Best known to Gen-Y'ers as Shawn Hunter, the resident high-school heartthrob and best friend of teen Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) on the ABC Friday-night sitcom Boy Meets World (1993-2000), Rider Strong was born in San Francisco and entered show business with a portrayal of Gavroche in a local stage production of Les Miserables. He first moved into television work at age 12 as the son of Julie Andrews on the star's eponymous sitcom, Julie (1992), then landed guest-star bits on such programs as Evening Shade, Empty Nest, Davis Rules, and Going Places. World, of course, represented Strong's career breakthrough and secured a major fan base for him (particularly among teenage girls). As the series neared closure in the late '90s, Strong branched out into film roles -- first with a small part in the sentimental Billy Crystal comedy My Giant (1998), then as a horror star in such opuses as Cabin Fever (2002), Borderland (2007), and Cabin Fever 2 (2009). Strong later switched his focus to writing, directing and starring in short films. In 2014, Strong returned to his roots, reprising his role of Shawn Hunter on the Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Played Gavroche in a San Francisco production of Les Miserables at the age of 9.
- Graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University.
- Has had short stories and poems published in literary journals that include Whiskey Island, The Chiron Review and Poetry Motel.
- Directorial debut was with the short film Irish Twins, which was written, directed and produced along with his brother, Shiloh Strong.
- Created a commercial for President Barack Obama's presidential bid that was the first political ad to appear on Comedy Central.
- Owns Redwood Shire Productions with his brother, Shiloh.