Saved by the Bell became a centerpiece for 90’s pop culture by the time it ended in 1992. After the original series ended, it was followed up by college years and revivals that kept the nostalgia of Bayside High alive for years. The hit teenage show made household names out of its core cast and set off the careers of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars today.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Then
Mark-Paul Gosselaar was the perfect casting choice to play Zack Morris – the rebellious, yet strangely clever “cool” guy on campus. His character was known for addressing the tv audience, otherwise known as “breaking the 4th wall,” and engaged in an infamous on again, off again romance with Kelly Kapowski.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Now
Since Saved by the Bell ended in 1992, Gosselaar went on to star in NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash, and held down a recurring character arc on CSI. He’s been married to his second wife, advertising executive Catriona McGinn, since 2012 and they have 2 children. From his first marriage, Gosselaar has 2 other children.
Mario Lopez: Then
Mario Lopez played the unforgettable (and ridiculously charming) A.C. Slater, also known as Zack Morris’ best friend. Slater was the token jock of the Saved by the Bell friends group, often referenced as the stereotypical, all-star athlete. He was also remembered for his unlikely relationship with Elizabeth Berkley’s Jessie Spano.
Mario Lopez: Now
Following Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez abandoned acting and set his sights on more “realistic” ventures. Now, he’s the host of Extra, The X-Factor, and America’s Best Dance Crew. In 2008, he made his Broadway debut as Zach in A Chorus Line. Lopez is married to his second wife, Courtney Mazza, and they have 2 children together.
Elizabeth Berkley: Then
Elizabeth Berkley played Jessie Spano, the over-achieving perfectionist who ends up in an unlikely love affair with A.C. Slater. Jessie was the ultimate 90’s feminist who was unofficial “smart” one of the group and lived next door to Zack Morris since she was a child.
Elizabeth Berkley: Now
Elizabeth Berkley tried her hand at film acting following the closure of Saved by the Bell, starring in the controversial flick Showgirls. She also guest starred on hit tv shows such as The L Word, CSI: Miami, and she also competed on the reality dance competition Dancing With The Stars. Elizabeth has 1 child with her husband, Greg Lauren.
Dustin Diamond: Then
Screech Powers, famously played by Dustin Diamond, was the goofball of the group on Saved by the Bell. His nerdiness was as agitating as it was funny and as much as the other characters became annoyed by him, they loved him even more. He was close with Zack Morris and played in his band, The Zack Attack, and was pretty much an undercover genius.
Dustin Diamond: Now
Dustin Diamond has been quite the busy bee since his days on Saved by the Bell. He was recently arrested after stabbing a man with a switchblade in a bar and charged on additional weapon charges following his booking. Prior to his arrest, he released a tape of “adult” nature and published a Saved by the Bell tell-all. He is currently in prison, again, for violating the terms of his probation in May 2016.
Lark Voorhies: Then
Lark Voorhies was responsible for the role of Lisa Turtle, a fashionista and the self-proclaimed “gossip queen” of Bayside. She was the only member of the group to see Screech in a different light, as opposed to his nerd persona and agreed to go with him to their senior prom.
Lark Voorhies: Now
Lark’s acting career took a nosedive after Saved by the Bell but she did star in a few major pictures including The Next Hit and How High. She had a recurring character arc on The Bold and the Beautiful, as well. Since 2010, the former teen star has published 3 books and has been married twice. As of 2012, it was confirmed by Lark’s mother that she struggled with bipolar disorder.
Dennis Haskins: Then
Dennis Haskins played the Saved by the Bell’s group high school principal who remained a solid member of the cast until Saved by the Bell: The New Class in 2000. In 2015, Haskins reprised his role as Mr. Belding on the Jimmy Kimmel show during the long-awaited, yet totally brief, cast reunion.
Dennis Haskins: Now
Dennis Haskins hasn’t appeared in much since his time spent on the teen show as Principal Belding. In recent years, he released a music album, has appeared in Z! True Long Island Story, and can be seen here and there on Hot in Cleveland alongside Betty White and Valeria Bertinelli. Currently, word on the street is that he’s lobbying to get on Dancing with the Stars.
