Dustin Diamond was an American actor, musician, director and stand-up comedian who rose into the spotlight for his portraying the character Samuel “Screech” Powers in the Saved by the Bell franchise.
Dustin Diamond Biography
Dustin Neil Diamond was born on January 7, 1977, in San Jose, California, the United States of America. He was the son of Jaimee and Mark Diamond.
Dustin Diamond’s father was a teacher. He taught digital electronics for a computer processing company while his mother Jaimee worked as a computer operator for Pacific Bell.
Diamond was of Jewish origins. Talking about his educational background, he went to Zion Lutheran School. He started out his acting career as a child. He gained prominence in the media after his exceptional performance as Samuel “Screech” Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell.
Dustin Diamond has played the role of Samuel “Screech” Powers for almost thirteen years from 1988 through to 2000. He started out with Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988–89), Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1994–2000) as well as Saved by the Bell: The College Years.
Dustin Diamond has also appeared on the shows, The Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2, Made (2001) and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003). He made an appearance on the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club in 2007.
Dustin Diamond also appeared in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009), Tetherball: The Movie (2010), as well as Hamlet A.D.D. (2014). He served as a host at the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos and was a housemate on the twelfth series of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK in 2013.
Aside from acting, Dustin Diamond was also a musician. He is the founder of Salty The Pocketknife, an alternative metal band. He also served as a spokesperson for the insurance company Insurance King in Rockford, Illinois. He published a book titled Behind the Bell in 2009.
Dustin Diamond got diagnosed with extensive stage four small cell carcinoma of the lungs in early January 2021. He passed away on February 1, 2021, from lung cancer at the age of 44.
Dustin Diamond Wife
Dustin Diamond was not a married man at the time of his death. He reportedly tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Misner in 2009. However, the couple split in 2013 and later divorced.
Dustin Diamond Net Worth
Dustin Diamond made quite a fortune when he was alive, however, his funds are lower than what you would actually expect.
Dustin Diamond had an overall net worth of $300 thousand dollars at the time of his death. He has been able to amass his wealth from his successful career as an actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian.