Dustin Diamond was an American actor, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, musician, and occasional professional wrestler best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers in the Saved by the Bell franchise.
Diamond, the son of Jaimee and Mark Diamond, was born in San Jose, California. His father taught digital electronics for a computer processing firm, while his mother worked for Pacific Bell as a computer operator. Diamond was a Jew who went to Zion Lutheran School.
Diamond started acting like a child. He rose to prominence for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell, which he portrayed for nearly thirteen years, beginning with Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988–89) and ending with Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1994–2000).
Continuing the series into college, Saved by the Bell: The College Years sees the majority of the group moved into not only the same college but also the same college dormitory, where Screech resumed his usual exploits. After one season, The College Years was cancelled.
Appearances after Saved by the Bell
After the end of Saved by the Bell, Diamond resumed doing stand-up comedy and travelled on and off. He also appeared on other game and reality series, including The Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. Diamond also appeared in many films as a cameo, including Made (2001) and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003).
Diamond appeared in the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club in 2007. During his time on the show, he clashed with former American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke, country artist Cledus T. Judd, rapper Da Brat, the show’s presenter Ant, and the trainer, former USMC sergeant Harvey Walden IV. Diamond discussed what may have happened if he had challenged Ant to “physical combat” on one show, and after Harvey Walden defended Ant, Diamond said the same thing to him, causing Walden to lose his fury.
Diamond went on to play “Alumnus Guy #1” in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009), a supporting role in the sports comedy Tetherball: The Movie (2010), and Bernardo, the castle guard, in the partially-animated science fiction comedy Hamlet A.D.D. (2014).
Diamond directed and distributed Screeched – Saved by the Smell, his own celebrity sex tape, in 2006. He first claimed that the recording got out because he and a group of pals had a “monthly gathering” where they shared such tapes, according to Melanie McFarland’s version of a press release. Diamond later admitted in a Where Are They Now? appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Network that he was not on the sex tape and that his looks were pasted by a stunt double.
Behind the Bell
Behind the Bell, a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s cast and staff from Diamond’s perspective was published in 2009. The book portrays an ugly picture of many of Diamond’s coworkers and their alleged shady backstage activities. Some of Diamond’s statements have been refuted by peers and questioned by detractors.
Diamond later remarked on the book’s content in a December 2013 appearance on an Oprah: Where Are They Now? the episode on the OWN Network, claiming that the book was ghostwritten by an author who merely interviewed him and constructed the book from his responses.
He stated that several aspects of the book, including allegations of juvenile sex and drug usage, were made up from minor statements he made during the interviews.
Diamond was also a musician, and he was a member of the alternative metal band Salty The Pocketknife. Diamond performed bass and composed much of the music. Due to internal differences, the band disbanded shortly after finishing their first album. Diamond also served as a commentator on truTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest…
At the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, he served as a host.
Diamond was a housemate on the twelfth series of Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom in August 2013. On Day 16, he became the fourth housemate to be ousted.
Diamond worked as a spokesperson for Insurance King, a Rockford, Illinois-based insurance firm. He makes frequent references to Saved By the Bell in some Insurance King advertisements (with logos in the commercial saying “Saved By the King”). In other commercials, he is seen being pulled over, not worrying about the several fines he already has because he has been “saved by the King!”, being in a Western-style standoff, and being a bad barber.
Professional wrestling career
Diamond was a big fan of pro wrestling. In April 2000, he debuted at Memphis Championship Wrestling in a skit with The Kat, when he was beaten up by Chip Diver, the Fabulous Rocker, and Dannie B.
On September 18, 2002, he appeared on an NWA-TNA weekly pay-per-view called Asylum. Screech, also known as Tiny the Bellkeeper, challenged TNA’s bell keeper, Tiny the Bellkeeper, to a boxing contest. Screech won in 42 seconds by knockout.
Diamond appeared on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which aired on CMT in 2008. On July 22, 2010, Diamond served as a special guest referee for a match between Mistress Devon James and Susan Finkelstein at Celerity Big Bang Wrestling.
Diamond and Jordan McEntrye lost to MsChif, Marion Fontaine, and Krotch in an intergender bout at AAW in Merrionette Park, Illinois on February 11, 2011. On March 17, 2011, he defeated Virgil, Ashley Sixx, Celine Jean, and Sheena at the TWE Rethinking Rumble in Vaughan, Ontario, alongside Bushwhacker Luke, Izzy Slapawitz, and Doink the Clown.
On July 7, 2012, he was defeated in a tag match during the main event of FTW Summer of Synn in Ronkonkoma, New York.
Diamond declared bankruptcy in California in 2001. In 2003, he relocated to Port Washington, Wisconsin. On June 13, 2006, he invited The Howard Stern Show listeners to go to his website and buy a T-shirt that said, “I paid $15.00 to save Screeech’s house” (spelling “Screech” with an extra E for copyright reasons). He stated that he planned to sell 30,000 shirts to raise $250,000 and keep his property from foreclosure. Diamond relocated to Florida in 2018 and listed his Port Washington home for sale the following year.
He purportedly married long-term girlfriend Jennifer Misner in 2009, split in 2013, and later divorced, even though his death certificate shows he never married. They didn’t have any kids.
Diamond was diagnosed with advanced-stage small cell cancer of the lungs in early January 2021. He had one round of treatment in Cape Coral, Florida, but died on February 1, 2021, at the age of 44, from cancer.
|Rеаl Nаmе/Full Nаmе||Dustin Neil Diamond|
|Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd Nаmе||Dustin Diamond|
|Віrth Рlасе||San Jose, California, U.S.|
|Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау||January 7, 1977- February 1, 2021 (Death)|
|Аgе/Ноw Оld||44 уеаrѕ оld|
|Неіght/Ноw Таll||1.83 m|
|Раrеntѕ Nаmе||Fаthеr –Mark Diamond|
Моthеr –Jaimee Diamond
|Рrоfеѕѕіоn||actor, director, stand-up comedian, musician, and |
occasional professional wrestler
|Nеt Wоrth||$300 Thousand|
|Lаѕt Uрdаtеd||Јuly 2021|
Diamond was arrested on December 26, 2014, in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, for possessing a switchblade knife, which he allegedly pulled during a bar dispute in which a guy was stabbed. His fiancée, Amanda Schutz, was found guilty of disorderly behaviour and fined $500.
Dustin was convicted of two crimes on May 29, 2015: carrying a concealed firearm and disorderly conduct. He was acquitted of the most serious allegation, threatening public safety recklessly. He was sentenced to four months in prison on June 25. Dustin was freed on probation after serving three months, but his probation agent later found that he had broken his restrictions, and he was arrested again in May 2016.
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