After popping up in episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Wonder Years, and Punky Brewster, Mark-Paul Gosselaar landed a starring role in Saved by the Bell as Zack Morris. He played the high school preppy for three years, also bringing Zack to the short-lived Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, and an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class. He wrapped his run as the character in the ’90s, going on to land small-screen roles in Hyperion Bay and D.C.. In 2001, Gosselaar joined NYPD Blue as Det. John Clark, Jr. He spent four years in the role and followed it up with turns in Commander in Chief, John from Cincinnati, and Raising the Bar. In recent years, he starred as Peter Bash in Franklin & Bash and joined the new 2016 series Pitch as Mike Lawson.
After appearing in episodes of a.k.a. Pablo and Kids Incorporated, Mario Lopez found his spot in Saved by the Bell‘s Bayside High as resident jock A.C. Slater. He continued the role in Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Soon after, he joined Pacific Blue as Bobby Cruz, wrapping the gig in 2000. He then did an extended stint on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006, played Dr. Mike Hamoui on Nip/Tuck, and lent his voice to the children’s program, The Chica Show. Lopez has largely focused on unscripted television in recent years, serving as a host, reporter, and correspondent on shows like Entertainment Tonight, America’s Best Dance Crew, The X Factor, and Extra.
Then a relative unknown, Dustin Diamond signed on to play the geeky Samuel “Screech” Powers in Saved by the Bell, continuing the role in Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. Diamond then spent the 2000s picking up credits for independent films and playing himself in movies like Pauly Shore Is Dead and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. The actor subsequently published a tell-all, Behind the Bell, and ran into personal problems in recent years, culminating in a prison sentence.
Lark Voorhies enrolled at Bayside High as the popular, well-dressed Lisa Turtle. She held the role in the series and its spin-offs, going on to join Days of Our Lives as Wendy Reardon. She continued her ’90s soap opera work as The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Jasmine Malone, and went on to earn credits for How to Be a Player and How High and episodes of In the House and The Parkers. She largely stepped back from acting in the early 2010s, instead devoting her time to writing books.
Tiffani Thiessen landed her first major role as Saved by the Bell‘s Kelly Kapowski. She played the high school hottie throughout the series and in the spin-off projects, also popping up in episodes of Charles in Charge, Married with Children, and Blossom. She then landed a mid-’90s gig as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210, and went on to earn credits for Ivansxtc and The Ladies Man, and episodes of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Just Shoot Me!, Fastlane, Good Morning, Miami, and What About Brian. Thiessen recently wrapped her five-year run as White Collar‘s Elizabeth Burke, and kicked off a gig hosting her own Cooking Channel show.
Elizabeth Berkley landed an early role as Saved by the Bell‘s Jessie Spano, an involved student with big dreams. After saying goodbye to the character in the early ’90s, Berkley hit the big screen in Showgirls, The First Wives Club, The Real Blonde, and Any Given Sunday. In the 2000s, the actress popped up in episodes of NYPD Blue, Titus, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The L Word, and CSI: Miami. She returned to the small screen in recent years, competing on Dancing with the Stars and appearing in episodes of Melissa & Joey and New Girl.
After kicking off the ’80s with appearances in episodes of CHiPs, Knots Landing, and The Dukes of Hazzard, Dennis Haskins joined Saved by the Bell as Bayside’s principal, Mr. Belding. He played the educator for more than 10 years, starring in the spinoff Saved by the Bell: The New Class after the original series’ wrap. He then spent the 2000s filling his résumé with smaller roles in The West Wing, Max Keeble’s Big Move, and 7th Heaven. In recent years, Haskins popped up in episodes of Men of a Certain Age, The Bold and the Beautiful, Victorious, New Girl, and Hot in Cleveland.