Even if your teacher pops a test and you know you're in a mess, it's gonna be alright, 'cause you'll be "Saved by the Bell"! Back in the early '90s, that's what kids learned after watching Zack, A.C., Kelly and the rest of the gang trying to dodge trouble (and Mr. Belding!) on the hit teen TV show. To commemorate the life of Dustin Diamond — who died at the age of 44 from stage 4 lung cancer on Feb. 1, 2021 — let's check in with our favorite Bayside High crew …
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar might be best known for playing the coolest guy at Bayside High, but he actually got his start as a model at age 5. No surprise there! Mark-Paul went on to appear on a handful of TV shows before landing the lead role of Zachary "Zack" Morris on "Saved by the Bell" in 1989.
After leaving "Saved by the Bell" in 1994, Mark-Paul Gosselaar admitted that it was difficult for him to land his next big gig. Meanwhile, in 1996, the former teen heartthrob married Lisa Ann Russell, whom he'd met when she was an extra on "SBTB." The pair had two kids, Michael and Ava, and divorced in 2010. Mark-Paul landed another regular gig on TV's short-lived "Hyperion Bay" in the late '90s but got a second chance at true stardom when he signed on for a leading role on "NYPD Blue" in 2001 and stuck around until 2005. He went on to memorably star on TV's "Raising the Bar," "Franklin & Bash" and "Pitch" too. In 2012, he tied the knot with advertising exec Catriona McGinn. The pair welcomed their first child, Dekker, in 2013 and their second, Lachlyn, in 2015. On Feb. 4, 2015, Mark-Paul reunited with Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" where the cast appeared in a "Saved by the Bell" sketch. Fans most recently have seen Mark-Paul on the "Black-ish" spin-off, "Mixed-ish," which premiered in September 2019, and on Peacock's "Saved by the Bell" revival, which aired in 2020.
There's a reason why all eyes (including Zack and A.C.'s) were on Kelly Kapowski, played by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, at Bayside High. She was the epitome of perfection in the early '90s. But before Tiffani landed her breakout role as the über-popular Kelly on "Saved by the Bell," the California native starred in a Peaches and Cream Barbie commercial and competed in beauty pageants, winning the Miss Junior America title in 1987.
Since "Saved by the Bell" wrapped, Tiffani Thiessen has found much success on the small screen and in her personal life. For six years, she starred as bad girl Valerie Malone on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210," which she followed with roles on "Fastlane," "What About Brian" and "White Collar." These days, the actress can be seen on the Netflix series "Alexa & Katie." When the brunette beauty isn't working, she's hanging out with her family. She split from fiancé (and "Two Guys and a Girl" co-star) Richard Ruccolo in the early aughts and married actor Brady Smith in 2005. They had daughter Harper in 2010 and son Holt in 2015. Tiffani also memorably joined the "SBTB" reunion sketch on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in 2015 to fans' delight, as well as Peacock's revival series "Saved by the Bell" in 2020.
Did you think that Bayside jock A.C. Slater looked a little familiar when he debuted his rad mullet (which was inspired by Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon"), dimples and biceps on "Saved by the Bell"? Maybe that's because you remember seeing Mario Lopez busting a move on "Kids Incorporated" or playing Tomas Del Gato on "aka Pablo." Before Mario got his big break on "SBTB," the youngster had already racked up quite the resume on the small screen.
Despite chopping off his long locks, Mario Lopez is still as charming as ever! Following his role on "Saved by the Bell," the hunky star went on to appear in numerous TV projects including "Pacific Blue," the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Nip/Tuck" and more. He also competed on Season 3 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2006 and took over as the host of "Extra" in 2008. He began hosting "Access Hollywood" in July 2019. In 2004, Mario married beauty queen-turned-actress Ali Landry, only to split two weeks later, reportedly due to his infidelity days before the wedding. In 2008, the dimpled dude found love with Courtney Mazza, his co-star in a Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," and the lovebirds welcomed daughter Gia in 2010. Fast-forward to 2012, when they tied the knot in Punta Mita, Mexico. In September 2013, they welcomed their second child, Dominic. Their second son, Santino, was born in July 2019. Mario also memorably joined the "SBTB" reunion sketch on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in 2015, as well as the Peacock revival of "Saved by the Bell" in 2020.
If there was ever a child star who couldn't shake his on-screen image, it's Dustin Diamond. The California native rose to fame as the nerdy, socially awkward Samuel "Screech" Powers and held onto his alter ego for over a decade, starring on every single "Saved by the Bell" spinoff.
