BY JORDAN O’DONNELL
“Where Are They Now?” tracks the current status of actors from some of the most iconic films and television shows of the 1990s and early 2000s. All information is gathered solely from Wikipedia, IMDB and Google News. So if you saw an off-Broadway futuristic version of “Othello” where the actor portrayed the title character and Iago was a robot, it will most likely be excluded.
“Boy Meets World” aired from 1993-2002 on ABC as part of its stellar TGIF lineup. For a young child who had not yet discovered fun Friday night activities like walking around the mall, seeing a movie you have already seen, or going to high school football games (if you live in Texas), TGIF was the highlight of the weekend. The show chronicled the trials of a young boy growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Cory Matthews, as well as his family, his neighbor who happened to be his teacher/principal/college professor, his best friend Shawn who lived in a trailer park, his girlfriend Topanga who made a seamless transition from weird flower child to a hot and popular girl, and other friends. Oh, and Minkus. But a decade after the show ended, where are the actors now?
Ben Savage (Cory Matthews): Since 2008, Savage (the younger brother of former “Wonder Years” star Fred Savage), has been in an episode of “Bones,” an episode of “Without a Trace” and an episode of “Chuck,” in addition to some things I have never heard of. So he’s chillin’. Fun fact, though: Savage interned for former Senator Arlen Specter in 2003, while attending Stanford University. I wonder how he got that gig.
Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter): Nothing notable, although he did direct a short film in support of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008 for MoveOn.org, and also narrated an audiobook about Obama. How come he wasn’t considered for the gig Kal Penn got in the White House?
Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence): Fishel was in a couple of those awful (I assume) direct-to-DVD National Lampoon movies. She also hosted “The Dish,” a spin/rip-off of “The Soup,” from 2008-2011.
Will Friedle (Eric Matthews): He has mostly done voice work on TV shows and in video games since “Boy Meets World” ended. So next time you’re playing “GTA” and you hear a familiar voice, it’s probably Cory’s goofy big brother.
William Daniels (Mr. Fenny): Did you know Mr. Feeny (I only refer to him as this) was the voice of KITT in the original “Night Rider”? He won two Emmys on “St. Elsewhere.” He played Dustin Hoffman’s father in “The Graduate.” What he has done since “Boy Meets World” is irrelevant.
Antony Tyler Quinn (Mr. Turner): Everyone’s favorite leather jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding English teacher has been in episodes of “House,” “The Mentalist,” “Cold Case” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Still riding that motorcycle, I’m sure.
Lee Norris (Minkus): Apparently Minkus was on “One Tree Hill” for nine years. I never watched that show because I only watched “The O.C.,” and when it was cancelled, I was too hurt to find a new mindless teenage dramedy. Well, except for “Entourage.”
Here are some quick hits on famous or semi-famous actors who were on “Boy Meets World” at one time or another:
- Ethan Suplee, from “My Name Is Earl” and “American History X,” played school rebel Harley Kiner’s enforcer, Frankie. His pipsqueak sidekick, Joey, was played by Blake Sennett, the lead singer of Rilo Kiley.
- Topanga’s father was played by Peter Tork of The Monkees and Michael McKeon of Spinal Tap. Her mother was once played by Marcia Cross of “Desperate Housewives.”
- James Marsden, better known as Cyclops in the “X-Men” movies, Liz Lemon’s current boyfriend on 30 Rock and that guy in some chick flicks, played Eric’s best friend.
- Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” and “Party Down” played the ringleader of Frankie and Joey once Harley Kiner left.
- Linda Cardellini of “Freaks and Geeks” played a girl that once broke up Cory and Topanga. But nothing could keep that love apart.
- Professional wrestler Vader played Frankie’s father, a professional wrestler, in what was definitely a real stretch.
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