Will Friedle

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Will Friedle
Will Friedle Photo Op GalaxyCon Raleigh 2019.jpg
Friedle at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2019
Born (1976-08-11) August 11, 1976 (age 45)
EducationAvon High School
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Susan Martens
(m. 2016)
Signature
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Will Friedle (/ˈfrɪdɛl/; born August 11, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, and writer.[1] He is best known for his role as the elder brother Eric Matthews on the long-running TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 to 2000. More recently, he has voiced a number of animated characters such as Terry McGinnis/Batman, the title character of Batman Beyond, and Ron Stoppable of Kim Possible. He voices Deadpool in Ultimate Spider-Man and Star-Lord in the animated version of Guardians of the Galaxy. He also performed the voices of Doyle in The Secret Saturdays, Lion-O in the rebooted ThunderCats series, and Blue Beetle on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.[2] He has been the speaking voice of Bumblebee in the final episode of Transformers: Prime and the movie Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising and in the stand-alone sequel series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as well as in Transformers: Rescue Bots.

Early life[edit]

Friedle was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the youngest of three boys of Patricia Joan (née Leary) and Gary Allen Friedle, both lawyers. His big brothers are Gary and Greg Friedle.[3][4][5] After committing himself to becoming an actor, Friedle continually commuted from Avon, Connecticut to New York City for auditions. He graduated from Avon High School in 1994.

Friedle is allegedly credited on school brochures as having attended Occidental College. However, when interviewed on the February 11, 2019, episode of Critical Role: Between The Sheets,[6] he admitted having never attended the school. He stated that he learned he was being inaccurately credited by Occidental College as being an alumnus when his nephew visited the school and showed him the information package. Occidental College is not able to confirm that Friedle was ever used on marketing brochures; however, co-star Rider Strong attended Occidental College briefly during the filming of Boy Meets World. Additionally, he stated that he studied Latin for six years because he intended to become an archaeologist eventually. In the July 4, 2006, issue of People, Friedle mentioned he had thought about attending culinary school.

Career[edit]

After co-hosting Nickelodeon's Don't Just Sit There for three seasons (1988–1991), Friedle was cast as Cory Matthews' likeable but underachieving elder brother Eric on the long-running TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 to 2000. In 1998, he starred with Elizabeth Harnois, Dabney Coleman & Jay Thomas in My Date with the President's Daughter as part of The Wonderful World of Disney.

In 2004, he co-starred with Chris Owen in the independent film National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (originally titled Lady Killers). He also appeared in a supporting role in the 2005 ABC Family movie Everything You Want. Friedle was cast as Mike in the WB sitcom Off Centre, but could not accept the role because of a previous commitment to the UPN series The Random Years. The role ended up going to Eddie Kaye Thomas.[7]

Friedle voiced Seifer Almasy in the English version of the video game Kingdom Hearts II, Gideon Wyeth in the English version of the video game Advent Rising, and Jaster Rogue in the English version of the video game Rogue Galaxy.

In December 2013, in spite of initial reluctance, it was announced that Friedle would reprise his Boy Meets World role of Eric Matthews on the continuation series Girl Meets World.[8][9][10]

In April 2014, it was confirmed that Friedle reprised his Batman Beyond role of Terry McGinnis on the Batman Beyond short made by Darwyn Cooke to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Batman.[citation needed]

On June 27, 2019, the premiere episode of Christy's Kitchen Throwback featuring Friedle was uploaded to Christy Carlson Romano's YouTube Channel.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Friedle dated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt,[12] and co-starred with her in the romantic teen comedy Trojan War. Hewitt made a guest appearance as Jennifer Love "Feffy" Fefferman on Boy Meets World episode "And Then There Was Shawn".

Friedle is best friends with actor Jason Marsden and was the best man at Marsden's wedding in October 2004. The two have also worked together in numerous productions: Boy Meets World (till Marsden's departure from the Series in season 3 and his character Jason Marsden was eventually replaced by Matthew Lawrence's character Jack Hunter starting in season 5), Trojan War, Static Shock, Kim Possible, Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, ThunderCats, Transformers: Rescue Bots and Mad.

