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Rider Strong
Rider Strong 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Strong at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornRider King Strong
(1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 34)
San Francisco, California
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Alexandra Barreto (m. 2013)
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Rider Strong
Rider Strong 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Strong at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornRider King Strong
(1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 34)
San Francisco, California
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Alexandra Barreto (m. 2013)

Rider King Strong (born December 11, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World and its 2014 sequel Girl Meets World.


Early life[edit]

Rider King Strong was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Lin (née Warner), a teacher and nutritionist, and King Strong, a firefighter. He graduated from high school in Sebastopol, California in 1998. His elder brother is Shiloh Strong, an actor and still photographer.[1]


Strong began his acting career at the age of nine, when he starred as Gavroche in the San Francisco production of Les Misérables. After the stage production, he appeared in small screen roles on television. In 1992, he received his first regular television series role as Julie Andrews's son on Julie. When the series was canceled, Strong made his debut on film as Amy Irving's son in Benefit of the Doubt. It was not until he was chosen for the role of Shawn Hunter in the ABC series Boy Meets World that he received widespread recognition.

During the seven-year run he was nominated twice for the Young Artist Award and nominated for a Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Award. When the series ended, Strong returned to the big screen to star as Paul in the indie horror film Cabin Fever, directed by Eli Roth. In 2006, he returned to television for a regular series role in Pepper Dennis on the WB. The show was short-lived and was not chosen as one of the transferring shows to The CW Television Network. That same year, Strong recorded a reading for the audio version of the Anthony Kiedis biography, Scar Tissue. He had a brief cameo appearance in 2009's Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, the sequel to Cabin Fever.

Along with his brother, Shiloh Strong, he wrote and directed the short film, Irish Twins, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. It went on to win both the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Woods Hole Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize in the Action/Cut Short Film Competition and Best First-Time Director at DC Shorts. Speaking to Pure Movies in 2010 he expressed that he wanted to expand his writing and directing career: 'Acting is always there and I enjoy it but it’s kind of got a little unfulfilling lately. You know, I’m in the low budget horror world… I have a whole lot of other stuff I want to do.'[2]

In April 2008, Strong, along with his brother Shiloh and his then-girlfriend (Now wife) actress Alexandra Barreto, co-created a 30-second television ad in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama titled, "It Could Happen to You." The ad, submitted to MoveOn.org, became one of 15 finalists from a pool of over 1,100 submitted ads, and was chosen as the funniest ad in May 2008. In August, MoveOn raised $200,000 to air the ad on MTV and Comedy Central; it was the first political commercial to ever appear on Comedy Central. In early 2009, Strong narrated the audiobook of The Obama Revolution by Alan Kennedy-Shaffer. In 2010, Strong starred in the science fiction-thriller film The Darkening Sky alongside Ezra Buzzington, Charley Rossman, Sally Berman, Daniel Kirschner and LaShan Anderson under the direction of Victor Bornia.[3]

In late 2012, Strong declined an offer to reprise his role as Shawn Hunter in the upcoming spinoff, Girl Meets World. However, during production of the pilot in March 2013, Strong along with other cast members, who were also unconfirmed to return, appeared on the set sparking rumors of a cameo or return to the new series. Creator Michael Jacobs stated "I think there's more than a chance, I think there's a strong chance" when commenting on Strong and other original series cast members returning. Other current cast members commented on Strong's return indicating that his return might be a secret not ready to be revealed. In June 2013, a Boy Meets World reunion was held with Strong attending along with many of his former cast members.[4] On March 19, 2014, it was confirmed that Strong would reprise his role as Shawn Hunter in two episodes, the first being a holiday-themed episode along with former cast members Betsy Randle and William Russ.[5] In addition, Strong would also direct episodes titled "Girl Meets 1961" and "Girl Meets Brother."[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Strong graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as an English major. While a student at Columbia, he wrote the foreword for fellow Columbian Steve Hofstetter's "Student Body Shots". Before Columbia, Strong attended Occidental College. He completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in June 2009 at Bennington College.

