Boy Meets World is one of the greatest coming of age sitcoms in TV history. The series which ran for seven seasons portrayed challenges of teen youth in a comedic and enjoyable way. The series was notorious for its comedy, with the loveable Corey Mathews antagonizing Mr. Feeny with his mischievous antics. Furthermore, the series also dealt with sensitive issues, oftentimes dropping the comedy and portraying a more dramatic phase of the characters. The series contained humor and drama held together with definite realism. The series dealt with many aspects that teenagers go through, while making it entertaining to watch, unlike the show’s counterparts at that time representing sappy, stereotypical teenagers with unreal teenage problems. As the show progressed, the characters change from high school teens to young adults entering college. This transition fortifies different challenges within the characters’ growths.
What made this show even more special is that any age demographic could enjoy watching it, as the show had all the hardships that children can deal with, from Shawn’s parents splitting up to the progression of Corey and Topanga’s relationship. Boy Meets World could make you laugh and cry all at the same time.
Oddly enough with the success of the show, most of the cast never reached mainstream success after the series ended. Several had small roles in TV series and movies, while others did advertisements and low budget movies, but ultimately, none became Hollywood stars. Here is a look at the cast of Boy Meets World and what they are up to today.
13. Lee Norris – Stuart Minkus: Actor
The character of Stuart Minkus was a prominent role in season one of the show. He was the geeky rival of Cory and Shawn and is often mocked by them. After season one, Stuart vanishes until their high school graduation and makes a cameo appearance. After Boy Meets World, Norris would find mainstream success on the hit show One Tree Hill. He would be a recurring character for the first two seasons and move onto the main cast for six seasons. Norris currently appears as a recurring guest in Girl Meets World.
12. Lindsay Ridgeway – Morgan Mathews: Anthem Singer
The character of Morgan Mathews was originally played by actress Lily Nicksay in seasons one and two. The character was dropped for season three, only to return a year later with a different actress. With the introduction of a new actress (Lindsay Ridgeway), also came a new personality. Morgan was now more sarcastic and found humor in making fun of her brothers (compared to the sweet little innocent sister she was before). After the series ended, Ridgeway attended the University of California graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She would then go on and further her education by earning a Master’s degree in counselling from the University of Redlands in 2010. Ridgeway currently works in the educational field. She is also the singer for the American and Canadian National Anthems for the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Kings.
11. Anthony Quinn – Mr. Turner: Actor
Mr. Turner was the cool, laid back teacher most young students would love to have. The show focused on his bachelor life which Corey and Shawn idolized. Turner’s laid back approach to teaching often clashed with Mr. Feeny’s more traditional method. Turner’s character also develops a close bond with Corey and Shawn later in the series.
Although he has been in various movies and TV series, Quinn has had limited success after his run with Boy Meets World. Most notably though, he was in Days of Our Lives for eight episodes in 2013. Quinn was also recently in two episodes of Girl Meets World, reprising his role as Mr. Turner.
10. Betsy Randal – Amy Mathews: Commercial Actor
Amy Mathews is portrayed as the traditional sitcom housewife. She is biased towards her sons, as she tends to be firmer with Eric and more “motherly” towards Corey. Amy is considered a main character throughout the show and is only one of five characters to be in every episode. Randal worked sparingly after the series run and her most notable work was in the hit series Charmed, for four episodes. She was also in an Advil commercial which ran for some time. Randal recently guest-appeared on Girl Meets World for one episode.
9. William Russ – Alan Mathews: Actor on Comedy Web Series
Russ played the role of Alan Mathews, the father of Corey and Eric. Alan was often quick tempered, though when it showed up he would often apologize afterwards, and he often overprotected Eric, but was firmer with Corey. After the portrayal of Alan Mathews, Russ would guest star on various shows, and he would be cast as a new character on The Young and the Restless, although his time on the show was short-lived. Russ is now the star of the comedy web series Home at Last. In 2014, Russ played his old role of Alan Mathews on Girl Meets World.
8. Trina McGee – Angela Moore: Mother and Actress
Angela was the girlfriend of Shawn Hunter; this made a big impact on television as this was one of the first interracial relationships portrayed by teenagers on television. This was a rarity for a major network show especially one that was targeted to so many youngsters. A fun fact is while McGee was portraying a teenager on television, she was actually a mother of three. After the series ended, McGee focused on her family which meant being at home a lot more. She would continue to do commercial work for various companies, eventually landing a role in Ice Cube’s Friday franchise, Friday After Next. McGee recently guest starred on Girl Meets World for one episode.
