Throughout the 1990s ABC offered exciting television programs Friday nights with their TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) lineup. Boy Meets World remained a staple of ABC’s TGIF programming up until the show went off air in 2000. With 2010 marking 10 years since Boy Meets World ended, many “Where are They Now?” articles about the show’s cast have popped up. While these pieces highlight the usual suspects, including Cory Mathews (Ben Savage), Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel), Eric Mathews (Will Friedle), and Mr. Feeny (William Daniels), many other characters helped to make Boy Meets World a success. Here’s a “Where are They Now?” look into some of the memorable Boy Meets World secondary characters.
Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris)
Stuart Minkus, a stereotypical nerd, served as a Boy Meets World cast regular throughout the show’s first season. However, the Minkus character became lost when the show transitioned to high school in the second season. Minkus did make one final Boy Meets World appearance on season five’s finale, “Graduation.” While Lee Norris, the actor who portrayed Minkus, didn’t enjoy long term success with Boy Meets World, long term success would not elude him. Fans of the hit show One Tree Hill will recognize Norris as Marvin “Mouth” McFadden.
“The Enforcer” Frankie Stechino (Ethan Suplee)
While the Boy Meets World transition to high school saw the elimination of Minkus, ABC viewers became introduced to new colorful characters. Nicknamed “The Enforcer,” Ethan Suplee’s character Frankie Stechino became a semi-regular show member for seasons two through four. The Stechino character won fans over with his tough exterior, but gentle personality. Since Suplee’s Boy Meets World days as “The Enforcer,” the actor has appeared in many big screen hits, including Remember the Titans, John Q, and Butterfly Effect. Suplee would also go on to star as Randy Hickey in the television series My Name is Earl, which enjoyed a successful run from 2005 to 2009.
Joey “the Rat” Epstein (Blake Sennett)
Joey Epstein, nicknamed “the Rat” for his slimy personality, served as Stechino’s best friend. Blake Sennett, the actor who breathed life into “the Rat” character, did a few more acting gigs after Boy Meets World, but eventually transitioned into music. Sennett joined musicians Jenny Lewis, Pierre de Reeder, and Jason Boesel in 1998 to form the alternative rock group Rilo Kiley. Sennett plays guitar for Rilo Kiley. The video game Rock Band 3 will contain music from Rilo Kiley, along with famous musicians such as The Doors and Queen.
Eli Williams (Alex Desert)
Alex Desert played Eli Williams, a media arts teacher and the best friend of fellow educator Jonathan Turner (Anthony Tyler Quinn). While not on purpose, the Williams character often helped instigate the show’s conflicts. After making several appearances on Boy Meets World‘s third season, Desert continued his acting career elsewhere. Becker fans will recognize Desert as show regular Jake Malinak. Since Becker ended in 2004 Desert has kept busy, lending his voice to Tomb Raider videogame character Zip and making appearances on various television shows. Most recently Desert has contributed his voice to the character Skelly for the first full length Lego movie, Lego: the Adventures of Clutch Powers.
Chet Hunter (Blake Clark)
Blake Clark made his Boy Meets World debut as Chet Hunter near the end of the show’s second season. The Chet Hunter character resembled a tragic Shakespearean hero, having good intentions but almost always making the wrong choice. Clark has enjoyed a rather successful career since his last appearance on Boy Meets World in 2000. Clark has made appearances in several movies, including 50 First Dates, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Get Smart, and Toy Story 3 (as the voice of Slinky Dog). Clark has also made special guest appearances on television shows, such as Cold Case and Community.
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