Résumé Builder: Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond from Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell (Screen: Netflix / NBC)

Samuel “Screech” Powers was the longest-lasting character on Saved by the Bell, appearing on all versions of the show. Here’s what Dustin Diamond has been up to since the show ended.


Dustin Diamond played Samuel “Screech” Powers, the geeky sidekick to Zack Morris (and later Mr. Belding) on Saved by the Bell, including the College Years and the New Class.


Diamond’s run on the show traces back to the original Good Morning, Miss Bliss in 1988. Saved by the Bell replaced the show from 1989-93, with Zack, Screech, Lisa, and Mr. Belding being the only characters that carried over. Following SBTB’s run, the cast got ready for primetime with the spinoff Saved by the Bell: The College Years. The show only lasted a season, so when it wrapped Diamond moved over to Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which lasted until 2000. It’s pretty rare for a character to exist for 12 years, let alone across four different series.

Recent Experience

Diamond has had the most controversial career of the original cast. After some bit roles in low budget, grossout comedies, he released a sex tape in 2006. The following year, Diamond appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and he was not there to make friends, y’all. He even challenged host Ant and trainer Harvey Walden to physical combat. It was kind of a mess.

Other Roles

Outside of acting, Diamond was bass player for the band Salty the Pocketknife. This may have led to him hosting the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos. Work is work.

Special Skills

As an author, Diamond wrote the book Behind the Bell which was his tell-all memoir about working on Saved by the Bell. This was part of the source material for the Lifetime movie we will be enjoying next week.



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  • Aaron Mucciolo

    You left out the instructional videos for, IIRC, chess and martial arts, though not at the same time.