Published On: May 02 2013 11:49:19 AM CDTUpdated On: May 05 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
May 5, 2015, marks not only 15 years since the series finale of "Boy Meets World," but also the 34th birthday of one of its stars, Danielle Fishel. To mark the occasion, take a look at where the stars of the show are today.
Ben Savage (left) starred as the mischievous Cory Matthews from 1993-2000, going from sixth-grader to college student and newlywed. Following the "Boy Meets World" series finale, Savage went on to graduate from college in real life, earning a degree in political science from Stanford in 2004.
The now 34-year-old has continued to act, both in movies like 2007's "Palo Alto, CA," and with appearances on shows such as "Without a Trace," "Bones," "Chuck" and "Shake It Up!" Since 2014, he's been reprising his "Boy Meets World" role in the Disney Channel spinoff "Girl Meets World," which sees his Cory Matthews and childhood sweetheart Topanga (Danielle Fishel) grown up with a daughter and son of their own.
Danielle Fishel came to fame playing '90s dream girl Topanga Lawrence, who went from aggravating know-it-all to Cory Matthews' sweetheart and, at series end, his wife.
Fishel tried her hand at film with "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze" after the series ended, before moving away from acting for a while. The 34-year-old served as a special correspondent on "The Tyra Banks Show," as host of the Style Network's "The Dish," and appeared on MSN TV's "Last Night on TV." Like Ben Savage, she is now reprising the role of Topanga, as an adult, on the Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World."
William Daniels' George Feeny was one of the most beloved adult characters on "Boy Meets World," playing a teacher/principal/next-door neighbor and voice of reason to Cory Matthews.
Daniels, who is also known as the voice of KITT in "Knight Rider" and for his Emmy-winning role in "St. Elsewhere," moved on from following Cory throughout his educational career to landing roles on "Touched by an Angel," "The Closer" and "The King of Queens." Most recently, the 88-year-old Daniels appeared on the ninth season of "Grey's Anatomy" in a recurring role as Dr. Craig Thomas (pictured). He also made his first return appearances as Mr. Feeny on "Girl Meets World" in December 2014 and will again appear in a May 14, 2015, episode of the show.
Rider Strong played Shawn Hunter, Cory's best friend. The character, whose leather jacket and floppy haircut made Strong a major crush for fans of the show, appeared in all 158 episodes of "Boy Meets World."
After the series ended in 2000, Strong continued acting in shows such as "Kim Possible" and "Pepper Dennis," and in movies such as 2002's "Cabin Fever." The Columbia grad (English, 2004) and Bennington College M.F.A. has moved behind the camera as of late, having written and directed projects along with his brother, Shiloh, such as 2008's "Irish Twins." While Strong, seen here in 2013, had initially said he had no interest in appearing on "Girl Meets World," he eventually did reprise his role as Shawn Hunter in a holiday-themed episode of the new show in 2014. He made one more appearance during the show's first season and will be making several more over the course of its second season, which is set to begin on May 11, 2015.
Betsy Randle, who previously had a recurring role on the sitcom "Home Improvement," played Amy Matthews, Cory's mother, on "Boy Meets World."
Since the series ended, Randle has kept a low profile. For a while the most recent screen credit for the married actress and mom of two was a recurring role on the TV series "Charmed" in 2004, but she has since reprised her "Boy Meets World" role a couple times for "Girl Meets World."
Will Friedle played Cory Matthews' lovably dense older brother, Eric, for seven years.
Once the show ended, Friedle kept up a career on the small screen, although viewers might not have recognized him. Now 38, he's done voice work on "Batman Beyond," "Kim Possible," "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Thundercats" and "Marvel's Avengers Assemble." He's set to make a return appearance as Eric Matthews on a May 15 episode of "Girl Meets World" and will return for at least one more episode this season. He's seen here in the 2004 movie "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers," one of his most recent live action roles.
William Russ played even-keeled dad Alan Matthews on "Boy Meets World."
Russ, now 64, moved on from "Boy Meets World" to roles in both daytime ("The Young and the Restless") and primetime ("Boston Legal"). He's most recently had cameos on shows such as "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Vegas," "90210" and "Criminal Minds." He joined Strong and Randle in reprising his "Boy Meets World" role on a December 2014 holiday-themed episode of "Girl Meets World," and will again appear in a May 14, 2015, episode of the series.
Lily Nicksay first played Morgan Matthews, little sister to Cory and Eric, for two years before Lindsay Ridgeway took over the role in 1995.
Nicksay, now 27, has continued to work in TV with roles on "Judging Amy," "8 Simple Rules" and "The Mentalist," while also appearing in movies like "The Negotiator" and "Up Close & Personal."
Lindsay Ridgeway played the slightly older Morgan for the remainder of "Boy Meets World's" seven-season run.
After the show ended, Ridgeway did voice work on the TV series "Totally Spies!" Like some of her castmates, Ridgeway went on to pursue a higher education, in her case at the University of California, Riverside, from which she graduated in 2007. She received her master's degree in counseling from the University of Redlands in 2010. After a 15-year break from live-action acting, she is scheduled to reprise her "Boy Meets World" character in a episode of "Girl Meets World" later this year.
Maitland Ward played Jack's (Matthew Lawrence) girlfriend, Rachel McGuire, on "Boy Meets World," appearing in 45 episodes during the show's final two seasons.
Ward shared this picture of her and her "Boy Meets World" co-stars Will Friedle and Rider Strong while visiting the set of the pilot for "Girl Meets World." Since the end of the show, Ward has only a handful of acting credits to her name, including guest roles on the TV series "Boston Public" and "Rules of Engagement" and a supporting role in the 2004 comedy "White Chicks."
