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It seems like yesterday we were watching Boy Meets World, singing along to the catchy theme song. Oh, how some of us still wish we went to school with Cory, Shawn, and Topanga. Instead, almost 30 years have passed since the sitcom’s premiere. But luckily for us, much of the cast is still closer than ever! So, what’s going on with Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and the others? Shocking enough, Ben Savage has opened up about the last scene of Boy Meets World, and it’s heartbreaking. Keep scrolling to find what the cast is up to now and their secrets …
One of the favorite TV kids of all time, Ben Savage, grew up right before our eyes as Cory Matthews. However, nothing, not even time, could stop Cory from loving Topanga! The real-life lovers tied the knot and welcomed a daughter named Riley on the show. Sigh...! We’re still not over Girl Meets World getting canceled. Since then, Ben, aka Cory, has starred in several shows, including Criminal Minds and Chuck.
As Cory’s BFF Shawn, Rider Strong has always landed his buddy Cory in trouble. However, he's always talked his way out of detention too! Fast forward three decades, and today, Rider is doing voice-over work for several shows. He is happily married to Alexandra Barreto and welcomed a son in 2015.
It’s a no-brainer that Topanga was the ultimate feminist icon on Boy Meets World. Uh boy ... we still remember that lipstick scene! So, it’s no surprise Cory, aka Ben, fell in love with her in middle school. Today, Danielle Fishel is transitioning her efforts. She’s redirected her focus to working behind the cameras. She’s helmed episodes of Disney’s hit show Sydney to the Max and guest appeared on Drop the Mic in 2018.
We still scream “Mr. Feeny” on top of our lungs in our favorite Eric Matthews voice now and then! At 94 years old, the Knight Rider actor revisited his iconic role for the Girl Meets World reboot. Perhaps, it wouldn’t have been the same without Mr. Feeny. Well, let's just thank William Daniels for treating us with his iconic performance!
Cory’s older brother, Eric, was a perfect mix of an annoying older brother and a trusted confidant. Well, Will Friedle played the hilarious character, treating fans with rib-tickling laughter. You might’ve heard his voice on several popular animated series over the past decade. Well, the man is still going strong with his voice-over works. You might’ve enjoyed hearing his voice in Guardians of the Galaxy and Teen Titans Go!
Betsy Randle is one of the best TV moms of all time. Amy Matthews was always that typical mom who tried to mend her sons with as much advice as possible. Nearly three decades later, the fan-favorite mom is still acting. She’s appeared in two films: Painter and To The Beat!: Back 2 School.
Fans might find it challenging to get over the typical dad figure on the show. Mr. Matthews went from iconic TV dad to ultimate TV grandad on Girl Meets World. William Russ starred in several movies and TV shows, including Bosch, American History X, and Boston Legal.
It’s a no-brainer that Matthew Lawrence was a bonafide ’90s heartthrob! Well, it’s no surprise he was cast on the ABC sitcom as Shawn’s half-brother, Jack. Today, the Mrs. Doubtfire actor is still keeping himself busy in front of the camera. Matthews is now married to DWTS pro-dancer Cheryl Burke.
Shawn Hunter found true love with Angela during the Boy Meets World later years. However, fans were devastated to see that she was married to someone else on the reboot. Since her appearance on the reboot, Trina McGee hasn’t taken on other acting roles. But we still love Angela, aka Trina, and can’t wait to see her on our TV screen again!
As Jack and Eric’s roommate, Rachel McGuire seamlessly fits in with the Boy Meets World cast. Following her stints on the sitcom, Maitland Ward landed in several minor roles. All the while, she embraced her passion for venturing outside of traditional acting. Maitland and Terry Baxter tied the knot in 2006 and have been happily married ever since.
Lee Norris went from playing the adorable Minkus on Boy Meets World to “Mouth” on One Tree Hill. Years later, he bounced back to play Minkus again on Girl Meets World. Lee’s most recent role was in the 2020 blockbuster movie Greyhound. He grabbed a chance to star alongside Tom Hanks and Elisabeth Shue in one of his best roles ever.
Just a few recaps of the ’90s teen love drama is enough to make fans fall in love with Turner again. Well, who doesn’t have a crush on the motorcycle hunk, anyway? Apart from his days on Boy Meets World, Tyler has starred in roles on FX’s miniseries, Feud.
Morgan Matthews played Cory and Eric’s younger sister from 1993 to 1995. She starred in the Michelle Pfeiffer-Robert Redford romantic drama Up Close & Personal. Lily Nicksay guest-starred on a few TV shows, including Age Of The Moon, The Negotiator, and The Christmas Box. She’s been going by Lily Gibson since tying the knot with Dave Gibson in 2015.
After the longest gap ever, Morgan reappeared as an older, entirely different girl. Lindsay took over the role of Morgan in 1996 until the show’s end in 2000. She graduated from UC Riverside in 2007 and earned her master’s degree in counseling in 2010. Ridgeway made a comeback as Morgan for the Girl Meets World reboot.
