Best known as: Shawn Hunter on Boy Meets World
Golden era: Mid- to late ‘90s
Then: Shawn Hunter, we credit (blame?) you for the middle-parted floppy hair so many of our middle-school companions adopted during BMW’s run. It was impossible not to fall for the bad boy, especially as Rider Strong aged and the character turned into a sensitive poet. Um, can you tell our crush is still lingering?
Now: Though Shawn Hunter lives on through our BMW DVDs, Rider Strong has branched out from acting. He appeared in Cabin Fever, some truly disturbing episodes of Bones and Castle, and an episode of Veronica Mars (which proves he is the best ever). Beyond these gigs, Rider and his brother Shiloh have written and directed a few short films, including Dungeon Master, which chronicles their time playing Dungeons & Dragons. Kinda nerdy, but what do you expect from a Columbia University grad with an MFA?
In October 2013, Rider got hitched to his girlfriend, actress Alexandra Barreto! Their whimsical, summer camp-themed wedding made us fall in love with him all over again.