He married his girlfriend, Susan Martens, on September 25, 2016, in Connecticut. His affectionate name for her is Mrs Squirrels in reference to his nickname "Plays With Squirrels" that as Eric he acquired in the final season of Boy Meets World.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Trojan War Brad Kimble
1998 My Date with the President's Daughter Duncan Fletcher
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Terry McGinnis/Batman Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release
2003 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers Calvin Menhoffer
2004 The Greatest Short Film Ever!!! Mark Short film
Howl's Moving Castle Additional voices Voice role
2005 Everything You Want Calvin Dillwaller
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Anton, Cultist, Youth No. 1 Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release
2015 Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Nightwing/Dick Grayson Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release[14]
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release[15]
2016 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release[16]
Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release
2018 Batman Ninja Tim Drake/Red Robin English dub
Voice role
Direct-to-DVD release
2021 My Little Pony: A New Generation Comet Tail, Glitter Cupcake, and Skye Silver Voice roles
Netflix original animated film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Don't Just Sit There Host Unknown episodes
1992 Law & Order Russ Episode: "Trust"
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Eric Matthews Series regular (157 episodes)
Young Artist Award (nominated)
1994 The Gift of Love Luke CBS television movie
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Jimmy Armstrong Episode: "The Tale of the Long Ago Locket"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Jason Gallagher Episode: "Educating Mom"
1998 My Date with the President's Daughter Duncan Fletcher
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Jeremy Pinter Episode: "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
H-E Double Hockey Sticks Griffelkin ABC television movie
Odd Man Out Phillip Evans Episode: "Punch Line"
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Terry McGinnis/Batman, additional voices Voice role
52 episodes
2001 The Zeta Project Terry McGinnis/Batman Voice role
Episode: "Shadows"
3rd Rock from the Sun Stan Episode: "Dick Soup for the Soul"
Go Fish Pete Troutner Series regular
2002 All That Himself Season 7, episode 6
2002 The Random Years Alex Series regular
2002–2007 Kim Possible Ron Stoppable Series regular
Voice role
87 episodes
2003 Jack's House Jack Unsold television pilot
Regular Joe Larry Episode: "Time and Punishment"
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Ron Stoppable Voice role
Disney Channel television movie
2003–2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Mackey Macaw Manager, Ron Stoppable Voice roles
Episode: "Phantasmo"
Episode: "Rufus"
2004 Static Shock Terry McGinnis/Batman, Pilot Voice role
Episode: "Future Shock"
Teen Titans Fang, Frozen Promgoer Voice role
Episode: "Date with Destiny"
Less Than Perfect Caleb Episode: "Claude Want to Know"
2004–2005 Justice League Unlimited Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern, Terry McGinnis/Batman II, Redcoat No. 3 Voice roles
Episode: "The Return"
Episode: "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2: Time Warped"
Episode: "Epilogue"
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Ron Stoppable Voice role
Disney Channel television movie
Everything You Want Calvin Dillwaller ABC Family television movie
The Batman Gearhead Voice role
Episode: "RPM"
Credited as Will Friedel
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Cousin Greggy Voice role
Episode: "Feeding Frenzy"
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Ken Tennyson Voice role
Episode: "Max Out"
The Secret Saturdays Doyle Blackwell Voice role
2008 TMNT: Back to the Sewer Splinter Voice role
2009 Turtles Forever Miyamoto Usagi, additional voices Voice role
2008–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle Voice role
2010–2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Randy the Sheep Voice role
2010 Sym-Bionic Titan Bryan, Jason, Student No. 1 Voice role
2011–2012 Thundercats Lion-O/Leo Voice role
Writer (2 episodes)
2011 Mad Lion-LOL, Captain America, Owen Lars Voice role
2012–2013 Winx Club Nereus Voice role
2012 Gravity Falls Reginald Voice role
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Ragnar Voice role
2013–2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Wade Wilson/Deadpool
Web-Beard
Voice role
2013 Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Bumblebee Voice role
Episode: Deadlock
Movie
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Kid Flash Writer (2 episodes)
Voice role
2015–2017 Girl Meets World Eric Matthews Recurring role

Writer (1 episode)

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Bumblebee, additional voices Voice role
Episode

Writer (2 episodes)