Strong began dating actress Alexandra Barreto after they met while filming the 2006 television series Pepper Dennis.[7] They became engaged in December 2012,[7] and married on October 20, 2013 in Oregon. Former Boy Meets World cast member Will Friedle was said to be in attendance.[8]


1993Benefit of the DoubtPete Braswell
1998My GiantJustin Allen
2001Buck Naked ArsonWilly Barnes
2001Secret Pact, TheThe Secret PactLenny B. Dalton
2002Cabin FeverPaul
2004Death ValleyDaniel
2005Paradise, TexasCharlie
2007Cosmic RadioJustin
2007Tooth and NailFord
2008Spy SchoolMr. Randall
2008Irish TwinsMichael SullivanShort film
2008Pulse 3: InvasionAdamVideo
2009H20 ExtremeGreg
2009Cabin Fever 2: Spring FeverPaul
2010Darkening SkyEric Rainer
2010Ruff LoveGeorgeShort film
2010Penthouse, TheThe PenthouseKieran
2010Your Lucky DayYoung ManShort film
Shown at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival[9]
2011LoneJason SumnerShort film
2011Walter Don't DanceShort film
2013Too LateMatthewPost-production
1991Long Road HomeBenjy RobertsonTV film
1991Going PlacesDavidEpisode: "The Camping Show"
1992JulieAdam McGuireRecurring role (7 episodes)
1992Empty NestPhilip LoganEpisode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
1992Evening ShadeJimmyEpisode: "The Diary of Molly Newton"
1992Home ImprovementDannyEpisode: "Haunting of Taylor House"
1993NursesMax KaplanEpisode: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
1993Time TraxWilliam PetermanEpisode: "The Prodigy"
1993Last Hit, TheThe Last HitJimmy DunneTV film
1993–2000Boy Meets WorldShawn HunterMain role (158 episodes)
1994Summertime SwitchFrederick Egan IIITV film
1996Maybe This TimeShawn HunterEpisode: "Acting Out"
1996Party of FiveByronEpisode: "Summer Fun, Summer Not"
Episode: "Going, Going, Gone"
1997Oddville, MTV1 episode
1998HerculesPollux (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
1998Invasion AmericaJim Bailey (voice)TV series
1999Practice, TheThe PracticeGary ArmbrustEpisode: "Home Invasions"
Episode: "Infected"
1999Batman BeyondBobby Vance (voice)Episode: "Lost Soul"
1999–2000Roughnecks: Starship Troopers ChroniclesPvt. Carl Jenkins12 episodes
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentEthan EdwardsEpisode: "The Pilgrim"
2002–2004Kim PossibleBrick Flagg (voice)Recurring role (5 episodes)
2005Kim Possible Movie: So the DramaBrick Flagg (voice)TV film
2006CrumbsDennisEpisode: "Six Feet Blunder"
2006Pepper DennisChick DirkaMain role (11 episodes)
2006Veronica MarsRafeEpisode: "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
2007BonesGregg LiscombeEpisode: "Mummy in the Maze"
2009CastleRocco JonesEpisode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010100 QuestionsAlanEpisode: "Wayne?"
2012Paulilu MixtapeSam PaxtonEpisode: "Hooker Lawyer"
2014–presentGirl Meets WorldShawn HunterRecurring Role (2 episodes)
Archive footage (1 episode, "Girl Meets Popular")
2014Girl Meets World"Girl Meets 1961" and "Girl Meets Brother"Director


1994Young Artist AwardBest Youth ComedianBoy Meets WorldNominated
1994Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Comedy – Supporting Young ActorBoy Meets WorldNominated
2000Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television FriendsBoy Meets World (shared with Ben Savage)Won
2008Washington DC Shorts Film FestivalBest First Time FilmmakerIrish Twins (shared with Shiloh Strong)Nominated


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