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      Dustin Diamond

      Dustin Diamond

      Highest Rated: 75% Jane White Is Sick and Twisted (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 22% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

      Birthday: Jan 7, 1977

      Birthplace: San Jose, California, USA

      As a child star, Dustin Diamond charmed in "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988) and on "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (The Disney Channel, 1988-89), which became the international teen smash "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). Part of the original cast, Diamond played the ultra-nerdy Samuel "Screech" Powers, who provided most of the show's physical and over-the-top comedy. Nominated for three Young Artist Awards, Diamond was a key element of every iteration of the franchise, helping anchor the spin-offs "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC, 1993-94) and "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (NBC, 1993-2000). As an adult, Diamond gamely parodied his teen stardom in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003) before starring in his own pornographic film "Screeched" (2006), and writing a supposedly scandalous "tell-all" Behind the Bell. Although his teen stardom earned him a place in pop cultural immortality, Diamond wore the mantle uneasily at best. Born Jan. 7, 1977 in San Jose, CA, Dustin Neil Diamond notched early success as a child actor, appearing in such kid-friendly fare as the animated "Yogi's Great Escape" (syndicated, 1987), "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988) and "Purple People Eater" (1988) before he landed his biggest role to date on "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (The Disney Channel, 1988-89), which morphed into the teen juggernaut "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). Part of the original cast that also included Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), Diamond played the sweet but socially awkward Samuel "Screech" Powers, who served as the group's resident nerd, complete with bizarre clothing, over-the-top reactions and trademark pre-puberty squeaky voice. Set in an Indianapolis junior high school classroom presided over by the titular Miss Bliss (Hayley Mills), the series did not really catch fire until it was retooled as "Saved by the Bell," with Diamond, Voorhies, Gosselaar and principal Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) transplanted to Bayside High in sunny Southern California and new classmates Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) and A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) added to the mix. While never a critical darling, the charming series became an international phenomenon, turning its young stars into teen idols and becoming a beloved, often-quoted pop cultural touchstone for certain generations. Nominated for three Young Artist Awards, Diamond was a key character in the world of "Bell" who also appeared in the made-for-TV movies "Saved by the Bell Hawaiian Style" (NBC, 1992), "Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas" (NBC, 1994) and earned series regular roles on "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC, 1993-94) and "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (NBC, 1993-2000). After the last "Bell" rang in 2000, Diamond kicked off a stand-up comedy career and lined up a string of small roles that took advantage of his unique stardom and the subsequent instant visual joke ("It's Screech!") in such projects as "Big Fat Liar" (2002), "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003) and the Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau comedy "Made" (2001), which earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Cameo. Diamond made headlines with a series of bizarre moments that included him creating, starring and releasing his own pornographic video "Screeched" (2006), beating Ron Palillo bloody on "Celebrity Boxing 2" (Fox, 2002), and competing on "Celebrity Fit Club" (VH1, 2005-2010). His most notorious stunt, however, was writing 2009's Behind the Bell, which he claimed revealed the show's dark secrets and scandals. So completely had Diamond estranged all of his former castmates that when People magazine did a cover story on a "Bell" reunion, not only did all the actors agree only if Diamond were excluded, but he and Dennis Haskins were also cropped out of a 1989 group photo for the piece. Diamond's star continued to dim in the following years. On Christmas Day 2014, Diamond and his girlfriend Amanda Schulz were involved in a fight in a bar in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, during which Diamond pulled a concealed switchblade on another man. Diamond was convicted in May 2014 of misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon, but acquitted of the more serious felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety. Dustin Diamond died on February 1, 2021 at the age of 44.

      Highest rated movies

      Jane White Is Sick and Twisted

      Photos

      DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, David Spade, Dustin Diamond, Corey Feldman, Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, etc, 2003. (c) Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Staycation Fred (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 20% The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story Executive Producer - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hamlet A.D.D. Bernardo (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 43% Scavenger Killers Agent Dewayne (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Hearts Oliver Jaffe (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 25% All Wifed Out Self - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tetherball: The Movie Coach McAger (Character) - 2010
      22% 46% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Self $22.7M 2003
      75% 36% Jane White Is Sick and Twisted Simone (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 69% Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Samuel "Screech" Powers (Character) - 1994

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling Contestant 2008
      No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2008
      74% No Score Yet The Knights of Prosperity Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rerun Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      10% No Score Yet Off Centre Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saved by the Bell: The New Class Samuel 'Screech' Powers (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1994-2000 2002
      9% 88% Saved by the Bell: The College Years Samuel "Screech" Powers (Character) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet 58% Saved by the Bell Samuel 'Screech' Powers (Character) 1988-1993
      No Score Yet 86% The Wonder Years Joey Lapman (Guest Star) 1989-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Bliss Unknown (Character) 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Little Sonny (Guest Star) 1987