Will Friedle Biography
He’s an actor with over 100 acting credits to his name, however, Will Friedle is perhaps still known best for his role as Eric Matthews in the series “Boy Meets World“, also starring Ben Savage, William Daniel and Rider Strong. Wills’ performance on the show brought him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series in 1995
He’s also well-known for his voice roles, which have brought him numerous accolades and awards.
Early life, family, and education
Born William Allen Friedle under the zodiac sign of Leo on 11 August 1976, in Hartford, Connecticut USA. He holds American nationality and comes from a family of German and Ashkenazi-Jewish descent. Will was raised by his parents Gary Allen and Patricia Joan, in Avon, Connecticut, alongside his two elder brothers, Greg and Gary.
Speaking of his educational background, Will attended Avon High School, and upon matriculating in 1994, there are some rumors that he graduated from Occidental College, a private liberal arts college in Los Angeles, California, however, in one of his interviews, Will confirmed that he hasn’t attended the mentioned university.
Roles in series
Will made his acting debut portraying Billy in an episode of the series “True Blue” in 1990, and two years later, he was seen as Russ in an episode of “Law & Order”.
From 1993 to 2000, Will played his most notable television series role to date, as Eric Matthews in “Boy Meets World”, and was seen in 158 episodes of this comedy drama. It followed the story of an adolescent, who with his two siblings tests his theories about life and growing up alongside good friends; the series had 17 award nominations, and won seven.
The early 2000s saw Will mostly guest starring in various series, including “The Random Years” (2002), “Regular Joe” (2003), and “Less Than Perfect” (2004), then subsequently focused on his voice roles.
Roles in movies
Will made his first movie appearance as Luke in the 1994 drama “The Gift of Love”, followed by his role as Brad Kimble in the 1997 comedy “Trojan War”, which was his big-screen debut.
His next movie role came in the 2003 crime comedy “Gold Diggers”, and this was his first lead role. The movie followed the story of two losers who married two elderly sisters, planning to inherit their fortune, including a Beverly Hills estate. Will starred opposite Chris Owen and Louise Lasser, and the movie had no nominations and was poorly rated.
In the following years, Will was seen in the TV movie “Love Surreal” (2006), followed by his roles in several short films that did not receive any praise.
Will’s first voice role came in 1999, and he was heard as Terry McGinnis/Batman in 52 episodes of the animated series “Batman Beyond” (1999-2001). The series had 14 award nominations and won five.
His voice roles are too numerous to list, so we will highlight some of his most notable. From 2002 until 2007, Will was heard as Ron Stoppable in 86 episodes of the animated series “Kim Possible”, also starring Nancy Cartwright and Christy Carlson Romano. This action adventure animation had 17 award nominations, including for a Primetime Emmy, and won one.
From 2008 to 2010, Will was heard as Doyle in “The Secret Saturdays”, followed by his voicing of Leo in “Thundercats” (2011-2012), which brought him and the rest of the cast a nomination for the Behind the Voice Actors (BTVA) Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Action/Drama.
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One of his most notable voice roles was certainly voicing the character of Bumblebee in “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” – Will was heard in 68 episodes between 2014 and 2017, and he and his co-stars won the BTVA Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series in 2014.
Concurrently, from 2015 until 2019, Will voiced Star-Lord/Peter Quill in 76 episodes of “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and he also had a recurring voice role as Kashaw Vesh in the series “Critical Role” (2015-2022), a weekly show in which professional voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons characters, mostly improvising.
Most recently, Will was heard as Kashaw in “The Legend of Vox Machina”, and he will be heard in the second season of this animated series, which should be released on 20 January 2023.
Love life and wife
There have been various rumors about Will’s sexual orientation and his love life, however, Will’s stated that he’s straight, although he supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.
It is known that back in 1997, he was in a relationship with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, with whom he co-starred in “Trojan War”.
Will hasn’t revealed how and when he met his future wife, Susan Martens, however, it’s known that after a couple of years of dating, the two exchanged their wedding vows on 25 September 2016, in his hometown in Connecticut.
Susan Martens is only known as the wife of this actor and is quite secretive when it comes to her personal matters.
As of January 2023, the two are still married – they don’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
Will is 46 years old. He’s known for his hazel eyes and dark brown hair, and when it comes to his height, he’s 5ft 8ins (1.74m) tall, and weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As mentioned, Will’s had numerous voice roles, and we can say that it seems that these marked his career in some way. According to critics, his film roles didn’t bring him much success, and when it comes to his television series roles, after his portrayal of Eric in “Boy Meets World”, he didn’t manage to repeat the success he had with that role.
However, Will’s managed to earn decent wealth for himself, and according to authoritative sources, as of January 2023, he has a net worth estimated at over $2 million.