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Dustin Diamond          

Actor & Comedian, Known for his role as Screech on "Saved by the Bell"

Born on January 7, 1977 in San Jose, California, Dustin Diamond entered the world of acting as a child. In the late '80s, he appeared in the family film Purple People Eaters, the zany Big Top Pee Wee and the teen movie She's Out of Control.

In 1988, Diamond began playing the role of Screech on the Disney Channel's Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which starred Hayley Mills as a middle-school teacher. After the series was cancelled, a few of the characters, including Screech, were transplanted to high school in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, co-starring Elizabeth Berkley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Lark Voorhies. Taking place at Bayside High, the series became a popular component of NBC's Saturday morning kid's lineup and sometimes highlighted serious fare with its frothy storylines. The perennially on-another-planet Screech was popular for his oddball, earnest antics.

Even after its cancellation, Bell developed a large fan following, going in syndication on TBS for many years. Diamond starred in various Bell TV movies and a primetime 1993 spinoff, Saved by the Bell: the College Years, which ran for only one season. Saved by the Bell was followed by a daytime spinoff as well, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, in which Diamond reappeared as Screech, now a college student working as part of the school's administrative staff. The show ran for seven seasons.

Post-"Bell," Diamond put out a 2001 instructional video, "Dustin Diamond Teaches Chess," and flexed his musical muscles by playing bass with the alternative metal group Salty the Pocketknife, appearing on their 2003 self-titled debut. He also appeared on a number of TV shows like "Celebrity Boxing," "The Weakest Link" and "Hollywood Squares," and worked as a stand-up comedian.

In 2007, Diamond appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Fit Club, a VH1 reality program where various media personalities vied to lose weight in a contest format. In 2013, he was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.

In 2009, Diamond published a tell-all memoir called Behind the Bell by Transit Publishing, focusing on his experiences on the set of his childhood hit.

Diamond still performs standup comedy.

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