes of Girl Meets World and penned an episode in season 2. He currently voices Lex Luthor in DC Super Hero Girls. In 2016, he married Susan Martens.

3 Rider Strong then and nowCredit: Touchstone Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock; Broadimage/Shutterstock

Rider Strong

Strong went on to star in horror hit Cabin Fever in 2002 and landed a role on Broadway in 2006. He later appeared in multiple episodes of Girl Meets World and directed 18 episodes. In 2013, he married Alexandra Barreto and they welcomed a son the next year.

4 Danielle Fishel then and nowCredit: Bei/Shutterstock; AFF-USA/Shutterstock

Danielle Fishel

After Boy Meets World, Fishel was a correspondent on The Tyra Banks Show and hosted The Dish and Say What? Karaoke. She went to college at 27 in 2012 and met Tim Belusko, whom she later married. They split in 2016. She then married Jensen Karp in 2018. The pair welcomed a son in 2018. She also launched a hair care line, called Be Free. She starred on Girl Meets World, also directing four episodes and writing one.

5 William Daniels then and nowCredit: Touchstone Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

William Daniels

The two-time Emmy award winner had an epic career before and after Boy Meets World. After the sitcom wrapped, he appeared on King of QueensThe CloserBoston Legal and Grey’s Anatomy. He also returned for five episodes of Girl Meets World. He has been married to Bonnie Bartlett since 1951, and the two adopted two sons.

6 Betsy Randle then and nowCredit: Peter Brooker/Shutterstock ;Steve Cohn/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Betsy Randle

She is married to film editor John Randle and they have two children. In addition to appearing in three episodes of Girl Meets World, Randle appeared in The Beat, CharmedAdam Ruins Everything and Dirty 30.

William RussCredit: ABC

William Russ

Although he had a successful career before Boy Meets World, Russ’ success continued after, starring in movies including A Fork in the Road, Green Guys, California Solo and Drones. He also returned to TV, appearing on Crossing Jordan, Deadwood, CSI: NY, Boston Legal and landing a recurring role on The Ex List. He appeared in two episodes of the spinoff and directed one. He is married to Clare Wren and they have two children.

7 Matthew Lawrence then and nowCredit: Globe Photos/Mediapunch/Shutterstock; Blair Raughley/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Matthew Lawrence

In 2017, he started a band with his brothers Joey and Andy Lawrence, called Still Three. He also starred in Boston Public, Melissa & Joey, Workaholics and one episode of Girl Meets World. After being briefly engaged to Heidi Mueller from 2004 to 2006, he began dating Cheryl Burke in February 2007. The couple married in 2019.

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