Ed Alonzo: Then
Max, played by comic genius Ed Alonzo, appeared in 20 episodes of Saved by the Bell for the first 2 seasons. He was usually seen working or hanging out at The Max and was known for giving advice to the Saved by the Bell gang. Usually, this advice came in the form of childish magic tricks.
Ed Alonzo: Now
Ed Alonzo, who is called “vampire” on his wiki page, is still perfecting the art of illusion. He has worked on The Circus Tour for Britney Spears and the This Is It Tour for Michael Jackson, lending his experienced hand to magic tricks and illusions for the shows’ performance art. He also surprised Modern Family fans by making a guest appearance on the critically acclaimed sitcom.
Leanna Creel: Then
Leanna Creel was famous for playing Tori Scott on Saved by the Bell, one of Zack’s more favorable girlfriends. Tori was different from Kelly in that she was a rebel with a leather jacket, instead of a cheerleader with perky pom-poms. Leanna only took the role, which was slated to go for 10 weeks only, so she could pay her tuition fee at UCLA.
Leanna Creel: Now
During her time on Saved by the Bell, Leanna learned that her real passion was in the art of producing. Today, she produces webisodes for the Food Network and Yahoo, and she also launched her own photography company. She has 2 children with her wife, Rinat Greenberg, whom she always works side by side with.
Soleil Moon Frye: Then
After she made a name for herself as Punky Brewster, Soleil Moon Frye grew up into the perfect Saved by the Bell guest star. In season 4, Soleil plays a new student named Robin at Bayside High that likes Zack Morris and, wait for it, Screech Powers. At the end of the episode, we come to learn that she’s just a gold-digger after their teenage piggy banks.
Soleil Moon Frye: Now
Soleil joined the cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2000 and stayed on as Melissa Joan Hart’s roommate until the series wrapped a couple of years later. Since then, Punky B. has been working as a voice actor actress and launched her own organic clothing line for children. She’s been married since 1998, to producer Jason Goldberg, and they have 4 children together.
Ernie Sabella: Then
Ernie Sabella played Leon Carosi, the manager of the Malibu Sands Beach Club. He employs the members of the Saved by the Bell gang for 1 summer, with the exception of Lisa Turtle who already happens to be a guest at the resort. Leon, as a boss, was brutally tough but secretly sensitive.
Ernie Sabella: Now
Off the small-screen, Ernie Sabella is a broadway performer who has appeared in Cats, Guys & Dols, Sweet Charity, and Chicago. He’s also recognized as the voice of Pumbaa in the Lion King franchise. Sabella has also had small roles in shows like Seinfeld, Blue Bloods, and Quantum Leap.
Pamela Kosh: Then
Pamela Kosh was known for her minor, yet the amazingly cute role of Ms. Simpson on Saved by the Bell. She was the sweet, elderly educator who may have been a bit hard of hearing. Her back and forth anecdotes with kids may have been frustrating to them but to us, they were hilarious.
Pamela Kosh: Now
Pamela Kosh has an impressive list of television roles under her belt; besides Saved by the Bell, she appeared in Days of Our Lives as Miss Peach, The King of Queens as Flora, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Martha. Before she retired, she also popped up on ER and Murder She Wrote.
Leah Remini: Then
Leah Remini popped up on Saved by the Bell as Zack’s summer fling, Stacy Corrosi. Stacy was a hip, sassy girl from the East Coast who met Zack while he and the gang were working at the Sands Beach Club in Malibu. Leah’s character was one of the only women on the show to make Zack work for what he wanted.
Leah Remini: Now
Today, Leah Remini is best known for her role on King of Queens, opposite Kevin James as Carrie Heffernan. She also co-hosted The Talk from 2010 until 2011 and starred in her own show, Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. Leah met her husband, Angelo Pagán, in 1996 and they married in 2003; they have 1 child together. Prior to her marriage, Leah abandoned her place in the Church of Scientology and converted to Catholicism.
