Rider Strong. biography
Best known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the family sitcom Boy Meets World, Rider King Strong was born on December 11, 1979 in San Francisco, California. Rider first began acting at the age of nine and made his stage debut in Les Misérables, followed by his first reoccurring role on Julie Andrews’ sitcom Julie (1992). As soon as the show ended, Rider made his film introduction in thriller Benefit of the Doubt (1993) alongside Donald Sutherland, but didn’t receive the acceptance he was in search of until finding his niche as Shawn Hunter in the sitcom Boy Meets World (1993 – 2000).
For seven seasons, Rider put forth a consistent, enjoyable performance for which he was decorated with two Young Artist Award nominations and a Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Award, before making his film comeback in the horror flick Cabin Fever (2002). Rider then wrote and directed his debut short film Irish Twins (2008) with the help of his brother Shiloh Strong, a film that later earned an Audience Award and Jury Award at the Woods Hole Film Festival and a Best First-Time Director Award at DC Shorts Film Festival.
Rider then used his creativity for political warfare by co-creating a TV ad in support of Barrack Obama in April 2008. The ad was chosen out of 1,100 other applicants, named the funniest ad and was the first political advertisement to air on Comedy Central. In 2009, Rider lent his voice to the audio book of The Obama Revolution, guest-starred on the ABC crime-mystery series Castle, and reprised his role in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, prior to returning to screen in the sci-fi thriller Darkening Sky (2010).
Rider has since appeared in a variety of productions, including the western-short Lone (2011), the TV series Paulilu Mixtape (2012), the crime-drama-short Walter Don’t Dance (2011) and the drama film Too Late (2013). In November 2012, Disney Channel announced the arrival of the Boy Meets World spinoff series, called Girl Meets World. The show’s two main stars, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, will reprise their roles while Rider has yet to be approach by Disney. When asked about being apart of the spinoff show, Rider responded, “There might be a chance to see some of the BMW cast in a guest spot, and I think it would be nice to find out where our characters have been all these years. But Girl Meets World will be, and I think it should be, its own show. It will be about Cory and Topanga, their daughter, and a new set of characters.”