Anthony Tyler Quinn played high school teacher Jonathan Turner from 1994 to 1997 on "Boy Meets World."
Quinn stayed on the small screen with roles on "Melrose Place" and "Caroline in the City," plus a steady diet of guest appearances, including a role in a 2012 episode of "Pretty Little Liars" titled "A Hot Piece of A" (pictured). He is set to reprise his "Boy Meets World" character on "Girl Meets World," with his first appearance coming later this year in a second-season episode titled "Girl Meets the New Teacher."
Matthew Lawrence, the real-life brother of "Blossom" actor Joey Lawrence, played Jack Hunter, the older half-brother of Shawn Hunter and Eric Matthews' best friend and roommate.
The 35-year-old actor has landed big screen roles after "Boy Meets World" in movies such as 2002's "The Hot Chick" and 2007's "The Comebacks." In 2011, he guest starred on his brother's sitcom "Melissa & Joey," and made several return appearances in 2014. He's seen here on the right with brother Joey Lawrence in a scene from the 2011 episode. He most recently appeared in the 2014 Starz made-for-TV movie "The Dog Who Saved Easter" and had a cameo in a January 2015 episode of Comedy Central's "Workaholics."
Rider Strong's Shawn Hunter was a heartthrob, but to Trina McGee's credit, fans also rooted for her character (Angela Moore) and her relationship with the resident bad boy of "Boy Meets World." McGee joined the show in 1997 and appeared in 60 episodes as Hunter's on-again-off-again girlfriend.
The 45-year-old mother of three continued acting on the big-screen with an appearance in 2002's "Friday After Next" and on the small screen with a 2007 appearance on the comedy, "All of Us." She also recently appeared in the direct-to-video comedy "Da Booty Shop" and in the 2009 TV series "Pastor Jones." Like many of her former castmates, she will be reprising her "Boy Meets World" character on an upcoming second-season episode of "Girl Meets World."
Longtime "Boy Meets World" fans remember the nerdy Stuart Minkus well, but the character didn't last long on the series. As portrayed by Lee Norris, Minkus appeared throughout the first season, but then left the show, only coming back in for the fifth season finale, "Graduation," in 1998.
Norris, however, has had a healthy TV career; the 33-year-old went on to star on "One Tree Hill" as Marvin "Mouth" McFadden, as seen here in a 2012 episode of the drama. He made a guest star appearance on an August 2014 episode of "Girl Meets World" and had a minor role in the movie "Gone Girl."
Ethan Suplee (left) had a recurring role as Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino in "Boy Meets World," appearing in 19 episodes from 1994 to 1998, while Adam Scott (right) appeared in four episodes scattered over the show's second and third seasons as bully Griff Hawkins.
Suplee has gone on to star in movies such as "Mallrats," "American History X" and "The Butterfly Effect" and was a regular on the sitcom "My Name is Earl." He also had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's 2013 Best Picture-nominee "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Scott, who became a regular on the sitcom "Parks and Recreation" starting late in the show's second season, has also appeared on the TV series "Party of Five," "Six Feet Under" and "Party Down," and has had roles in movies such as "Step Brothers," "Piranha 3-D," "Friends with Kids" and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2."
Just before going on to star in the short-lived but much beloved TV series "Freaks and Geeks," Linda Cardellini played Lauren, a girl who came between Cory and Topanga, on four episodes during the fifth season of "Boy Meets World."
Cardellini went on to star in the live action "Scooby-Doo" movies as Velma Dinkley, joined "ER" as a series regular for its last six seasons and was a recurring character for the sixth season of "Mad Men." She also landed a recurring role on the sitcom "New Girl" in 2014, playing the sister of Zooey Deschanel's character, and now stars on the Netflix original drama "Bloodline."
Before going on to "Desperate Housewives" fame, Marcia Cross played Rhiannon Lawrence, Topanga's mother, in three episodes during the show's seventh and final season.
Mena Suvari would later find fame with starring roles in the movies "American Pie" and "American Beauty," but she made her acting debut with minor roles in two episodes of "Boy Meets World" in 1995 and 1996.
The late actress Brittany Murphy appeared in two episodes during the third season of "Boy Meets World," just before her career started to blossom thanks to her role in the 1995 movie "Clueless" opposite Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. She went on to star in movies such as "Girl, Interrupted," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," "8 Mile," "Just Married," "Uptown Girls" and "Sin City" before dying of pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication, at the age of 34 on Dec. 20, 2009.
Before becoming famous for writing the screenplay for and starring in the 2002 hit comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Nia Vardalos appeared in two minor roles, one of them uncredited, in the sixth season of "Boy Meets World."
Three of the members of The Monkees made a memorable guest appearance playing characters in the 1995 episode "Rave On" and performing the songs "My Girl" and "Not Fade Away." Pictured here are Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz with Ben Savage and Rider Strong. The episode also featured a brief cameo by "The Partridge Family" star Dave Madden, reprising his role of band manager Reuben Kincaid. The fourth member of The Monkees, Michael Nesmith, attended the taping of the episode but did not appear on screen. Despite the February 2012 death of Jones, The Monkees continue to tour today, with Nesmith, who sat out most of the band's reunion efforts throughout the 1980s and '90s, back in the fold.
In April 2014, the Disney Channel released the first images and a teaser trailer for "Girl Meets World," with Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returning as an older and still married Cory and Topanga, with their characters' daughter Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard (second from right), the new focus of the show. Also seen is Sabrina Carpenter (far right), who plays Riley's best friend, Maya Hart.
In March 2014, the Disney Channel posted this photo on Instagram, showing past "Boy Meets World" stars filming a dinner scene for the holiday-themed episode of "Girl Meets World." Included in the photo are (from left to right) William Russ, Betsy Randle, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage. Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard have their backs to the camera.