Published On: Jul 18 2011 01:10:06 PM CDTUpdated On: Jan 07 2016 01:00:00 AM CST
With Dustin "Screech" Diamond celebrating his 39th birthday on Thursday, what better time to check in with him and his "Saved by the Bell" co-stars?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar played Zachary "Zack" Morris, the camera-addressing, scheming protagonist of most episodes.
Gosselaar starred in the TNT drama "Franklin and Bash" from 2011 to 2014 and previously starred in the network's legal drama "Raising the Bar." He has also appeared on several other shows since "Saved by the Bell," including "Hyperion Bay," "D.C.," "NYPD Blue," "Commander in Chief" and "CSI."
Dustin Diamond played Samuel "Screech" Powers, Zack's nerdy best friend.
Diamond most recently has had roles in the 2013 low-budget movies "Captured Hearts" and "Scavenger Killers." Diamond, who also played Screech in the "Saved by the Bell" spinoffs "The College Years" (1993-94) and "The New Class" (1994-2000), has also been frequently featured on such reality shows as "Celebrity Fit Club" and "Celebrity Boxing 2." In 2013, he appeared as a contestant on the British reality TV competition "Celebrity Big Brother." Seen here in court with his girlfriend Amanda Schutz in December 2014, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail on June 25, 2015, for his role in a Wisconsin bar fight in which a man was stabbed. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on Jan. 15, 2016.
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played cheerleader Kelly Kapowski, Zack's dream girl.
Thiessen, who in 2000 dropped the hyphenated Amber from her first name to be billed professionally as simply Tiffani Thiessen, joined the cast of the hit teen drama "Beverly Hills, 90210" after "Saved by the Bell" ended. After "90210" ended in 2000, she went on to appear in TV shows like "Just Shoot Me," "Fastlane," "Good Morning, Miami," and "What About Brian?" From 2009 to 2014 she starred on the USA Network dramatic series "White Collar." She recently launched her own Cooking Channel series, "Dinner at Tiffani's," which saw her preparing dinner with a different group of celebrity friends each episode.
Mario Lopez played jock Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater, who didn't always see eye-to-eye with Zack, or, as he liked to call him, "Preppy."
Lopez is the co-host of the TV magazine show "Extra" and most recently appeared in cameo roles as himself in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek" and the TV drama "Drop Dead Diva," and voiced Social Smurf in "The Smurfs 2." In 2010-11, he starred with then-girlfriend (and current wife) Courtney Mazza in the reality TV series "Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby." Before that, he competed on "Dancing With the Stars" (finishing in second place in 2006) and had a starring role in the daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful." He's also hosted a variety of shows, including "America's Best Dance Crew," "MTV's Top Pop Group," the U.S. version of "The X Factor," "Pet Stars" and "The Miss Teen USA Pageant," and guest-starred on the F/X drama "Nip/Tuck" on eight episodes from 2006-2010.
Elizabeth Berkley played the straight-laced, brainy Jessica "Jessie" Mrytle Spano.
Berkley starred in the "Donnie Darko" sequel "S. Darko" and appeared in the TV dramas "CSI: Miami" and "The L Word." Berkley also starred as stripper Nomi Malone in the critically-maligned drama "Showgirls" in 1995. In 2013, she appeared as a contestant on the 17th season of "Dancing with the Stars," finishing in sixth place with her professional dancer partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. She also made a cameo in a 2014 episode of the sitcom "Melissa & Joey" alongside fellow 1990s teen stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.
Lark Voorhies played Lisa Turtle, the fashion-crazed girl who was also the unwanted object of Screech's affections.
In the spring of 2012, Voorhies appeared looking quite different in heavy makeup and dyed red hair on the Yahoo! web series "The Yo Show" (pictured). She again made headlines recently when she married a man she met on Facebook in a quickie Las Vegas wedding in April 2015, only to file for divorce six months later. When it comes to actually acting, she most recently teamed up with Dustin Diamond to star in the direct-to-video horror-comedy "Little Creeps." Prior to that, Voorhies appeared in such shows as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Family Matters" and on the daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful." She's also had small parts in movies like "How High," "How to Be a Player" and "The Next Hit."
Dennis Haskins played everybody's favorite principal, Mr. Belding.
Haskins most recently has had cameos in the TV shows "Mad Men," "New Girl," "Jennifer Falls," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Victorious," for which he reprised the role of Mr. Belding, and in Seth MacFarlane's 2014 western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West." He's also recently appeared in the low-budget movies "Emerald Acres," "Just an American" and "Chapman," and had a recurring role on the TNT television drama "Men of a Certain Age." In 2009, he released the album "Karaoke With Your Favorite Principal," which includes covers of "California Dreamin'," "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Piano Man." Haskins starred in the "Saved by the Bell" spin-offs "The College Years" and "The New Class," and has also had guest roles over the years on such shows as "The West Wing," "JAG," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Stage magician and comedian Ed Alonzo appeared in early episodes of "Saved by the Bell" as Max, the owner of the The Max, a favorite hangout of the gang. The role allowed Alonzo to show off his quirky humor and magic tricks, but he was eventually written off the show, with The Max coming under new ownership.
Alonzo is seen here in 2013 performing his magic act at Kings Island theme park near Cincinnati, Ohio. He's had cameos on several other TV series since "Saved by the Bell," including "Murphy Brown," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Modern Family," but has mostly focused on magic. He has worked to create illusions for concerts for singers such as Michael Jackson and Britney Spears and continues to perform regularly at amusement parks and other venues.
"Saved by the Bell" had many guest stars over its five season run, including Tori Spelling -- who played Violet Anne Bickerstaff for two episodes. Spelling went on to do "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Scream 2," "Scary Movie 2" and the new update of "90210."
Leah Remini was also a guest star on the show before she went on to star in the hit sitcom "The King of Queens."
Bridgette Wilson (pictured with husband, tennis star Pete Sampras, and their son in 2009) guest-starred in five "Saved by the Bell" episodes as Ginger. She went on to star in the movies "Billy Madison" and "The Wedding Planner," and the daytime drama "Santa Barbara."
Juliet Mills played Miss Bliss on two episodes of "Saved by the Bell." The show was preceded by the 1987 series "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," which starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dennis Haskins, Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond as the "Bell" class in junior high. Mills' sister Hayley Mills, of "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap" fame, had played the title character in "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," but was replaced by Juliet Mills for the "Bell" guest slots.
Scott Wolf appeared in four uncredited stints as an extra on "Saved by the Bell" from 1990-91 before gaining attention for his role on the television drama "Party of Five" in 1994.
Patrick Fabian, the star of the 2010 summer horror movie hit "The Last Exorcism," played Professor Jeremiah Laskey on the spin-off series "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" from 1993-94.
Johnny Depp was honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Renowned film critic Leonard Maltin returned this year to moderate the event at a packed Arlington Theater.