Produced on January 7, 1977, Dustin Diamond became a well-known child performer along with his character as Screech on the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. Screech also starred in the show’ spinoffs and TV movies.
In the late ’80s, screech appeared in the family film Purple People Eaters, the zany Big Top Pee Wee as well as the teen movie she is Out of Control. Screech also had guest spots on the TV series The Wonder Years plus it is a Dwelling.
In 1988, Diamond started playing the part of Screech on the Disney Channel’s Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which starred Hayley Mills as a middle school teacher. Taking place at Bayside High, the show became a favorite part of NBC’s Saturday morning child’s lineup and occasionally emphasized serious fare using its frothy storylines. The perennially on-another-planet Screech was popular for his oddball, serious antics.
Even after its cancellation, Bell developed a sizable fan following, going in syndication on TBS for a long time. Diamond starred in various Bell TV pictures as well as a primetime 1993 spinoff, Saved by the Bell: the College Years, which ran for just one season. Saved by the Bell was followed with a daytime spinoff also, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, where Diamond reappeared as Screech, now a college student working within the school’s administrative staff. The show ran for seven seasons.
Diamond also appeared on numerous TV shows like Star Boxing, The Weakest Link and Hollywood Squares, and worked as a stand-up comedian.
In 2006, Diamond made news as parts of a sex video featuring the performer with two girls were leaked onto the web to much media interest. Initially openly protesting the clip, Diamond later signed a deal using its vendor to take a cut of the gains. The video was formally released using a rather alarming name. Later allegations surfaced in the agent of the deal that Diamond had meant for the clip to be published all along, and that he could have used a body double.
Diamond was known for his on air debates with fellow cast members and explosive character.
In 2009, Diamond released a tell all memoir called Behind the Bell by Transit Publishing, focusing on his encounters on the set of his youth success. Former cast teammates distanced themselves from Diamond, and he was clearly absent in a Saved by the Bell reunion narrative for People magazine. Years later, in September 2012, Diamond was named in court records as having supposedly received a big amount of cash in loans from a Ponzi scheme.
In December 2014, Diamond was arrested in Wisconsin for allegedly stabbing a man in a fight in a pub. As stated by the police, the performer was charged with recklessly endangering security, carrying a hidden weapon and disorderly conduct. The wounds the guy Diamond supposedly stabbed weren’t life threatening.