Jack Angeles: Then
Mr. Tuttles was craftily portrayed by Jack Angeles and tried oh-so-hard to teach the Saved by the Bell gang how to drive a car. The only problem was that he tried to instruct them using a powder-blue colored gold cart.
Jack Angeles: Now
After Saved by the Bell, Jack Angeles sort of shied away from the acting world. He made appearances in a few other shows like Growing Pains but hung up his hat after making a few made for tv movies. Sadly, he passed away in 2009 at the age of 59 in Los Angeles.
Hilary Hayes: Then
Hilary Hayes joined the cast of Saved by the Bell for 1 episode, where she plays a Valley High student named Allison, who steals Screech’s lucky red beret. Why does she steal the beret you ask? Well, Allison pretends to be a Chess Magazine reporter wants him to lose his next match and even convinces him to break up with his girlfriend in the process.
Hilary Hayes: Now
Hilary Hayes has rarely acted since the 90’s and only signed on for roles in projects like The Gymnast (2006) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996), where she played the character, Ruby.
Patrick Muldoon: Then
Patrick Muldoon played the Saved by the Bell character that taught all teenage girls a valuable lesson. As Jeff, the manager of The Max, he dated Kelly and like, a million other girls. Kelly had dumped Zack to go out with Jeff and eventually, she realized she made a big mistake.
Patrick Muldoon: Now
A year after he landed his role on Saved by the Bell, Patrick was offered the part of the original Austin Reed on Days of Our Lives. Then, in 1995, he played Richard Hart on Melrose Place from 1995 until 1996. Today, he’s the frontman of the rock band, The Sleeping Masses.
Carol Lawrence: Then
Carol Lawrence played Ms. Wentworth, the high school teacher you didn’t want but sort of actually did at the same time. Many of her classroom lessons led to half-baked schemes that usually got Zack into trouble but she had good intentions and a pleasant sense of humor which is unique for a social studies teacher.
Carol Lawrence: Now
When she wasn’t on the set of Saved by the Bell, Carol Lawrence was killing it on the stage. She was the original Maria in the broadway stage production of West Side Story, a role which won her a Tony Award nomination. She has also appeared on General Hospital, Sex & The City, Murder She Wrote, and Hawaii Five-0. Carol has been married 3 times and now, has 2 adult children.
Tori Spelling: Then
Tori Spelling had a small character arc as Violet on Saved by the Bell. Most fans of the teen comedy would have urged Screech to give up his dream of dating Lisa Turtle and go for the nerdy version of him – played by the not so nerdy Tori Spelling.
Tori Spelling: Now
A few years after her guest role on Saved by the Bell, Tori joined another one of her father’s hit shows – Beverly Hills: 90210. She quickly became a teenage icon and from there, decided to immerse herself in the world of film. She starred in several made for tv films like A Friend to Die For, The Mistle-Tones, and Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Tori became a best-selling author in 2009 with her autobiography, Stori Telling, and had a reality tv show with her husband, titled Tori & Dean.
Nancy Valen: Then
Nancy Valen was the lustful school nurse who made Zack Morris weak in the knees. She also made him reconsider having an exclusive relationship with Kelly. At the end of the episode, Nurse Jennifer had shown Zack the error of his ways and basically embarrassed him for thinking he could move out of his age-league.
Nancy Valen: Now
Nancy Valen is perhaps, best remembered for her role as Captain Samantha Thomas on Baywatch. She has also appeared on shows such as Spin City, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice, Murder She Wrote, Hardball, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and of course, Friends. Today, Nancy works as a tv producer and has been married to her husband, Nels Van Patten, since 1994.
Christine Taylor: Then
Christine Taylor made an appearance as Heather in the episode SAT, where she plays a student who (obviously) had a crush on Zack. For some unexplainable reason, Zack scores 1500 on his SAT’s and Heather asked him to help her study.
