Rider King Strong (born December 11, 1979) is an American actor. He portrayed Shawn Hunter in Boy Meets World and reprised the role in Girl Meets World, making his first appearance in the season 1 holiday episode, "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays". He has also directed numerous episodes of Girl Meets World.[1]


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 1997. His brother is Shiloh Strong, an actor and photographer.

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 Andrew'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. He has a brief cameo appearance in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, the sequel to Cabin Fever. It was released in 2009.

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 co-created (with his brother and his then-girlfriend, actress Alexandra Barreto) a 30-second television ad in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, titled "It Could Happen to You." The ad, submitted to, became one of fifteen 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]

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. They became engaged in December 2012, and married on October 20, 2013 in Oregon. Their first child, a son, Indigo Barreto Strong, was born on December 28, 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Benefit of the Doubt Pete Braswell
1998 My Giant Justin Allen
2001 Buck Naked Arson Willy Barnes
2001 The Secret Pact Lenny B. Dalton
2002 Cabin Fever Paul
2004 Death Valley Daniel
2005 Paradise, Texas Charlie
2007 Cosmic Radio Justin
2007 Borderland Phil
2007 Tooth and Nail Ford
2008 Spy School Mr. Randall
2008 Irish Twins Michael Sullivan Short film
2008 Pulse 3: Invasion Adam Video
2009 H20 Extreme Greg
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Paul
2010 Darkening Sky Eric Rainer
2010 Ruff Love George Short film
2010 The Penthouse Kieran
2010 Your Lucky Day Young Man Short film
Shown at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festiva
2011 Lone Jason Sumner Short film
2011 Walter Don't Dance Short film
2013 Too Late Matthew Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Long Road Home Benjy Robertson TV film
1991 Going Places David Episode: "The Camping Show"
1992 Julie Adam McGuire Recurring role (7 episodes)
1992 Empty Nest Philip Logan Episode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
1992 Evening Shade Jimmy Episode: "The Diary of Molly Newton"
1992 Home Improvement Danny Episode: "Haunting of Taylor House"
1993 Nurses Max Kaplan Episode: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
1993 Time Trax William Peterman Episode: "The Prodigy"
1993 The Last Hit Jimmy Dunne TV film
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Shawn Hunter Main role (158 episodes)
1994 Summertime Switch Frederick Egan III TV film
1996 Maybe This Time Shawn Hunter Episode: "Acting Out"
1996 Party of Five Byron Episodes: "Summer Fun, Summer Not," "Going, Going, Gone"
1997 Oddville, MTV 1 episode
1998 Hercules Pollux (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
1998 Invasion America Jim Bailey (voice) TV series
1999 The Practice Gary Armbrust Episodes: "Home Invasions," "Infected"
1999 Batman Beyond Bobby Vance (voice) Episode: "Lost Soul"
1999–2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Pvt. Carl Jenkins 12 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ethan Edwards Episode: "The Pilgrim"
2002–2004 Kim Possible Brick Flagg (voice) Recurring role (5 episodes)
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Brick Flagg (voice) TV film
2006 Crumbs Dennis Episode: "Six Feet Blunder"
2006 Pepper Dennis Chick Dirka Main role (11 episodes)
2006 Veronica Mars Rafe Episode: "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
2007 Bones Gregg Liscombe Episode: "Mummy in the Maze"
2009 Castle Rocco Jones Episode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010 100 Questions Alan Episode: "Wayne?"
2012 Paulilu Mixtape Sam Paxton Episode: "Hooker Lawyer"
2014-present Girl Meets World Shawn Hunter Recurring Role
2015-present Star Vs The Forces of Evil Tom Episodes: "Match Maker", "Blood Moon Ball"

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