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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 January 1977San Jose, California, USA
Birth NameDustin Neil Diamond
Nicknames Dirty Sanchez
Screech
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the television series The Wonder Years (1988).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (27)

When Dustin was younger, he was a live mannequin for a store.
He likes chess and computers.
Son of Mark Diamond, who also appeared in an episode of Saved by the Bell (1989) in 1989.
Defeated Ron Palillo (Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)) on Fox's Celebrity Boxing 2 (2002).
Noted fan of professional wrestling and he has a side gig as a professional wrestler for an independent promotion in Wisconsin. Has also made televised appearances as a fan on WWE programming.
Has a black belt in karate.
Plays bass in the band Salty the Pocketknife.
Ranked #16 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars
The only Saved by the Bell (1989) cast member with whom he still speaks is Dennis Haskins. The cast disliked Diamond so intensely that not only was he not invited to the photo shoot and cover story that PEOPLE magazine did for the show's 20-year anniversary in 2009, but Diamond's picture was cropped out of an 1989 group photo of the cast; ironically, Haskins was not invited to join the 2009 group either.
His girlfriend Jennifer suffered a miscarriage of their first child in December 2004 due to an ectopic pregnancy. They later created the Dustin Diamond foundation, which supports organizations that specialize in child care.
In the May 2006 issue of Stuff magazine, readers voted Diamond the third most annoying former child actor that they would like to punch in the face.
On BBC Three he was listed in their Top 100 Annoying People List of 2006.
Isolated himself from the rest of the teenage cast of Saved by the Bell (1989).
Started to work as a stand-up comedian after Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993).
He has played the same character (Samuel "Screech" Powers) in five different series: Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), Saved by the Bell (1989), Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993), Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993) and Robot Chicken (2005).
Set up The Dustin Diamond Foundation after the loss of his first child. The foundation helps to support organizations that care for children. [2005]
Release of his book, "Behind the Bell". [September 2009]
Currently lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin. [April 2005]
His first child was miscarried as a result of a ectopic pregnancy. [December 2004]
Performing in Winnipeg at Rumours Comedy Club as a stand up comedian. [August 2004]
Working as a stand-up comedian. [2001]
Trying to sell 30,000 T-shirts at $15-$20 each, by the end of June 2006, in order to save his $250,000 Wisconsin home, that he purchased on contract. [June 2006]
Keeping busy making guest appearances on television, movies and selling out colleges and comedy clubs around the country as a stand up comic.
His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. His mother had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Dustin's maternal grandmother's family has lived in the American South for many generations.
Diamond became a figure of controversy in the mid to late-2000's because of three major events where he came across negatively: an alleged sex tape involving two women, an appearance on the VH1 show "Celebrity Fit Club" where he clashed with the other contestants and the show's hosts, and his 2009 tell-all book "Behind the Bell" where he talked about being mistreated and shunned by the rest of the SBTB cast. Diamond later claimed that none of those events were based in reality, saying that he faked his participation in the sex tape by having an anonymous man provide a "stunt penis" to film it, that he was recruited and scripted to be the VH1 show's villain to help ratings, and that the book was written by a ghostwriter hired by a cut-rate Montreal-based publishing house who took Diamond's non-specific notes and made up fictional accounts to fill out the manuscript.
Diamond was not invited to participate in two fairly high-profile events that reunited the main cast of "Saved by the Bell": a 2009 cover story for "People" magazine on the 20th anniversary of the show's debut on NBC, and a 2015 skit on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" that had Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Theissen, Mario Lopez, and Elizabeth Berkley (along with Dennis Haskins) reprise their characters on the show.
Near the end of 2014, Diamond was arrested after a bar brawl in Wisconsin and charged with felony assault and two misdemeanors stemming from his alleged stabbing of another man. In May 2015, Diamond was acquitted of the felony charge and convicted on both misdemeanors, with a maximum sentence of a year in jail for the combined results. On June 25, 2015, Diamond was sentenced to 4 months in jail and to a post-sentence period of probation.

Personal Quotes (4)

A lot of people do stand-up comedy in hopes of landing a television series. Well, I'm just the opposite. I've already had a TV series and now I'm doing stand-up. If this doesn't work, soon I'll be doing security with Gary Coleman.
I hope people stop remembering me as Screech and remember me as Dustin Diamond. I think my stand-up routine is helping that.
Screech and I have a lot in common. We are both strange, funny, interested in computers, good at chess, and chick magnets.
When all is said and done I'm going to look back on my career . . . and I'm going to be proud of it all.

Salary (1)

Celebrity Fit Club (2005) $120 per episode

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