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

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Dustin Diamond: Then

Dustin Diamond, Saved By The Bell

Image: Facebook / 1920-1989 stuff

Dustin Diamond began acting as a child. But he almost wasn’t cast as the iconic geeky Samuel “Screech” Powers. Mark-Paul Gosselaar was told to read through lines with a number of “Screech” hopefuls. However, it was Dustin Diamond that Gosselaar believed epitomized “Screech” in real life. But, producer Peter Engel, who had misread Diamond’s headshot, had only learned after he signed Diamond onto the show that he was considerably younger than Engel had thought. This would have prevented him from becoming the “Screech” we all know and love. Diamond went on to star in the Saved By The Bell sequels up until their cancellations.

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