Where Are They Now: The Cast Of ‘Saved By The Bell’

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Then

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved By The Bell

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Peter Engel, the executive producer of Saved By The Bell, was actually looking for an actor to play on the show’s pre-cursor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss. That show only lasted for 13 episodes, before being completely re-tooled into Saved By The Bell. The central character was to be Zack Morris, but Engel had a bit of a hard time casting the character. Shana Landsburg, Engel’s casting director came across 14-year-old Gosselaar, and Engel was immediately struck by the actor’s good looks and charm. A quick read-through was done, and Gosselaar immediately landed the role of Zack Morris. Engel describes Gosselaar’s character as “would be that incorrigible kid who could lie to your face, letting you know very well that he’s lying, and make you love him for it all the same.”

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