Lauren was one of the few people in the show who could get in between Cory and Topanga. Following her graduation from the show, Cardellini was off to spots in ER, Scooby-Doo, and Mad Men. She’s also joined the Marvel Universe and is a producer and actor on the Netflix dark comedy, Dead to Me. Meanwhile, the actress has a daughter Lilah-Rose with longtime partner, Steven Rodriguez.
Frankie was in charge of the imposing bidding of the bully at John Adams High School. Over the years, the secret poetry enthusiast has proved to have a soft spot for Cory and Shawn. Ethan Suplee has been happily married to Brandy Lewis since 2006, and they have two children together.
Before fans knew Adam Scott from his various roles, he had a four-episode arc as Griff Hawkins on the sitcom. He took his place as a chief bully at John Adams High. He graduated from Boy Meets World to find fame in several shows. Now, that includes the intense HBO drama Tell Me You Love Me, Park and Recreation, and Big Little Lies. Scott is married to Naomi Sablan since 2005, and the couple has two kids.
Bonnie Bartlett played the dean of Pennbrook College and later, wife to Mr. Feeny. She continued to act after working with her real-life husband of almost 70 years on the show. Bonnie has appeared on shows including Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, and Better Call Saul. Her last acting credit was in 2017, and no, it wasn’t Girl Meets World!
Chet Hunter provided a lightheartedness despite being Shawn’s absentee father. Blake Clark doesn’t always play down-to-earth characters that most of us can relate to. He always picks roles that make the movie or show work as it should. His collaboration with Adam Sandler catapulted him to fame. At 75, Clark’s latest acting investment includes the 2020 mystery-comedy, Hubie Halloween.
Harley Keiner was the leader of the gang that included Joey “The Rat” and Frankie Stecchino. Perhaps, he was the man everyone feared at John Adams High until, of course, he was expelled from the school! Though the leather jacket bully was a main character on the show, Danny McNulty disappeared. A new Harley replaced him! However, he made a brief comeback on the Girl Meets World spinoff.
For the first two seasons of the sitcom, Jason Marsden was the only close friend we could see Eric with. But that was until they went to college. Marsden mysteriously disappeared after the second season, never to be heard of again. Well, he moved on with the big screen with a handful of shows and movies. He’s done a few voice-overs for films like The Secret Life of Pets.
Remember when Candace Cameron Bure played a witch on Boy Meets World? Fans might still be surprised to see a 21-year-old Bure in a straight-up villain role of a witch. She married NHL player Valeri Bure, and the couple has three children together. Apart from being active in other niches, Bure reprised her role as DJ in Fuller House.
You might’ve seen Kristanna Loken in two episodes. First, Shawn’s girlfriend, Jennifer who tries to keep him and Corey apart. Then, she went on to play his jilted ex, who attempted to end his relationship with Angela. Loken’s spot in Hollywood seemed assured when she hit the big screen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She’s still around and performs more on TV than in films.
The One Tree Hill star was on Boy Meets World before she stepped into the role of Taylor James. On Boy Meets World, Lindsey played Libby Harper, one of Shawn’s exes who believe he will hurt Angela. Following her graduation from Boy Meets World, Lindsey hit the big screen along with several TV roles. The One Tree Hill alum is married to Brant Hively.
Alex Désert is one of those actors who is all over the place with his roles and talent. He’s been on everything from The Flash to Grey’s Anatomy and Boy Meets World. Desert has been chosen to take over some of the iconic roles on shows. Most recently, the BMW alum has taken over as a voice artist. He voices the character of Carl on The Simpsons’ 32nd season, having replaced Hank Azaria.
Way before she earned a household name on American Beauty and American Pie, Mena Suvari was on Boy Meets World. She played two different girls in the series. First, as Laura in Danger Boy episode and then Hilary in The Grass is Always Greener. Suvari always had an incredible career on TV and modeling.
You’d probably remember Troy Evans as Ranger Mark on the ABC sitcom. The Bosch alum appeared in only two episodes. Later, he went on to taste success following his graduation from Boy Meets World. He was last seen as Chuck Horner in the 2018 romance flick Cruise.
The pivotal coming-of-age sitcom Boy Meets World is still cherished for several things. Whether it is Cory and Topanga’s love or Chris Hardwick, there’s something about this show! Ok, wait … Chris Hardwick? Uh, let’s say he guest-starred as himself on the ’90s hit show, and it was a glorious episode indeed. Currently, he’s busy as the host and executive producer of NBC’s game show The Wall.
Kathy Kinney’s tenure as Rifkin on Boy Meets World was limited to just one episode titled Danger Boy. However, she left no stone unturned in her acting prowess. A lot changed when Kathy Kinney turned 66 years old. Apart from Boy Meets World, she became a household name as "Mimi" on The Drew Carey Show. The same role is credited to the name and fame she amassed later.