In 2000, Dustin Diamond finally said goodbye to his on-screen persona when "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" wrapped. He went on to appear in numerous small-scale TV shows and films, but it wasn't until 2006 — when he released his own sex tape — that people took notice of Dustin again. Since then, the quirky star has appeared on "Celebrity Fit Club," "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling" and "Celebrity Big Brother" and penned the tell-all book "Behind the Bell," which chronicles his days at Bayside High. He also performed with his band, Salty the Pocketknife, for a few years, did some stand-up comedy and in 2009 married Jennifer Misner (the couple separated in 2013). Dustin was arrested in 2014 for possession of a switchblade knife that he allegedly pulled during a bar fight. The victim was stabbed and Dustin was sentenced to four months behind bars. In 2015, Dustin said he felt insulted after not being invited to join the "SBTB" reunion sketch on "The Tonight Show." He was also not invited to appear in the 2020 revival of "Saved by the Bell." The former "Saved By The Bell" star was arrested again in May 2016 for violating his probation. On Jan. 14, 2021, Dustin Diamond was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He sadly passed away due to complications from cancer at the age of 44 on Feb. 1, 2021.
Who can you forget Jessie "Legs" Spano, played by Elizabeth Berkley?! She was the straight-A student who was often visited by neighbor Zack through her bedroom window — even though she was A.C. Slater's main squeeze. Before Elizabeth landed her role on "Saved by the Bell," the actress had already scored a few small parts on TV shows like "Baywatch."
Following her departure from "Saved by the Bell," Elizabeth Berkley shimmied her way through the infamous 1995 film "Showgirls." Unfortunately, it was difficult for the actress to redeem herself from the nudity-filled box-office bomb, leaving her to pick up small roles in films like "The Real Blonde" and "Any Given Sunday." She eventually made a move to theater, earned an English literature degree from UCLA, landed a recurring role on "CSI: Miami" and even penned an advice book for teen girls titled "Ask Elizabeth." In 2013, Elizabeth competed on "Dancing With the Stars" and in 2015, she joined her former "SBTB" cast members on "The Tonight Show" for a hilarious reunion skit and reprised her role in Peacock's "Saved by the Bell" revival. Her most recent role was a guest appearance on FOX's "New Girl" in 2016. In 2003, Elizabeth married artist and designer Greg Lauren. The pair welcomed son Sky in 2012.
Nashville-born actress Lark Voorhies is best known for her role as the fashionable Lisa Turtle on "Saved by the Bell." Rumors swirled that she dated co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar during their Bayside High days, but the bubbly actress denied any romance between the two. "No, we were all that close," Lark said. "We just had a great chemistry and it registers very powerfully [on screen]."
Following her role on "Saved By the Bell," Lark went on to appear on "Days of Our Lives," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "In the House." Lark was briefly engaged to comedy star Martin Lawrence and wed Miguel Coleman in 1996, though the pair divorced in 2004. In 2012, Lark's mental health was questioned after her mother voiced concerns about her well-being. Though the once-stable starlet showed signs of trouble during interviews with "Entertainment Tonight" and "Inside Edition," she refuted claims that she heard voices or that she was bipolar. She went on to marry music engineer Jimmy Green in 2015, though the couple split just six months later. Lark, who loves to paint, has penned and self-published a few books including "Reciprocity," "Trek of the Cheshire" and "A True Light." She chose not to reunite with her "SBTB" castmates on "The Tonight Show" in 2015, however she did appear in a guest role in the 2020 revival of "Saved by the Bell."
Before Dennis Haskins rose to fame as Mr. Belding on "Saved by the Bell," the Tennessee native appeared on '80s TV shows like "Knots Landing" and "The Dukes of Hazard." Dennis also played the principal on the "SBTB" spinoffs.
"Hey, hey, hey, what's going on here?" Well, in 2009 when People magazine released its "Saved By the Bell" reunion cover, Mr. Belding was left out and it hurt Dennis Haskins' feelings. Luckily, he was invited to join the cast during a special "SBTB" sketch on "The Tonight Show" in 2015. Since his Bayside High days, Dennis has appeared on TV shows and in movies but hasn't found the same acting success as he did in his early days. He's instead transitioned into music, releasing his first album in 2009 and performing small shows around the country. In 1996, he got divorced. He's also occasionally popped up at schools, not as a principal, but as a motivational speaker.