Christine Taylor: Now
Christine Taylor had a number of notable roles following her appearance on Saved by the Bell. She starred in Nickelodeon’s Hey Dude, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Wedding Singer, and as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie. Christine also starred alongside her husband, Ben Stiller, in Zoolander. Ben and Christine live in New York with their 2 children.
Eric Dane: Then
Of course, Eric Dane would pop up on Saved by the Bell as one of Zack and Slater’s athletic rivals. Dane had a guest spot in season 3, episode The Game, where rivals the Saved by the Bell gang at beach volleyball. Pictured below, he’s the one in the hot pink shirt and if we remember correctly, his name was Tad.
Eric Dane: Now
Eric Dane was in another Aaron Spelling tv show in the early 2000’s; Charmed. Later, he would be offered a role on Grey’s Anatomy that dubbed him with the affectionate nickname of Dr. McSteamy. He also appeared in Valentine’s Day, Marley & Me, and Burlesque. Currently, Eric Dane stars on The Last Ship as Captain Tom Chandler.
Denise Richards: Then
Denise Richards was cast in Saved by the Bell to do what she does best – look good in a bikini. Richards played the character of Cynthia in season 3 who falls for Slater. Cynthia gets Slater’s attention at the Malibu Sands Beach Club by pretending to drown. Smooth.
Denise Richards: Now
During the 90’s, Denise starred in hits such as Wild Things, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Valentine, and became a Bond Girl in The World Is Not Enough. From 2008 until 2009, she had her own reality series, Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. The E! reality show was centered around her complex family life with Charlie Sheen and their children.
Casey Kasem: Then
Casey Kasam joined the cast of Saved by the Bell for 1 special episode, and, 1 episode only. Casey plays himself, as he usually does, in Dancing to the Max – In the episode, Lisa and Screech win the dance-off that is ultimately supposed to save The Max by getting their groove on with “the sprain.”
Casey Kasem: Now
Casey Kasem passed away in 2014 but not before he could accomplish some pretty amazing things. The disc jockey and radio personality is remembered for his voiceover role as Shaggy on Scooby-Doo from 1969 until 1997, his American Top 40 franchise, and as “the voice of NBC.” Kasem is survived by his 4 children and his wife, Jeanne.
Scott Wolf: Then
Scott Wolf was simply cast as a member of the Bayside High glee club. He was also cast as a waiter at The Max and was seen as a movie goer in an episode here and there. The 90’s finally gave him his true calling with Party of Five, though, and soon enough he became a teen heartthrob of the decade.
Scott Wolf: Now
After Party of Five, Scott was quickly cast as Dr. Jake Hartman in Everwood and portrayed the same character in its spin-off, The Nine. Currently, he plays the role of Dr. Scott Clemmens on The Night Shift. In 1992, Scott became engaged to Alyssa Milano before they called it quits in 1993. Today, he’s married to Kelley Marie Limp, an alum of The Real World: New Orleans, and they have 3 children together.
Gabrielle Union: Then
Gabrielle Union didn’t play just one character on Saved by the Bell – she played 2! During seasons 3 and 4 of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, she played Hilary and Jennifer. Not at the same time, of course. Her roles weren’t very dominating but it’s safe to say that most Saved by the Bell fans remember her as a Highlander student; both times.
Gabrielle Union: Now
Gabrielle Union isn’t just your ordinary Hollywood actress, these days. She’s starred in major box-office grossing films like 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, The Brothers, Think Like A Man, and Cadillac Records. She currently stars in Being Mary Jane on the BET Network. Gabrielle has been married to Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade since 2014.
Milo Ventimiglia: Then
Milo Ventimiglia joined the cast of Saved by the Bell: The New Class as a hospital worker named Greg. Greg, kind of like another Screech, couldn’t get a lady friend no matter how hard he tried. Luckily for Milo today, he literally has the opposite problem…
Milo Ventimiglia: Now
Milo Ventimiglia made hearts melt as Jess on Gilmore Girls and then moved on to bigger and better things as a superhero who actually got to date, Hayden Panettiere. Recently, Milo reprised his role as Jess in the Gilmore Girls revival and plays the ever-popular and most beloved character on NBC’s This Is Us, Jack Pearson.
