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Overview (5)

Born in San Jose, California, USA
Died in Cape Coral, Florida, USA  (Stage 4 small cell carcinoma)
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).

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Family (2)

Spouse Jennifer Misner (2009 - 2013)  (divorced)
Parents Mark Diamond

Trivia (25)

When Dustin was younger, he was a live mannequin for a store.
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).
A fan of professional wrestling, he had a side gig as a professional wrestler for an independent promotion in Wisconsin. Also made televised appearances as a fan on WWE programming.
Had a black belt in karate.
Played bass in the band Salty the Pocketknife.
Ranked #16 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars
His girlfriend Jennifer suffered an ectopic pregnancy in December 2004. 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).
Played the same character (Samuel "Screech" Powers) in six 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), Hang Time (1995) 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]
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]
Kept 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, Scottish, German, and a small amount of (verified) Cherokee Native American, 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 2000s 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. Dustin Diamond later stated that he did not want to participate in the Saved By The Bell reunions.
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.
Diagnosed with Stage IV Small Cell Carcinoma [January 2021]. Reportedly, Diamond had not felt well for a while and was convinced to seek medical attention when he developed a large lump on his neck, which led to his diagnosis. While the type of cancer Diamond had is rarely seen in non-smokers (like Diamond). He speculated he might have gotten sick from years of staying in cheap motels with bad air or mold conditions while working as a stand-up comedian.
Lost his battle with small cell carcinoma on February 1, 2021, at the age of 44. Diamond specifically outlined his post-mortem wishes that he wanted neither a public funeral nor a burial. He was cremated and his remains given to his father and his longtime girlfriend.

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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