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BornRider King Strong
(1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 38)
San Francisco, California
Alma mater Columbia University
Bennington College
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, voice actor, director, producer
Years active 1990–present
Alexandra Barreto (m. 2013)
Children 1

Rider King Strong (born December 11, 1979), is an American actor, director, voice actor, 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 . He is also known for his role in the 2002 horror film Cabin Fever and as the voice of Tom Lucitor in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

<i>Boy Meets World</i> television series

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom created and produced by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly. The show aired on the ABC network from September 24, 1993 to May 5, 2000, lasting seven seasons.

<i>Girl Meets World</i> television series

Girl Meets World is an American comedy television series created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly that aired on Disney Channel from June 27, 2014 to January 20, 2017. The series is a spinoff of Boy Meets World and stars Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer, August Maturo, Danielle Fishel, and Corey Fogelmanis.

<i>Cabin Fever</i> (2002 film) 2002 American horror film directed by Eli Roth

Cabin Fever is a 2002 American horror comedy film co-written and directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern, and Giuseppe Andrews. The story follows a group of college graduates who rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus. The inspiration for the film's story came from a real-life experience during a trip to Iceland when Roth developed a skin infection.


Early life

Rider King Strong was born in San Francisco, California, the second of two boys born for Lin (née Warner), a teacher and nutritionist, and King Arthur Strong, [1] a firefighter. He has English and Irish ancestry. He graduated from high school in Sebastopol, California in 1998. His elder brother is Shiloh Strong, an actor and photographer. [2]

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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.

Gavroche fictional street child from Les Misérables

Gavroche is a fictional character in the 1862 novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. He is a boy who lives on the streets of Paris. His name has become a synonym for an urchin or street child. Gavroche plays a short yet significant role in the many musical adaptations of Les Misérables, sharing the populist ideology of the Friends of the ABC and joining the revolutionaries in the June 1832 rebellion.

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Julie Andrews British actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer

Dame Julie Andrews,, is an English actress, singer and author. Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared in the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). Billed as “Britain’s youngest prima donna”, she rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956) playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot (1960) playing Queen Guinevere. In 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live, network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers.

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.

Young Artist Award award

The Young Artist Award is an accolade presented by the Young Artist Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to honor excellence of youth performers, and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically challenged or financially unstable.

Eli Roth American actor and film director

Elijah Raphael Roth is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. As a director and producer, he is most closely associated with the horror genre, first coming to prominence for directing the films Cabin Fever and Hostel.

<i>Pepper Dennis</i> television series

Pepper Dennis is a comedy-drama television series that aired on The WB from April 4 to July 4, 2006. It was quickly announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows transferred to The CW. Pepper Dennis was the final show to premiere on The WB before its transition to The CW network.

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.' [3]

Tribeca Film Festival annual film festival held in New York, USA

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.

Woods Hole Film Festival

The Woods Hole Film Festival was founded in 1991 by Judith Laster and Kate Davis.

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. [4]

Shiloh Strong actor, producer, screenwriter, director

Shiloh Strong is an American actor, screenwriter, photographer and film director whose roles include "Zelos Wilder" from Tales of Symphonia, "David Scott" from Dinotopia, and "Grant" from Buck Naked Arson.

Alexandra Barreto is an American actress who starred in the 2006 television series Pepper Dennis with her future husband Rider Strong and Rebecca Romijn and in the horror film Tooth and Nail, a part of the annual After Dark Horrorfest in 2007. Since 2013, she has appeared in the recurring role of Ana Gutierrez on The Fosters.

Barack Obama 44th president of the United States

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008.

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. [5] On March 19, 2014, it was confirmed that Strong would reprise his role as Shawn Hunter, the first being a holiday-themed episode along with former cast members Betsy Randle and William Russ. [6] In addition, Strong will also direct a number of episodes. [7]

In March 2012, Strong, Julia Pistell, and Tod Goldberg, started Literary Disco, a podcast about books and writing. [8] [9]

Personal life

In 2004, Strong graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as an English major. Before Columbia, Strong attended Occidental College. He completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in June 2009 at Bennington College.[ citation needed ]

Strong began dating actress Alexandra Barreto after they met while filming the 2006 television series Pepper Dennis . [10] They became engaged in December 2012, [10] and married on October 20, 2013 in Oregon. [11] The couple has one son, Indigo "Indy" Barreto Strong, born in December 2014. [12]


1993 Benefit of the Doubt Pete Braswell
1998 My Giant Justin Allen
2001Buck Naked ArsonWilly Barnes
2001The Secret PactLenny B. Dalton
2002 Cabin Fever Paul
2004Death ValleyDaniel
2005 Paradise, Texas Charlie
2007Cosmic RadioJustin
2007 Borderland Phil
2007 Tooth and Nail Ford
2008 Spy School Mr. Randall
2008 Irish Twins Michael SullivanShort film
2008 Pulse 3: Invasion AdamVideo
2009H20 ExtremeGreg
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Paul
2010 Darkening Sky Eric Rainer
2010Ruff LoveGeorgeShort film
2010 The Penthouse Kieran
2010Your Lucky DayYoung ManShort film
Shown at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival [13]
2011LoneJason SumnerShort film
2011Walter Don't DanceThadShort film
2013 Too Late Matthew
1991Long Road HomeBenjy RobertsonTV film
1991 Going Places DavidEpisode: "The Camping Show"
1992 Bobby's World George (voice)7 episodes
1992 Empty Nest Philip LoganEpisode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
1992 Evening Shade JimmyEpisode: "The Diary of Molly Newton"
1992 Home Improvement DannyEpisode: "Haunting of Taylor House"
1993 Nurses Max KaplanEpisode: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
1993 Time Trax William PetermanEpisode: "The Prodigy"
1993The Last HitJimmy DunneTV film
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Shawn Hunter Main role (158 episodes)
1994Summertime SwitchFrederick Egan IIITV film
1996 Maybe This Time Shawn Hunter Episode: "Acting Out"
1996 Party of Five Byron2 episodes
1997 Oddville, MTV 1 episode
1998 Hercules Pollux (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
1998 Invasion America Jim Bailey (voice)13 episodes
1999 The Practice Gary Armbrust2 episodes
1999 Batman Beyond Bobby Vance (voice)Episode: "Lost Soul"
1999–2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Pvt. Carl Jenkins12 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ethan EdwardsEpisode: "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 DennisEpisode: "Six Feet Blunder"
2006 Pepper Dennis Chick DirkaMain role (13 episodes)
2006 Veronica Mars RafeEpisode: "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
2007 Bones Gregg LiscombeEpisode: "Mummy in the Maze"
2009 Castle Rocco JonesEpisode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010 100 Questions AlanEpisode: "Wayne?"
2012Paulilu MixtapeSam PaxtonEpisode: "Hooker Lawyer"
2014 Chosen RossEpisode: "Redemption"
2014–2017 Girl Meets World Shawn Hunter Recurring Role
Directed 18 episodes
2015–present Star vs. the Forces of Evil Tom Lucitor (voice)Recurring Role
2017 Mighty Magiswords FamiliarEpisode: "Quest for Knowledge!"


1994 Young Artist Award Best Youth ComedianBoy Meets WorldNominated
1997 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Supporting Young ActorBoy Meets WorldNominated
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite 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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