James Marsden: Then
James Marsden, for once, played the bad guy in the homecoming episode of Saved by the Bell. Marsden’s character, Chad Westerfield, pretended to like everyone so he could be crowned homecoming king. By the end of the episode, he was exposed as someone who was “anti-nerd.”
James Marsden: Now
Today, it’s hard to go see a movie or turn on the television without seeing James Marsden’s perfect face. His list of film and tv credits include Party of Five, Touched by an Angel, the X-Men franchise, Westworld, Hairspray, 27 Dresses, and Anchorman 2. Marsden has 2 children with his first wife and 1 child with his ex-girlfriend, Rose Costa. He is currently dating British singer, Edei.
Tara Ried: Then
For a second there, we almost forgot that Tara Reid was like, a huge star in the 90’s. Tara played a Bayside high school cheerleader named Sandy. She appeared in Saved by the Bell: The New Class; we think she was supposed to bring nostalgia to the younger version of Kelly Kapowski.
Tara Ried: Now
Oh, Tara Reid. Since the 90’s, her film career has winded down and her last big hit was in 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats. In 2008, she was the second housemate to enter Celebrity Big Brother 8 and posed for Playboy in 2010. In 2013, Tara starred in Sharknado and the film’s following sequels, which has led to her recently launched fragrance line, Shark by Tara, and an associated swim apparel line.
Emma Caulfield: Then
Emma Caulfield was one of the few guest stars on Saved by the Bel that actually gave Screech a chance. Emma played Nurse Penny Brady, whom Screech meets at a blood drive at Bayside High School. Emma’s small part in season 2 of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, showed Aaron Spelling he should be casting her in his other shows, as well.
Emma Caulfield: Now
Following Saved by the Bell, Emma took on the role of Season Keats on Beverly Hills: 90210 and is most remembered for her part as Anya Jenkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1998 until 2003. She has also made a guest appearance on Once Upon Time as the Blind Witch from Hansel & Gretel. Emma has 1 daughter with her husband, Mark Leslie Ford.
Bianca Lawson: Then
During seasons 1 and 2 of Saved by the Bell, Bianca Lawson played Megan Jones. She left the cast after 2 years to pursue a career in film. She successfully appeared in Save the Last Dance, Primary Colors, Breaking All the Rules, and Bones.
Bianca Lawson: Now
Bianca’s career continued to flourish but only the teenage circuit. She picked up many high school roles in shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, and the Witches of East End. In 2016, Bianca began starring in Queen Sugar, a drama created by the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Eddie Garcia: Then
Eddie Garcia was cast as Johnny Dakota, an actor who was visiting Bayside High to show an anti-drug commercial. In the episode, Eddie’s character doesn’t necessarily practice what he’s paid to preach and tries to get Kelly, Zack, and the rest of the Saved by the Bell gang to use an illicit substance.
Eddie Garcia: Now
Eddie Garcia, who was dating Tiffani Amber Thiessen when he made an appearance on the show, predominantly works as a choreographer. Since the 90’s, he worked with Michael Jackson until his death and has collaborated with other notable acts such as Paula Abdul and Jennifer Lopez.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen: Then
Kelly Kapowski was easily the most popular character on Saved by the Bell, for many obvious reasons. Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s character portrayal of the sweet, innocent cheerleader made her a pop culture icon and her on-screen relationship with Zack Morris is considered one of the most beloved of all time.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen: Now
Tiffani traded in her good girl image to replace Shannon Doherty on Beverly Hills: 90210 following Saved by the Bell. She’s also starred in White Collar, What About Brian, and Fastlane. Today, the former teen idol hosts her own show on the Cooking Channel, Dinner at Tiffani’s. Tiffani has been married to Brady Smith since 2005 and they have 2 sons.