Rider King Strong is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter best known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World and its 2014 spin-off Girl Meets World.

He voices Tom Lucitor in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Early life

Strong was born in San Francisco, California to Lin (née Warner), a teacher and nutritionist, and King Arthur Strong, a firefighter. He graduated from high school in Sebastopol, California in 1998. His brother is Shiloh Strong, an actor and photographer.


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. He would not receive widespread recognition until he was chosen for the role of Shawn Hunter in the ABC series Boy Meets World.

During the series' seven-year run, Strong 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. In 2006, he returned to television for a regular series role in the WB's Pepper Dennis. He also had a brief cameo appearance in 2009's Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.

Along with his brother Shiloh, Strong wrote and directed the short film, Irish Twins, which won both the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Woods Hole Film Festival. 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.

In March 2012, Strong, with Julia Pistell and Tod Goldberg, started Literary Disco, a podcast about books and writing. In March 2014, he was confirmed to reprise his role as Shawn Hunter in the Boy Meets World spinoff Girl Meets World.

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