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Dustin Diamond biography: 13 things about Jewish actor born in San Jose, California

Dustin Neil Diamond was a white man born in San Jose, California, United States. As an actor, he was best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers in the television series “Saved by the Bell,” which ran on NBC for four seasons from 1989 to 1993.

As a musician, Diamond played bass for an alternative metal band called Salty The Pocketknife. He was 5’11” and a black belt in karate.

Diamond was Jewish. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. His father Mark Diamond, who is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, taught digital electronics for a computer-processing firm. His mother, who is of English, Irish, Scottish, German and Cherokee Native American descent, was a computer operator for Pacific Bell in California. (a)
  2. He made his acting debut in 1987. He voiced a chubby kid in the TV movie “Yogi’s Great Escape” and played little Sonny in “It’s a Living” Season 5 episode 10 “The Sonny’s Mother Show,” which aired on November 28, 1987.  (a)
  3. He went to Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. He was in fifth grade when he played eighth grader Samuel “Screech” Powers in “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” in 1987, which became “Saved by the Bell” in 1989. He went on to play the character in “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” in 1993 and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” in 1993, “Hang Time” in 1995 and “Robot Chicken” in 2005. (a)
  4. In 2001, he started working as a stand-up comedian. In August 2004, he performed at Rumours Comedy Club in Winnipeg, Canada. (a)
  5. He appeared in several reality shows including “Celebrity Boxing 2” in 2002, “Celebrity Fit Club” from 2007 to 2008, “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling” in 2008 and “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2013.
  6. In December 2004, his then Jennifer Misner suffered a miscarriage of their first child due to an ectopic pregnancy. In 2009, he married Misner. They separated in 2013. (b)
  7. In 2005, he set up The Dustin Diamond Foundation, which helps to support organizations that care for children.
  8. In 2006, he appeared in a sex tape titled “Screeched- Saved by the Smell.” In 2013, he told Oprah Winfrey that he was embarrassed by the tape and the paycheck “wasn’t worth what the fallout was.” (b)
  9. In September 2009, he released his book “Behind the Bell.” He made a special appearance in “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love,” which was released on December 22, 2009. (a)
  10. In 2014, he was arrested for stabbing a man during a bar fight. In 2015, he served three months in prison. In 2016, he was arrested for violating the terms of his probation. (b)
  11. He starred in two films in 2015 namely “Bleeding Hearts” and “A Dog for Christmas” and in one film in 2016 titled “Joker’s Wild.” He appeared as himself in “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” Season 3 episode 11 “Snow Job,” which aired on April 30, 2017.
  12. He played a music teacher in the short film “Catching Up,” which was released on February 5, 2020. (a)
  13. His representative Roger Paul confirmed his stage 4 small cell carcinoma diagnosis on January 14, 2021 and his first round of chemotherapy on January 21, 2021. He was hospitalized in Florida, USA. On the morning of February  1, 2021, he died due to carcinoma in a hospital in Florida. He was 44. (b) (c) (d)

 

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