2015 Avengers Assemble Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Jeter Kan Toon Voice role[17]
Replaces Chris Cox as Star-Lord in season 2[18][19]
2015 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Peter Quill/Star-Lord Voice role
Replaces Chris Cox in the episode "Planet Monster, Part 2"[20]
2015–2018 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Mason, Eric, Bewildero, Johnny Cobra, Parker, Janitor Voice role
3 episodes
2015–2019 Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill/Star-Lord Voice role
2016–2018 Future-Worm Loboster Boy Voice role
2016 Transformers: Rescue Bots Bumblebee Voice role
Episode: "Uninvited Guest"
2017–2018 Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Officer Reynolds, Additional voices Voice role
2019 Big Hero 6: The Series Ian Voice role
2019–present DC Super Hero Girls Lex Luthor, Aquaman Voice role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Disney's Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist Ron Stoppable
2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Additional voices
2004 Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Willy Gaines
2005 Jade Empire Lu the Prodigy
Advent Rising Gideon Wyeth, Councellor Sevan
Rogue Galaxy Jaster Rogue
Teen Titans Fang
Chicken Little
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Hero/"Kensucky"
Kingdom Hearts II Seifer Almasy
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jamie Reyes/Blue Beetle
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes Rick Jones, Archangel, Nova
2019 Marvel Dimension of Heroes Star-Lord Augmented reality game for mobile devices[21]
2021 DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power Lex Luthor
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2015–2017 Critical Role Kashaw Vesh Special guest on 5 episodes
2017–2019 Painter's Guild Himself Host
2019–present Mini Primetime with Will Friedle
Discography
Year Album Song Notes
2003–2005 Kim Possible The Naked Mole Rap (as Ron Stoppable) Featuring Nancy Cartwright (as Rufus)

Other Appearances[edit]

2020
Show Role Notes
Christy's Kitchen Throwback Himself YouTube

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/worst-ever-podcast-with-christine-and-alaa/id1225846060?mt=2&i=1000410056460 at the 27:53 mark
  2. ^ Phegley, Kiel (January 28, 2009). "The Bravest & Boldest: Will Friedle". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Art-World Movie Shot In State To Be Shown Saturday In New Milford". tribunedigital-thecourant. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Hartford Courant article archive – Friedle-Leary". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Hartford Courant article archive – She Chose to Have Both". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Between the Sheets: Will Friedle (Mon 2/11 at 7pm PST) - criticalrole on Twitch".
  7. ^ Wilkes, Neil (March 4, 2002). "Friedle lands UPN sitcom". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Swift, Andy (December 3, 2014). "Girl Meets World: Eric, Mr. Feeny & More Returning in Season 2 — First Photo". TVLine. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  9. ^ @GMWWriters (December 3, 2014). "Announcement #4: Shawn, Eric and Mr. Feeny will be an important part of season 2. Lives will change. People will grow. People won't" (Tweet). Retrieved August 29, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Friedle, Will [@willfriedle] (December 3, 2014). "There is nothing as important as family. I think it is time I met my niche. #WednesdaywisdomwithMrSquirrels" (Tweet). Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable Make THE NACO!!! – YouTube". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved March 25, 2021. Christy Carlson Romano and Will Friedle have an absolute blast recreating one of Kim Possible’s favorite foods! Christy and Will dish about their time working together on Kim Possible and chat about everything from Boy Meets World, to Even Stevens, to how they’ve recently rejoined forces on Big Hero 6
  12. ^ "Will Friedle". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "Will Friedle – His Life With Mrs Squirrel". The Celeb Times. June 24, 2020. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  14. ^ @SuperPRGuy (March 26, 2015). "Nightwing (@willfriedle) has a kitty issue – Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts. @LauraBaileyVO is Cheetah #BatmanUAA" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Gerding, Stephen (June 2, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE TRAILER DEBUT: Joker Rules in "Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  16. ^ Siegel, Lucas (April 4, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: WB Reveals Next LEGO DC Comics Movie with Announcement Trailer". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  17. ^ "New Frontiers". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 25. September 13, 2015. Disney XD.
  18. ^ "Guardians of the Galaxy 'Assemble' again on TV". USA TODAY. February 19, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  19. ^ "Widow's Run". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 12. February 22, 2015. Disney XD.
  20. ^ "Planet Monster, Part 2". Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 2. Episode 26. June 28, 2015. Disney XD.
  21. ^ "Will Friedle (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved June 12, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)

External links[edit]

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