Then/Now: The Cast of 'Saved By the Bell'

How have Zack, Slater, and especially Screech, fared since their days at Bayside High? We look back on the stars of "Saved By the Bell."

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    "When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning, I don't think I'll ever make it on time - it's alright cuz I'm saved by the bell!" So went the theme song for "Saved By the Bell," a show that made high-school seem like a blast. (Photo: NBC)
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    "Saved By the Bell" aired from 1989-1993 and followed the exploits of several students along with their principal at Bayside High School. The show was originally titled "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," but was canceled after 13 episodes. The concept was repackaged and the show was re-cast - the characters Zack, Lisa, and Screech survived the transition - and from there a mega hit was born. (Photo: NBC)
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    The show featured troublemaker Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), jock A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), uber-geek Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond), popular cheerleader Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Amber Thiessen), brainiac Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), and shopping-addict Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies). (Photo: NBC)
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    Then: Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar rose to fame playing the mischievous, girl-crazy Zack Morris from the age of 14. Zack was known as a slacker and a schemer and was the only one on the show given the power to call a "time out." (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul, 35, (pictured with wife Lisa Ann Russell) found continued success on the small-screen following "Saved by the Bell," playing Detective John Clarke on "NYPD Blue" from 2001-2005. After the series ended, he starred opposite Geena Davis in the short lived series "Commander in Chief." He later appeared in the HBO series "John from Cincinnati." He is currently starring in the TNT series "Raising the Bar," playing a defense attorney. (Photo: AP)
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    Then: Mario Lopez

    Mario Lopez played jock A.C. Slater from the age of 16. Slater and Zack started out as rivals, vying for Kelly's affections, but after losing the girl to a preppie, he found love with school brainiac Jessie and became best friends with Zack. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Mario Lopez

    After the series, Mario, 35, has managed to stay in the game. He starred in several TV movies, had a recurring role on the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," and was a guest star on "Nip/Tuck." He came back into the spotlight in 2006 as a contestant on the third season of "Dancing with the Stars," where he came in second. After his success on "DWTS," he became a guest host for the entertainment news show "Extra" and he currently hosts the MTV reality show 
    "America's Best Dance Crew."
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    Then: Dustin Diamond

    Samuel "Screech" Powers, played by Dustin Diamond, 12, was the nerd who was lucky enough to be best friends with the two most popular guys in school. Despite being really smart, Screech was also an idiot, and was the constant butt of jokes. His unrequited love for Lisa was a recurring story line and despite his best efforts, Lisa remained immune to his charms. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Dustin Diamond

    After "Saved by the Bell" ended, Dustin, now 32, was featured on a number of game and reality shows including "The Weakest Link,""Celebrity Boxing 2," season 5 of "Celebrity Fit Club," and professional wrestling matches. He also made headlines in 2006 when a sex tape, Screeched, aka Saved by the Smell, was "leaked." These days, Dustin works as a stand-up comedian and claims to be writing a tell-all book about the "sexual escapades among cast members, drug use, and hard core partying" during his stint on "Saved By the Bell." Charming. (Photo: Reuters)
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    Then: Tiffani Thiessen

    Tiffani Amber Thiessen landed the role of cheerleader Kelly Kapowski at the age of 15. Kelly was the most popular girl in school and Tiffani herself became one of the most popular cast-members, making countless guest appearances on hit shows and starring in TV movies. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Tiffani Thiessen

    After the series, Tiffani, now 35, starred as bad girl Valerie Malone on "Beverly Hills 90210" from 1994-1998. After leaving "90210," she made guest appearances on several shows and tried, unsuccessfully, to make the transition to film. Eventually, she dropped the Amber, and in January 2007 she joined the cast of "What About Brian," which was canceled a few months later. Tiffani is currently working on a new USA series, "White Collar," set to premiere this fall. (Photo: AP)
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    Then: Elizabeth Berkley

    Elizabeth Berkley played class-president and committed feminist, Jessie Spano, at the age of 16. Jessie dated jock A.C Slater, with whom she fought constantly, and struggled with an addiction to a caffeine pill - one of the raciest storylines the show had tackled. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Elizabeth Berkley

    After the series, Elizabeth, now 36, made the terrible decision to star in the critically panned film "Showgirls." After the embarrassment subsided, she redeemed herself with strong supporting roles in several independent films. She also starred in several successful Broadway plays, including "Hurly Burly," and her performances were met with widespread acclaim. She has also made guest appearances on several dramatic series including "CSI,""NYPD Blue," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "The L Word," and hosted Bravo's reality series, "Step It Up and Dance." Her latest project is a reality series with MTV which will focuses on her "Ask Elizabeth" self-help program. (Photo: AP)
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    Then: Lark Voorhees

    Lark Voorhees landed the role of spoiled princess Lisa Turtle at the age of 14. Lisa was known for being fashion-savvy and talkative, always up on the latest Bayside gossip. (Photo: NBC)
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    Now: Lark Voorhees

    Following the series Lark, now 38, found success on soaps, starring on "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." In addition to several guest roles on the small screen, she starred in the stoner flick "How High" with Redman and Method Man in 2001. In 2012 she gave a troubling interview to people magazine, and her mother said she had bipolar disorder, a claim Lark denied.
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