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Boy Meets World - Where Are They Now?

Updated on October 29, 2015
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World is a great show that most of us know and love. It aired from 1993 to 2000 for 7 terrific seasons.

Boy Meets World is all about Cory Matthews growing up in Philadelphia along with his brother Eric, his best friend Shawn, and his girlfriend, Topanga.

Ben Savage: Then and Now
Ben Savage: Then and Now

Ben Savage played main character, Cory Matthews.

Before the show, Ben appeared on a few tv shows, including Dear John, The Wonder Years, Hurricane Sam, and A Family for Joe and was in the movie Little Monsters. Since the show, he has been in a few movies, including; Swimming Upstream, Car Babes, Palo Alto, CA, Peace and Riot, Lake Effects, Girl Meets Boy, and The Caterpillar's Kimono. He also appeared on a Disney Channel show for one episode, Shake It Up!

Boy Meets World fans have been excited to see Cory and the gang back. The spin-off series, Girl Meets World, premiered in Summer 2014. It follows Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley Matthews. Cory plays Riley and Maya's history teacher.

Savage graduated in 2004 from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science.

He is now 34 years old.

(In case you didn't know, Ben Savage is the younger brother of The Wonder Years actor, Fred Savage.)

Rider Strong: Then and Now
Rider Strong: Then and Now

Rider Strong played Cory's best friend, Shawn Hunter.

Before the show, Rider made appearances on a few tv shows, including Julie, Empty Nest, Evening Shade, and Home Improvement. Since the show, he has been on several movies, including Buck Naked Arson, The Secret Pact, Cabin Fever, Death Valley, Paradise, Texas, Cosmic Radio, Borderland, Tooth & Nail, Spy School, H20 Extreme, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, Darkening Sky, and The Penthouse. He recently appeared in a movie.

Rider Strong has continued his role as Shawn on the spin-off, Girl Meets World, in a few episodes.

Strong graduated from Columbia University in 2004.

He is now 35 years old.

(In case you didn't know, Rider Strong is the younger brother of Shiloh Strong, who is an actor, screenwriter, photographer, and director.)

Danielle Fishel: Then and Now
Danielle Fishel: Then and Now

Danielle Fishel played Cory's girlfriend and later wife, Topanga Lawrence.

Before the show, she appeared on a couple episodes of Full House. Since the show, Danielle has been on the movies Longshot, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, Game Box 1.0, and The Chosen One. She appeared in another movie in 2014.

Danielle Fishel has been back as Topanga on the spin-off, Girl Meets World, where she plays mom to two kids, lawyer, and owner of a fun hang-out shop in New York.

She hosted The Dish in 2008 on Style Network.

She is now 34 years old.

Will Friedle: Then and Now
Will Friedle: Then and Now

Will Friedle played Cory's older brother, Eric Matthews.

Will was on the Disney Channel movie My Date with the President's Daughter in 1998. He has also been on the movies H-E Double Hockey Sticks, Batman Beyond: The Movie, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and National Lampoons Gold Diggers. Most will probably know him best as the voice of Ron Stoppable on the television show and movies of Kim Possible. He has voiced many other cartoon shows and video games as well. Will was most recently on the show Thundercats.

Will Friedle appeared again as Eric on Girl Meets World in a few episodes.

He is now 37 years old.

(In case you didn't know, Will Friedle is best friends with Jason Marsden who played on the show Step By Step. He was even best man at Jason's wedding in 2004.)

William Daniels: Then and Now
William Daniels: Then and Now

William Daniels played everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Feeny. He was the middle school teacher, the high school principal, the college professor, and the Matthews' next door neighbor.

Daniels has been on shows and movies since the 1950s. Some include, A Woman for the Ages, Captain Nice, The Graduate, 1776, The Nancy Walker Show, The One and Only, The Blue Lagoon, Reds, Knight Rider (tv series as the voice of K.I.T.T.), St. Elsewhere, Magic Kid II, and Blades of Glory. That's just a few of them! There's many MANY more. He most recently appeared on Grey's Anatomy.

