Dustin Diamond was a celebrity comedian. He was a former child actor in the sitcom Saved By the Bell. This TV show of the 90s gave him massive popularity. His character “Screech”, a sweet and friendly young boy won the hearts of everyone. Sadly, this comedy star couldn’t survive cancer and passed away in February 2023. Continue reading to know about many interesting facts about him.
About Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond was an actor, producer, and stand-up comedian who also used to do live tours making audiences laugh like anything. He was a comedy king. Saved By the Bell was the peak of his two-decade-long career.
Though he got some major roles later in life, none of them could match the fame he got from the 90s sitcom. He had also appeared in reality TV shows like Celebrity Fit Club and the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother.
His untimely death at the age of 44, was as shocking as it was sad. The fans lost this star to 4th stage carcinoma. He was only diagnosed with cancer in January but lost the battle after fighting it with all his power and humor.
Early Life And Family
His full name is Dustin Neil Diamond. He was born on 7th January 1977 in California, USA. His parents were Jaimee and Mark Diamond. He attended Zion Lutheran School, Anaheim, California. Dustin’s dad used to teach at a computer firm and his mother was a computer operator at a company.
While he was only eleven, a fifth-grader, he got to perform in Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987) which was later redefined and named Saved By the Bell (1989). In 2009, he tied the wedding knot with his second girlfriend Jennifer Misner. After a decade of being together, they separated in 2013. Amanda Schutz was his last girlfriend whom he dated from 2014 until he died.
His Career And Major Milestones
Sitcoms It’s a Living and The Wonder Years were his earliest shows. Then his role of Samuel Powers, “Screech” in the Saved By the Bell franchise made him a household name and won the hearts of many. This NBC show, which aired in 1989, featured Screech as a geeky kid who is friends with the most popular in the school.
With its first episode in 1989, the show was a major hit. Dustin kept on starring in the Saved by the Bell franchise for thirteen years. As an adult, he also played roles in movies like American Pie Presents: The Book of Love and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, as well Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. Based on his experiences with the show Sacred by the Bell, he also published a book titled Behind the Bell.
A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Dustin Diamond
- He is a Jew by religion.
- Because he criticized his fellow cast in his book Behind the Bell, he was kept out of the reunion of the show actors which took place in 2014.
- He also has a criminal history with his landing in jail for carrying illegal weapons and running into fights with other people publicly on a few occasions.
- He is also a trained karate professional and owns a black belt as well.
Before he passed away, his net worth was around $1 million. Most of his wealth came from Saved by the Bell and his other films. His comedy tours and live shows also contributed enough.