Nearly 20 years since Mr. Feeny said “class dismissed,” the cast recalls filming the final scene of Boy Meets World. Perhaps, Ben Savage still remembers filming the climax scene like it was yesterday. Do you remember the last episode that aired on May 5, 2000? Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and Eric bid a tearful goodbye to their beloved teacher. It was a touching goodbye one last time before he put out the classroom lights. Well, Ben has spilled the beans on the secret behind those precious tears ...
Honestly, Mr. Feeny’s final lesson has remained with several Boy Meets World fans since the lights went out. According to Savage, those tears fans watched from the cast members were genuine. He doesn’t remember his position while filming the touching scene. However, he says he remembers filming it, of course.
The climax scene in the classroom with Mr. Feeney was filmed in a single take. William Daniels, 94, played the beloved Mr. Feeny since the series’ debut. According to Savage, Daniels was more like the mentor he portrayed onscreen. Well, apart from emotions, the sitcom did have a few secrets not many of us know. Perhaps, the makers thought that these things would be best when kept under the wraps …
The makers of Boy Meets World changed Lee Norris’s character’s name to Stuart Minkus. Well, they had a legible reason for doing so. They discovered that there was an actual Stuart Lempke. What’s the connection, anyway? Well, Stuart Lempke was a real person in Philadelphia and they didn't want to mess with him. Coincidentally, this is where the show was plotted.
Danielle Fishel wasn’t Boy Meets World's original Topanga. A different actress initially played the role. But things didn’t ultimately work out for the part. On her first day, Fishel peppered the character with her upbeat and peppy acting. But after rehearsal, co-creator Michael Jacobs told her to be more of a calm, slow character. Fearing that she’d lose the role like the previous actress, Fishel rehearsed her role all night long. The next day, she earned a freaking standing ovation for delivering the part.
The makers took a while to come up with Fishel’s character’s name. However, it ended up being a last-minute decision. Jacobs was driving past the Topanga Canyon when the production crew called him. They wanted him to find a name for the character. Obviously, he had to name the character Topanga, thanks to the canyon! Later on, he said that had they called him two miles later, then Topanga’s name would’ve been Canoga, the next exit!
Though fans adored Shawn’s haircut, Rider Strong didn’t feel the same way. Unfortunately, the makers didn’t allow him to change it. However, the hairstyle he donned during his stints on Boy Meets World wasn’t chosen by the show’s creators. Strong had walked in that hairstyle, and from then onward, the director never let him cut it or alter it!
Disney would never allow their show’s cast members to take home their props. But when Boy Meets World ended, Rider Strong managed to take home a nice souvenir. He had a leather jacket which he swapped with the one that belonged to Disney sets. However, Strong said that someone else took the jacket from his car in Brooklyn!
Friedle and Strong remain close buddies to this day. Their undeniable chemistry eventually led to some hard-to-shoot scenes. In a 2013 reunion, Friedle revealed that the makers never let Rider and him shoot scenes together. It was because the two best friends would look at each other and start laughing!
Jennifer Love Hewitt wasn’t the only celeb to make a guest appearance on Boy Meets World. Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini starred in a few episodes. Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott played high school bully Hawkins in season two. In 1995, the same year that Clueless premiered, Britanny Murphy played Trini. She was cast for two episodes.
Boy Meets World was at its peak, and so was Rider Strong’s career. But he decided to halt his stardom and focus on his studies. He’d approached the makers about quitting. But Jacobs convinced Rider that it was possible to shoot while attending college. Strong took all the morning classes and returned to the shooting scene. In 2004, he graduated with an English degree from Columbia University.
Though Boy Meets World leaps ahead in time, it’s pretty hard to tell when those leaps occur. For instance, in season one, Cory, Topanga, and Shawn are in the sixth grade. In season two, they are in the seventh grade. But in season four, the characters are depicted as 11th graders. They enter college in season six. Somewhere, a couple of grades were intentionally lost in time!
Topanga’s family tree was all over the place. However, she’s mentioned as the only child. Five different actors played the role of her parents throughout the series. Michael McKean, Peter Tork, and Mark Harelik played Topanga’s father. Annette O’Toole and Marcia Cross played her mother.
It’s a general theory that a series of this level ropes in the cast after a hectic auditioning schedule. But Maitland, however, remains an exception. She’d joined the show during Boy Meets World’s college years. However, she had previously auditioned for one of Jacobs’s shows, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. Though Jacobs liked her, Maitland never made it to the cast. Instead, he signed her for the role of Jack and Eric’s roommate and crush, Rachel.
Jacobs wanted the show’s favorite couple, Cory and Topanga, to get married before the series ended. However, ABC disagreed with the decision. The network executives thought that the characters were 20 years old. They deemed them too young for marriage. Later, Jacobs suggested an audience poll to find out what the fans wanted. Surprisingly, Boy Meets World fans wanted Cory and Topanga to get hitched!
Millions of fans followed Boy Meets World's teen shenanigans of Cory and his buddies for seven seasons. Honestly, there’s no match to the show that rekindles our childhood memories! Let us know what you think about the evergreen cast of Boy Meets World! Please don’t forget to share this article with all your friends! Thanks for reading!