Dustin Diamond

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Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond.jpg
Diamond on February 26, 2005
BornDustin Neil Diamond
(1977-01-07) January 7, 1977 (age 36)
San Jose, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, musician
Years active1987–present
 
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Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond.jpg
Diamond on February 26, 2005
BornDustin Neil Diamond
(1977-01-07) January 7, 1977 (age 36)
San Jose, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, musician
Years active1987–present

Dustin Neil Diamond (born January 7, 1977)[1] is an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian best known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television shows Saved by the Bell, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Life and career

Diamond was born on January 7, 1977, in San Jose, California. His father taught digital electronics for a computer-processing firm and his mother was a computer operator for Pacific Bell.[2] He attended Zion Lutheran School.[3]

Diamond began acting as a child. He became known for playing nerdy Samuel "Screech" Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell, a role he played for close to thirteen years from its beginning as Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988–89) through its final incarnation, Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1994–2000). Continuing the series into college, Saved by the Bell: The College Years shows most of the cast transplanted into not only the same college, but also the same college dormitory, where Screech continued his typical misadventures. The College Years was canceled after one season. Diamond returned to Bayside High as Principal Belding's assistant in The New Class episodes, remaining with the show until its cancellation.

Sex tape

In 2006, Diamond directed and released his own sex tape Screeched – Saved by the Smell.[4][5][6]

Appearances after Saved by the Bell

Diamond began doing stand up comedy after the end of Saved by the Bell, and has toured on and off ever since. He has also been featured on a number of game and reality shows including The Weakest Link, and Celebrity Boxing 2. Diamond has also made several cameo appearances in films, including appearances in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star in 2003 and in Made in 2001. In 2009, he also played the part of "Alumnus Guy #1" in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. In 2010, he had a supporting role in the sports comedy Tetherball: The Movie. In it Dustin plays the Foul Mouths' down-on-his-luck coach.

Celebrity Fit Club

In 2007 Diamond was a cast member of the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club, during which he came off as aloof and uncooperative as his refusal to alter his dieting habits and aggressiveness toward his castmates caused much conflict. He particularly came into conflict with former American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, country singer Cledus T. Judd, rapper Da Brat, the program's host, Ant, and the program's trainer, former USMC sergeant Harvey Walden IV. Tensions between Diamond and the rest of the celebrities culminated in an open confrontation during which Diamond initially challenged Ant to "physical combat" and subsequently issued the challenge to Harvey Walden after Walden defended Ant.[7]

Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling

Diamond appeared as a contestant on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, broadcast on CMT. A huge fan and supporter of professional wrestling, Diamond was previously involved with Memphis Championship Wrestling in March and April 2000. He has had many wrestling involvements since then as a referee, manager and even a tag team partner.

Behind the Bell

In 2009, Diamond published an inside story of the show's cast and crew, from his point of view, titled Behind the Bell.[8] The book paints an unflattering portrait of many of Diamond's colleagues and their alleged, sordid backstage behavior; some of these claims have been refuted by Diamond's colleagues and questioned by critics.[9] Diamond also alleges, in the book, that he has had sex with 2,000 women, one of them NBC's VP of children's programming, Linda Mancuso, who was 18 years his senior.[10][11]

Other work

He is also a musician and formed his own band called Salty The Pocketknife. Diamond played bass and wrote much of the music as well. Shortly after recording their first album, the band split up due to internal disagreements. Diamond has also appeared on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... as a commentator.

He appeared as a host at the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos.[12]

In August 2013, Diamond became a housemate on the twelfth series of Celebrity Big Brother. However he became the fourth housemate to be evicted on Day 16 losing to Abz Love, Bruce Jones, Courtney Stodden, Lauren Harries, Louie Spence and Vicky Entwistle.

Personal life

On an October 2012 interview, Diamond confirmed that he was married since 2009.[13] He currently resides in Port Washington, Wisconsin.[14]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1987The Price of LifeYoung Stiles
American PlayhouseYoung StilesTV, 1 episode
It's a LivingYoung SonnyTV, 1 episode
Yogi's Great EscapeChubby Kid (Voice)TV, 1 episode
1988Purple People EaterBig Z
1988–1989Good Morning, Miss BlissSamuel "Screech" PowersTV, 13 episodes
1989She's Out of ControlBeach boy
1989–1990The Wonder YearsJoey Harris / Joey LapmanTV, 2 episodes
1989–1993Saved by the BellSamuel "Screech" PowersTV, 82 episodes
1990The Munsters TodayRobTV, 1 episode
1992Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian StyleSamuel "Screech" Powers
1993Getting ByTommyTV, 2 episodes
1993–1994Saved by the Bell: The College YearsSamuel "Screech" PowersTV, 18 episodes
1994Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las VegasSamuel "Screech" PowersCredited as Dusty Diamond
1994–2000Saved by the Bell: The New ClassSamuel "Screech" PowersTV, 67 episodes
2000LongshotWaiter
2001MadeHimself
2002Jane White Is Sick & TwistedSimone
Big Fat LiarHimself
The Rerun ShowDoctorTV, 1 episode
Star DateshimselfTV 1 episode
2003Pauly Shore Is DeadHimself
Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarHimself
2004Tom Goes to the MayorHimself (End Credits)
2005Duck DodgersXainius the EternalTV, 1 episode
13th GradeCorey
2006Screeched: Saved by the Smell[4][5]Himself (also directed)
2008Our Feature PresentationMr. Renolds
2009Porndogs: The Adventures of SadieBuster (voice)[15]
2009American Pie Presents: The Book of LoveAlumnus Guy #1
2010Big Money RustlasMan in Outhouse
2011Tetherball: The MovieCoach McAger
2013Hamlet A.D.D.BernardoPost-production
A Dog for ChristmasFredPost-production
Captured HeartsOliver JaffeFilming
Scavenger KillersAgent DewayneFilming
College Fright NightProfessor DonnelyPre-production
Celebrity Big BrotherHimselfSeries 12 housemate
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the SideHimselfHousemate

References

  1. ^ "Dustin Diamond Biography (1977-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ Behind the Bell, Dustin Diamond, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.vh1.com/shows/celebrity_fit_club/season_5/cast.jhtml
  4. ^ a b http://www.tmz.com/2006/09/27/screech-sex-tape-preview/
  5. ^ a b "Screech hopes sex tape will lift profile". The New Zealand Herald. September 28, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Transcript for September 27". Countdown with Keith Olbermann. MSNBC. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Salamone, Gina (September 19, 2007). "Harvey Walden of 'Celebrity Fit Club' Wants 'No Excuses'". Daily News (New York). 
  8. ^ Diamond, Dustin (2009). Behind the Bell. Transit Publishing, Inc. 
  9. ^ "'Behind The Bell': Dustin Diamond, Screech, Spills Secrets From 'Saved By The Bell' (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 29 September 2009, Updated: 05/25/11 03:10 PM ET. 
  10. ^ Rabin, Nathan (14 June 2011). "Silly Little Show-Biz Book Club Dustin Diamond's Behind The Bell". AV Club. 
  11. ^ Greenspan, Sam (5 January 2012). "11 Most Scandalous Saved by the Bell Revelations in Screech's Autobiography". 11 Points. 
  12. ^ Fats Pepper (presenter), Guy Gorfey (2009-04-11). Weekly Freekly Weekly Special 2011 Gathering Edition (internet news). Detroit, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Riaz Talks With Dustin Diamond - City TV Vancouver (October 2012)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  14. ^ "Milwaukee Journal Sentinal". Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

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