7. Ethan Suplee – Frankie “The Enforcer” Stecchino: Film and TV Actor
Frankie is the son of Vader and was the bully of John Adams High School, mostly aiming his antics towards Corey and Shawn. Frankie has a hulking demeanor but is comically offset by his eloquent and poetic speech. Frankie starts out as a thug, however it is later discovered that he has a kind heart. Frankie would leave the show after season four only to return for the final episode of season five for graduation. Ethan Suplee has had great success in Hollywood, playing in various hit films such as American History X, The Butterfly Effect, Remember the Titans and The Wolf of Wall Street. He also had a notable main cast role for the TV series My Name is Earl. In 2011, Suplee lost over 200 pounds which he credits to bicycling. He is also a Scientologist.
6. Mathew Lawrence – Jack Hunter: Actor
Lawrence played the character of Jack Hunter who is Shawn’s older half-brother, which we meet in the season five premier. In the beginning, Jack seeks to develop a relationship with his estranged younger brother, which Shawn wants no part in. Though, the two eventually form a close bond, and while doing so Jack becomes best friends with Eric, Corey’s brother (ironically). After the series, Lawrence worked in various TV shows and low budget movies. He also guest starred on his brother’s sitcom, Melissa & Joey. He has recently reprised his role as Jack in Girl Meets World.
5. Will Friedle – Eric Mathews: Voice Over Acting
Friedle played the character of the hilarious, moronic, underachieving older brother of Corey Mathews. Friedle would move onto the big screen after the series and co-starred in National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers. The movie was a major flop and only lasted a week in theaters. From this failure, Friedle would move on to do voice acting. Friedle has voiced many animated projects, such as Batman Beyond and Kim Possible, he also voiced Deadpool in Ultimate Spider-Man and Bumblebee in Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. In 2014, after initial resistance, Friedle reprised his role of Eric on Girl Meets World.
4. William Daniels – Mr. Feeny: TV and Voice Over Acting
Throughout the series, Mr. Feeny was the mentor of Cory, Shawn and their friends, as they encounter problems in their lives on the road to adulthood. He was also idolized by Eric and the two grew a close bond.
Once the series ended, Daniels would work sparingly, doing some voice acting on various projects such as The Simpsons. He would also guest appear for five episodes in the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy. Recently, Daniels was in the pilot episode for Girl Meets World, and he also made two additional appearances in the second season.
3. Rider Strong – Shawn Patrick Hunter: Director
Every kid growing up watching Boy Meets World wanted to be like Shawn. He was popular and laid back, yet rebellious. Rider Strong took on this character and became critically acclaimed for it. He was nominated twice for the Young Artist Award and nominated for a Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award. After the series ended, Strong acted on the big screen to star in the indie horror film, Cabin Fever. Strong attended Columbia University and graduated as an English major in 2004. After attaining his degree, Strong moved onto directing and would direct the short film, Irish Twins. The short film was a success winning two awards in the process. In 2012, Strong originally declined to reprise his role as Shawn in the spin-off series Girl Meets World. Though, after consideration he returned in 2014.
2. Danielle Fishel – Topanga Lawrence: TV Host & Spokesperson
The character of Topanga was originally written as a small part, however the role would soon become a recurring one and part of the main cast. Topanga was a lively, intelligent girl who was mature compared to her other teenage counterparts. Topanga is the love of Corey’s life and in the series, it showcases the change from teenage love to young adult married life between the two. Danielle Fishel won two Young Artist Awards for her role as Topanga. After her role on Boy Meets World, Fishel would work on various projects (most notably she would be the host of several shows such as Say What? Karaoke, The Dish, The Fuse 20 and The Soup). Fishel also became a spokesperson for Nutrisytem. Fishel is currently reprising her role as Topanga in Girl Meets World.
1. Ben Savage – Corey Mathews: Actor
Ben Savage played the main character role as the lovable Corey Mathews. Playing this role for seven seasons was very challenging, as the character of Corey transitioned throughout the years. He was first portrayed as a wisecracking adolescent slacker, and later on in the series his slacker tendencies diminished and instead, he became more neurotic. After the series ended, Savage would have small acting roles in various movies before deciding to take a two year break from acting to focus on his studies. As part of his requirements for completing his studies at Stanford, he interned for U.S senator Arlen Specter in 2003. Savage graduated from Stanford University in 2004, with a degree in Political Science. After attaining his degree, Savage would pursue acting once again, and he would guest star on various shows, such as Without a Trace and Chuck. In 2012, Savage revealed he signed on to reprise his role on the Boy Meets World spin-off series (the series is currently in its second season).