William Alan Friedle (/ˈfrɪdɛl/) (born August 11, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Eric Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000). In animation, he provides the voices of Terry McGinnis / Batman on Batman Beyond (1999–2001), Ron Stoppable on Kim Possible (2002–07), Doyle Blackwell on The Secret Saturdays (2008), Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle on Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–11), Lion-O on the 2011 reboot of ThunderCats (2011–12), Bumblebee in the Transformers franchise (2013–16) and Star-Lord on Guardians of the Galaxy (2015–19) and Kashaw Vesh in The Legend of Vox Machina (2022).
Friedle was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the youngest of three boys of Patricia Joan (née Leary) and Gary Allen Friedle, both lawyers. His older brothers are Gary and Greg Friedle. 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, 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.
After co-hosting Nickelodeon's Don't Just Sit There for three seasons (1988–1991), Friedle was cast as Cory Matthews's 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, and 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.
Friedle voiced Seifer Almasy in the English-language version of the video game Kingdom Hearts II, Gideon Wyeth in the English-language version of the video game Advent Rising, and Jaster Rogue in the English-language 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 sequel series Girl Meets World.
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.
On June 27, 2019, the premiere episode of Christy's Kitchen Throwback featuring Friedle was uploaded to Christy Carlson Romano's YouTube Channel.
Beginning March 4, 2022, Friedle and Romano began co-hosting a podcast called I Hear Voices available on Romano's YouTube channel and other podcast providers. Among the notable guests have included Eric Bauza, Shelby Young, Kevin Conroy, E.G. Daily, Phil LaMarr, Andrea Romano, Jason Marsden (who is also Friedle's real life best friend), Dan Povenmire, and Tara Strong. On June 7, 2022, the 20th anniversary of Kim Possible, the podcast had a special episode with creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley and voice actors John DiMaggio (Drakken) and Nicole Sullivan (Shego), as well as a brand new Kim Possible scene with the four actors written by McCorkle and Schooley and directed by original voice director Lisa Schaffer.
On June 15, 2022, Friedle voiced the character Radiant Black in a promotional short for the comic's fifteenth issue. The short can be viewed on the official Black Market Narrative YouTube channel.
In 1997, Friedle dated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, and co-starred with her in the romantic teen comedy Trojan War. Hewitt made a guest appearance as Jennifer Love "Feffy" Fefferman in the 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 (until 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, referencing Eric's nickname "Plays With Squirrels" from the final season of Boy Meets World.
|1997||Trojan War||Brad Kimble|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Terry McGinnis / Batman||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2003||National Lampoon's Gold Diggers||Calvin Menhoffer|
|2004||Howl's Moving Castle||Additional Voices||English dub|
|2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||Anton, Cultist, Youth #1||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2015||Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts||Nightwing||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem|
|2016||Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout|
|Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants|
|2017||The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!||Mayor Mercury|
|2018||Batman Ninja||Red Robin, Laughing Mask Samurai B||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2019||Lego DC Batman: Family Matters||Nightwing||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2021||My Little Pony: A New Generation||Skye Silver, Glitter Cupcake, Comet Tail, Commercial VO||Voice|
|2022||Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse||Aquaman, Lex Luthor||Voice, direct-to-video|
|1990||True Blue||Billy||Episode: "Caves"|
|1992||Law & Order||Russ||Episode: "Trust"|
|1993–2000||Boy Meets World||Eric Matthews||158 episodes|
|1994||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||Television film|
|1999||H-E Double Hockey Sticks||Griffelkin|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Jeremy Pinter||Episode: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"|