Daniels also reprised his role for Girl Meets World, appearing in an episode as Mr. Feeny, Cory's old neighbor, teacher, and friend.

He graduated from Northwestern University in 1949.

He is now 88 years old.

(In case you didn't know, William Daniels is married to Bonnie Bartlett, who "played" his wife on a few shows with him, including Boy Meets World.)

William Russ: Then and Now
William Russ: Then and Now

William Russ played Eric, Cory, and Morgan's dad, Alan Matthews.

William was on several movies before the show, including Just You and Me, Kid, The Border, Courage, Beer, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Dead of Winter, The Unholy, and Disorganized Crime. Since the show he has appeared on several tv shows, including Ally McBeal, Mister Sterling, Deadwood, JAG, The West Wing, Without a Trace, Wildfire, Boston Legal, The Young and the Restless, The Event, The Ex List, Awake, NCIS, Vegas, and 90210. He was also in the movie Drones.

William Russ appeared in a Christmas special on the first season of Girl Meets World, reprising his role as Cory's father.

He is now 63 years old.

Betsy Randle: Then and Now
Betsy Randle: Then and Now

Betsy Randle played Eric, Cory, and Morgan's mom, Amy Matthews.

Betsy hasn't been on tv all that much. Before the show she was on 1 episode each of the shows Dear John, Family Ties, Baywatch, Down Home, Open House, Guns of Paradise, and Valerie's Family. She was on 7 episodes of Home Improvement. Since the show she was on 1 episode of The Nightmare Room, the movie The Beat, and 4 episodes of Charmed.

In 2008 she was on a tv commercial for Advil.

Betsy Randle played Cory's mother, Amy, once again in a Christmas special of Girl Meets World.

She is now 64 years old.

Lily Nicksay: Then and Now
Lily Nicksay: Then and Now
Lindsay Ridgeway: Then and Now
Lindsay Ridgeway: Then and Now

Cory and Eric's younger sister, Morgan Matthews, was played at first by Lily Nicksay for seasons 1 and 2 and then later played by Lindsay Ridgeway when she was older.

Lily Nicksay has been on The Christmas Box, Up Close & Personal, Timepiece, The Negotiator, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Judging Amy, The Guardian, 8 Simple Rules, and The Mentalist.

She is now 26.

Lindsay Ridgeway played some voices on Sonic, was in the movies Cats Don't Dance, Tower of Terror, and Playing Patti. She also appeared in 1 episode of Star Trek:Voyager and 2 episodes of Totally Spies!

She often sings the National Anthem for professional sports teams in Los Angeles and Southern California.

She is now 29.

Matthew Lawrence: Then and Now
Matthew Lawrence: Then and Now

Matthew Lawrence played Shawn's older half-brother, Jack Hunter.

Matt has been on several shows before and after Boy Meets World, including Sara, Gimme a Break!, Drexell's Class, Walter & Family, Bringing Up Jack, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, and Brotherly Love. He has also been on many tv and regular movies, including Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Pulse, David, Tale's from the Darkside:The Movie, Mrs. Doubtfire, Angels in the Endzone, H-E Double Hockey Sticks, Glow, Big Monster on Campus, Jumping Ship, The Hot Chick, The Comebacks, Trucker, Creature of Darkness, Fort McCoy, Of Silence, and My Santa. He also appeared in a couple episodes of his brother's show, Melissa & Joey.

Matthew Lawrence appeared in an episode of Girl Meets World to let the world know what became of Jack Hunter.

He is now 35 years old.

(In case you didn't know, he is the middle brother of Joseph Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence.)

Trina McGee-Davis: Then and Now
Trina McGee-Davis: Then and Now

Trina McGee-Davis played Shawn's only serious girlfriend (on-again, off-again), Angela Moore.

