Dustin Diamond useless: ‘Saved by the Bell’ actor was 44

Dustin Diamond dead: 'Saved by the Bell' actor was 44

Dustin Diamond, the previous youngster star who most notably performed curly-haired geek Samuel “Screech” Powers on NBC’s healthful 1990s sitcom “Saved by the Bell” after which grew to become notorious for a lot of post-show scandals, has died. He was 44.

Diamond, who revealed on Jan. 14 that he had Stage four most cancers, died in a Florida hospital Monday morning as preparations had been being made to maneuver him to hospice care, his expertise agent, Roger Paul, informed The Occasions. Diamond had small-cell carcinoma that metastasized in his lungs after originating elsewhere in his physique.

As Screech, Diamond embodied the last word yes-man sidekick who executed preppy Zack Morris’ most harebrained concepts. Every week, the oddball character would enhance or subvert Zack’s schemes together with his scientific know-how, all whereas pining over the pal group’s rich fashionista, Lisa Turtle, performed by Lark Voorhies. (He by no means did win her coronary heart however got here shut a couple of instances.)

The San Jose native was a fifth-grader when he was solid and debuted on the sequence when it was nonetheless airing as “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” a precursor to the high-school comedy that aired on the Disney Channel after NBC handed on the sequence. It starred Hayley Mills because the titular Miss Bliss and “Saved by the Bell’s” Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dennis Haskins and Voorhies. Nineties’ TV stars Jaleel White of “Family Matters” and Brian Austin Inexperienced of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ additionally appeared in a few of the present’s 14 episodes.

After sagging rankings, NBC relaunched the Indiana-set present in 1989 because the multicamera teen sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” shifting the main target from Mills’ middle-school trainer to a gaggle of six archetypal college students at California’s fictional Bayside Excessive. Mario Lopez’s delicate jock A.C. Slater, Elizabeth Berkley‘s bright feminist Jessie Spano and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen‘s girl-next-door cheerleader Kelly Kapowski joined Diamond’s Screech, Gosselaar’s Zack and Voorhies’ Lisa.

The comedy aired Saturday mornings on NBC by way of 1993. It was poorly obtained by critics however grew a faithful millennial fan base and in the end spawned the prime-time sequels “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” (together with two TV motion pictures and varied stunt reunions, to the delight of its cult following). Diamond continued for a yr with “The College Years” earlier than shifting on to “The New Class,” which debuted in 1993 and ran by way of 2000.

In 2020, NBC once more revived the cultural touchstone as a postmodernist, self-aware sequence for its fledgling streaming service Peacock. The principal actors returned in substantial roles — apart from Diamond. (Screech was briefly talked about within the sequence, and Voorhies made solely a cameo).

After the present’s unique run and sequels went off the air, Diamond rapidly shook off his character’s squeaky-clean picture and started making headlines for extra lurid escapades, together with a 2006 intercourse tape titled “Screeched” and a Wisconsin bar combat for which he was jailed.

“The hardest thing about being a child star is giving up your childhood,” the actor stated in 2013 on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” “You don’t get a childhood, really. You’re a professional and you got to know your lines and rehearse and practice. It was making sure that you were the funniest and the best that you can be because if you weren’t funny, you could be replaced.”

Born on Jan. 7, 1977, Diamond was 23 when the sequence ended and stated he had been working each week for 10 years.

“I felt lost. As I mature, I realize, wow, I was kind of going through my rebellious teens in my 20s,” he informed Oprah Winfrey.

He additionally stated the intercourse tape he made when he was 29 was one of many issues he was “most embarrassed about.” He stated he agreed to do it solely when he realized that resort heiress Paris Hilton reportedly made $14 million from her illicit video. He famous that it was solely his face within the video and never his physique. He claimed he used a stunt individual for it.

“Looking back now in my 30s, I realize that was really dumb,” he stated, explaining that though he made some cash from the tape, it “wasn’t worth what the fallout was.”

“People to this day look down on me. There’s a lot of people [who think] ‘how disgusting of you’ — and I didn’t really do it,” he stated.

Additionally in 2006, the actor launched into a viral marketing campaign to save lots of his Port Washington, Wisc., residence from foreclosures. To complement his meager revenue as a stand-up comedian, Diamond tried promoting some 30,000 autographed T-shirts that learn “I paid $15.00 to save Screeech’s house.” (The extra “e” within the character’s identify was to work round copyright legal guidelines).

Dustin Diamond in 2013

Dustin Diamond is proven after his Sept. 6, 2013, eviction from “Celebrity Big Brother.”

(Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Pictures)

One other fallout ensued when he launched the 2009 tell-all e book “Behind the Bell,” recounting his experiences engaged on the beloved present. It was one other disappointment for the actor. The primary-time creator used a ghostwriter, whom he believed used his throwaway tales for extra scandalous narratives, together with allegations of a solid orgy that he later needed to dispel.

The sequence was additionally dragged by way of the mud in a 2014 Lifetime film, “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” whose teleplay was based mostly partially on Diamond’s memoir and didn’t contain every other unique solid members. It obtained a equally destructive reception on social media and a public lashing from Gosselaar, who continued to search out TV success, amongst others.

Diamond was arrested in 2014 and confronted felony and misdemeanor expenses for stabbing a person. Although he pleaded not responsible and testified that he by no means supposed to stab anybody within the Christmas Day brawl, he was convicted for the 2 misdemeanors and sentenced to 4 months in jail in 2015. Diamond stated he was making an attempt to scare bar patrons in Port Washington after his girlfriend was punched within the face.

The stand-up comedian made a later profession of enjoying himself or his “Bell” persona in quite a few tasks. A few of his eclectic titles included the academic 2001 documentary “Dustin Diamond Teaches Chess,” a cameo within the 98 Levels music video for “I Do (Cherish You)” and a number of other TV motion pictures. He additionally appeared as himself within the contentious 2007-08 season of “Celebrity Fit Club” and a 2013 run of “Celebrity Big Brother.”

Diamond was an expert wrestling fan, avid gamer and performed bass within the different metallic band Salty the Pocketknife.

“I’ve been involved with music for about 22 years, I just never pushed it,” he stated in a 2004 Chaos Management interview. “I started learning classical guitar from my dad and moved to electric guitar. In 1994, I picked up the bass and never turned back. … I’m a performer, and I’m most comfortable on stage.”

Any laborious emotions between him and some of his former classmates had been seemingly put to relaxation in 2021 when the actor was hospitalized for Stage four most cancers and was receiving chemotherapy. Lopez and Thiessen wished him effectively on social media after information of his analysis.

Diamond is survived by his mom, girlfriend and “very loving friends,” his agent stated.

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