|Odd Man Out||Phillip Evans||Episode: "Punch Line"|
|1999–2001||Batman Beyond||Terry McGinnis / Batman||Voice, main role|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Voice, episode: "Shadows"|
|3rd Rock from the Sun||Stan||Episode: "Dick Soup for the Soul"|
|Go Fish||Pete Troutner||5 episodes|
|2002||The Random Years||Alex||Episode: "Corrupting Jacob"|
|2002–07||Kim Possible||Ron Stoppable, Jonathan Stoppable||Voice, main role|
|2003||Regular Joe||Larry||Episode: "Time and Punishment"|
|Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time||Ron Stoppable||Voice, television film|
|2003, 2005||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Ron Stoppable, Mackey Macaw Manager||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2004||Static Shock||Terry McGinnis / Batman, Pilot||Voice, episode: "Future Shock"|
|Teen Titans||Fang, Frozen Promgoer||Voice, episode: "Date with Destiny"|
|Less Than Perfect||Caleb||Episode: "Claude Wants to Know"|
|2004–05||Justice League Unlimited||Kyle Rayner / Green Lantern, Terry McGinnis / Batman||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2005||Kim Possible: So the Drama||Ron Stoppable||Voice, television film|
|Everything You Want||Calvin Dillwaller||Television film|
|The Batman||Gearhead||Voice, episode: "RPM"|
|2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Cousin Greggy||Voice, episode: "Feeding Frenzy"|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Ken Tennyson, Shem||Voice, episode: "Max Out"|
|2008–10||The Secret Saturdays||Doyle Blackwell||Voice, 16 episodes|
|2008–11||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle||Voice, 15 episodes|
|2010–11||Sym-Bionic Titan||Bryan, Jason, Student #1||Voice, 4 episodes|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Randy||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2011–12||ThunderCats||Lion-O||Voice, 24 episodes|
|2011–13||Mad||Various||Voice, 10 episodes|
|2012||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Prince Ragnar||Voice, 2 episodes|
|Gravity Falls||Reginald||Voice, episode: "The Legend of the Gobblewonker"|
|2012–13||Winx Club||Nereus||Voice, 9 episodes; Nickelodeon dub|
|2013||Transformers: Prime||Bumblebee||Voice, episode: "Deadlock"|
|Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising||Voice, television film|
|Monsters vs. Aliens||Man-Beast, Patron||Voice, episode: "Curse of the Man-Beast"|
|2013, 2016||Ultimate Spider-Man||Deadpool, Web Beard, Video Game Voice||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2014||Turbo Fast||Fusion||Voice, episode: "Curse of the Cicadas/Beat-A Fajita"|
|2014–17||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Bumblebee, Butch||Voice, 68 episodes|
|2015||Avengers Assemble||Star-Lord, Jeter Kan Toon||Voice, 3 episodes; replacing Chris Cox|
|Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Star-Lord||Voice, episode: "Planet Monster"|
|2015–17||Girl Meets World||Eric Matthews||4 episodes|
|2015–19||Guardians of the Galaxy||Star-Lord||Voice, main role|
|Teen Titans Go!||Kid Flash||Voice, 7 episodes|
|2016||Transformers: Rescue Bots||Bumblebee||Voice, episode: "Uninvited Guest"|
|2016–17||Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!||Various||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2016–18||Future-Worm!||Lobster Boy||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2017–18||Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters||Officer Reynolds||Voice, 7 episodes|
|2018||Hollywood Darlings||Will||Episode: "Y2K"|
|Bunnicula||Captain Science Magic Love||Voice, episode: "Flunicula"|
|2019–21||DC Super Hero Girls||Lex Luthor, Aiden, Aquaman, Truant Officer||Voice, 7 episodes|
|2020||Spider-Man||Star-Lord, Scientist #1, A.I.M. Agent #1||Voice, episode: "Amazing Friends"|
|2022||Robot Chicken||Lance, Nightwing, Pointy-Haired Boss||Voice, episode: "May Cause a Squeakquel"|
|2023||The Legend of Vox Machina||Kashaw Vesh||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Additional voices|
|2004||Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault||Willy Gaines|
|2005||Jade Empire||Lu the Prodigy, additional voices|
|Advent Rising||Gideon Wyeth, Councellor Sevan|
|Rogue Galaxy||Jaster Rogue|
|Tony Hawk's American Wasteland||Hero / "Kensucky"|
|Chicken Little||Additional voices|
|Kingdom Hearts II||Seifer|
|2009||The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun||Doyle Blackwell|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame||Blue Beetle|
|2013||Lego Marvel Super Heroes||Archangel, Nova, Rick Jones|
|2014||Final Fantasy Explorers||Additional Voices|
|2019||Marvel Dimension of Heroes||Star-Lord|
|2015–present||Critical Role||Kashaw Vesh||8 episodes|