Trina has been on several tv shows, including A Different World, Martin, The Sinbad Show, Picket Fences, Family Matters,The Parent 'Hood, City Guys, City of Angels, So Little Time, The Hughleys, and All of Us. She has also been on a few movies, including The Birdcage, Daylight, Untitled Sisqo Project, Friday After Next, Business Class, and Da'Booty Shop.

Trina McGee-Davis appeared on Girl Meets World as Angela to speak to Shawn and give them both closure with their relationship.

She is now 45 years old.

(In case you didn't know, she has 3 children and her 3rd child was actually born during her time on Boy Meets World.)

Maitland Ward: Then and Now
Maitland Ward: Then and Now

Maitland Ward (birth name Ashley Maitland Welkos) played Jack and Eric's roommate, Rachel McGuire, whom they both had crushes on and Jack later dated.

Maitland was first seen on several episodes of Bold and the Beautiful. She then played in a tv movie called Killing Mr. Griffin, and was on 1 episode each of USA High and Home Improvement. After Boy Meets World she was on the movie White Chicks and one episode each of Boston Public, Out of Practice, and Rules of Engagement.

She got married in 2006 and the wedding was featured in the New York Times Society Pages.

Dyed her hair from red to blonde and is now almost completely unrecognizable.

She is now 37.

And of course we can't forget...

Lee Norris: Then and Now
Lee Norris: Then and Now

Lee Norris played Cory, Shawn, and Topanga's know-it-all nerdy classmate, Stuart Minkus.

Lee played on several episodes of tv shows before Boy Meets World, including The Torkelsons and Almost Home. He has also been on a few tv and regular movies, The Journey of August King, A Mother's Instinct, A Step Toward Tomorrow, Any Place But Home, Hope, Surf School, Zodiac, and Blood Done Sign My Name. Most know him the best as Marvin "Mouth" McFadden on the popular CW show, One Tree Hill. He is scheduled to appear in an upcoming movie.

Lee Norris continued his role on Girl Meets World as Minkus for a few episodes. His son, Farkle Minkus, is one of Riley Matthew's best friends.

Norris graduated from Wake Forest University in 2004.

He is now 33 years old.

Who's your favorite Boy Meets World character?

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      2 months ago

      I think Shawn and Topanga are my favorites, but I love all of them.

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      15 months ago

      I used to love this when now that I have 3 children of my own I am happy that they came out with a Girl meets world both all of my girls love girl meets world

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Always interesting to see where people end up.

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      3 years ago

      I like Eric and Topanga

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      kendra joy bethune 5'6 

      5 years ago

      mr mattthews and mr hunter is this your idea of a sick joke vote for your favorite charcter like mr feeny

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      6 years ago

      I loved this show! I wish my

      Kids could have shows like this mow. But they all watch the reruns of this with me everyday.

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      6 years ago


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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Alecia.. thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it. A lot of them may not have done much acting since the show, but they have gone on to college and other careers. So that's good to see. Definitely wish there were more shows like this though, that's for sure. I loved watching Boy Meets World when I was younger as part of the T.G.I.F night.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I loved this show and I think the reason why most of the child actors didn't go beyond the show is because it was hard to top. That and television has become less of a family place, especially for networks. They're so busy trying to get the 18-49 demographic. But this show always reminds me of how simple and awesome my childhood and the 1990s in general were. Great hub!

    • urgurl_bri profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      LABrashear.. Yeah it was a great show. I love how it went from middle school to college and Cory and Topanga ended up getting married. Most shows that are based on school are just high school and they never really go past that. Or if they do, it doesn't turn out that well and ends quickly. Yes, I definitely did a lot of research. But this was an interesting thing to research and I learned a lot. And I had fun doing it. Glad you liked it. :)

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      smokingcupcake... yeah I agree! But I still watch them anyway, just 'cause he's in it and I know him from this show. ha-ha.

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      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I loved this show. I never did see the last couple though. You did some major research! Voted up!

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      6 years ago from Dayton, OH

      Every time I see Rider Strong turn up in another horrible horror movie, I have to laugh :-)


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