Rider Strong

Strong at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Born Rider King Strong

December 11, 1979 (age 31) San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1990 - present

Rider King Strong (born December 11, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer andscreenwriter. He is best known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World.

He is resently cast to play G2 Blue Galaxy Ranger Billy James in Anthony Marsh, Jr 's film based on Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy , Power Rangers LG: The Rise of Trakeena which is set to be released June 29, 2011. Following this film, Strong is signed on for 2 sequels.


[hide]*1 Biography


[edit]Early lifeEdit

Rider King Strong was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Lin (née Warner), a teacher and nutritionist, and King Strong, a firefighter. He graduated from high school in Sebastopol, California in 1997. His brother is Shiloh Strong, an actor and still photographer.[1]


Strong began his acting career at the young 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 Hunterin the ABC series Boy Meets World that he received widespread recognition. He is currently In the new Show channel Original comedy Jennette, which started on September 14, 2010 [2]

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. He has a brief cameo appearance in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, the sequel to Cabin Fever. It was released in 2009.

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]

In April 2008, Strong co-created (with his brother and his girlfriend, actress Alexandra Barreto) a 30-second television ad in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, titled "It Could Happen to You." The ad, submitted to, 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 performed the audiobook of The Obama Revolution by Alan Kennedy-Shaffer. Strong stars 2010 in the Science Fiction-Thriller film "The Darkening Sky" alongside Ezra Buzzington, Charley Rossman, Sally Berman, Daniel Kirschner and LaShan Anderson under the direction from Victor Bornia.[4]

[edit]Personal lifeEdit

In 2004, Strong graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University as an English major. While a student at Columbia, he wrote the foreword for fellow Columbian Steve Hofstetter's "Student Body Shots". Before Columbia, Strong attended Occidental College. He completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in June 2009 at Bennington College.


Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Benefit of the Doubt Pete Braswell
1998 My Giant Justin Allen
2001 Buck Naked Arson Willy Producer
The Secret Pact Lenny B. Dalton
2002 Cabin Fever Paul
2004 Death Valley Daniel
2005 Paradise, Texas Charlie
2007 Cosmic Radio Justin
Borderland Phil
Tooth and Nail Ford
2008 Irish Twins Michael Sullivan Director, writer
Spy School Mr. Randall Alternative title: Doubting Thomas
H2O Extreme Greg
Pulse 2: Afterlife Adam (Cameo) Direct-to-DVD release
Pulse 3: Invasion Adam Direct-to-DVD release
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Paul
Darkening Sky Eric Rainer
2010 The Penthouse Kieran Alternative title: Erica, Kieran and Lexi
Your Lucky Day Young Man Shown at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival[5]
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Long Road Home Benjy Robertson NBC


Going Places David Episode: "The Camping Show"
1992 Julie Adam Unknown episodes
Empty Nest Philip Logan Episode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
Home Improvement Danny Episode: "The Haunting of Taylor House"
1993 Nurses Max Kaplan Episode: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
Time Trax William Peterman Episode: "The Prodigy"
The Last Hit Jimmy Dunne NBC TV-Movie
Evening Shade Jimmy Episode: "The Diary of Molly Newton"
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Shawn Hunter 158 episodes[citation needed]
1994 Summertime Switch Frederick Egan III ABC TV-Movie
1996 Maybe This Time Shawn Hunter Episode: "Acting Out"
Party of Five Byron Episodes: "Summer Fun, Summer Not""Going, Going, Gone"
1997 Oddville, MTV Episode: July 7, 1997
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Pollux (Voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
Invasion America Jim Bailey (Voice) The WB


1999 The Practice Gary Armbrust Episodes: "Home Invasions""Infected"
Batman Beyond Bobby Vance (Voice) Episode: "Lost Soul"
1999–2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Special Operations Tactician Carl Jenkins(Voice) 6 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ethan Edwards Episode: "The Pilgrim"
2002–2004 Kim Possible Brick Flagg (Voice) 5 episodes
2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Brick Flagg (Voice) Disney Channel TV-Movie
2006 Crumbs Dennis Episode: "Six Feet Blunder"
Pepper Dennis Chick Dirka 13 episodes
Veronica Mars Rafe Episode: "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
2007 Bones Greg Episode: "Mummy in the Maze"
2009 Castle Rocco Episode: "The Fifth Bullet"

[edit]Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Film or series
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Won Favorite Television Friends Boy Meets World

(Shared with Ben Savage)

2008 Washington DC Shorts Film Festival Nominated Best First Time Filmmaker Irish Twins

(Shared with Shiloh Strong)

1994 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Youth Comedian Boy Meets World
1994 Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Supporting Young Actor Boy Meets World


  1. ^ Rider Strong Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ Rider Strong Talks Cabin Fever, its Sequel and Darkening Sky
  3. ^ Pure Movies interview with Rider Strong about Borderland
  4. ^ Trailer: The Darkening Sky
  5. ^ Your Lucky Day | 2010 Seattle International Film Festival

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