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When I wake up in the morning, and the alarm gives out a warning….
If you were an avid viewer of Saved By the Bell back in 1990, completing that theme song is easy for you. In its time on the air, Saved By the Bell captured us with stories of friendship, teenage crises and, most importantly, Mario Lopez’s muscles. Now that E! is airing reruns of the hit show, we’d like to revisit the stars of Saved By the Bell and see what they’re up to now.
ABC-TV / THE KOBAL COLLECTION; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicMark-Paul Gosselaar might always be known as Zack Morris, the California dreamboat that contributed to Saved by The Bell’s success. But since then, Gosselaar hasn’t stepped out of the spotlight much at all. After spending years in smaller roles on shows like NYPD Blue, Gosselaar re-emerged as the star of TNT’s Raising the Bar, a short-lived courtroom drama. Now, he’s stealing the show as one of two leads on USA's Franklin & Bash. That doesn’t leave much time to be a family man, but Gosselaar makes that work, too: He is a dad to three kids, including newborn Dekker with wife Catriona McGinn.
Ron Galella/WireImage; Ben Gabbe/Getty ImagesWas there anyone who didn’t want to be Kelly Kapowski back in the ‘90s? How about Valerie Malone from Beverly Hills, 90210? Tiffani Thiessen embodied both of these iconic roles, making her popular both on and off screen. Although she would never take another role quite as quintessential as Kelly Kapowski, Thiessen has continued to sustain a healthy acting career. In 2005, she married actor Brady Smith, and the two welcomed a daughter, Harper, in 2010. But motherhood isn’t slowing her down: Thiessen has starred on White Collar since 2009.
Ron Wolfson/Getty Images; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicNot much has changed about Mario Lopez -- a.k.a. resident jock A.C. Slater -- since his time at Bayside High School. (Except for that mullet, thank goodness.) Lopez had significant roles in a number of TV shows, including The Bold and the Beautiful and Nip/Tuck, before realizing his true calling: hosting. Now pulling double duty as a host of Extra and The X Factor, we’re seeing Lopez on our TV screens more than ever -- and we’re totally OK with that. (Plus, he’s a family guy! He and wife Courtney have two children together: Gia, 3, and Dominic, 2 months.)
Ron Wolfson/Getty Images; Joe Kohen/WireImageIf you’re not familiar with Elizabeth Berkley’s portrayal of Jessie Spano -- especially Jessie’s brief but infamous addiction to caffeine pills -- then surely you know her as Nomi Malone from the 1995 cult classic Showgirls. Berkley has already made her mark on pop culture, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing more: After continuing to dabble in television, Berkley put on her dancing shoes for this season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was cut just prior to the semifinals. At least she can take comfort in knowing her son, 1-year-old Sky Cole, is adorable!
Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage; Tom Briglia/FilmMagicDespite the iconic nature of Dustin Diamond’s character, Screech, we’re not quite sure what to make of his post-Saved By the Bell career. Although he has landed roles in small-name TV shows and movies, Diamond might be more famous for his erratic behind-the-scenes behavior: A stint on Celebrity Fit Club. A sex tape. A memoir about Saved By the Bell that highlights what life was “really” like working on the show. Still, it’s possible Screech is headed in the right direction, even though his relationship with cast members is strained. He just wrapped a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K., alongside other Internet-famous friends.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc; David Aguilera/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicMuch like her co-star Diamond, Lark Voorhies -- who played the fashionable Lisa Turtle -- hasn’t had the easiest go of it since her days on Saved By the Bell. Although Voorhies maintained a modest acting career throughout the 1990s, she’s lately been making headlines for her wacky behavior more than anything else. In 2012, after Voorhies’ mom claimed the actress was battling bipolar disorder, Voorhies tried to refute the rumors of mental illness with an even weirder interview on Entertainment Tonight. Voorhies has stayed out of the public eye since then, but her mom’s concern for her was evident as recently as last year: “I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life.”
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicIn his role as the genial Principal Belding, Dennis Haskins stuck with the Saved By the Bell franchise until its final installment, The New Class, wrapped in 2000. Since then, Haskins has laid low, primarily guest-starring on shows like How I Met Your Mother and Mad Men. But don’t worry, Saved By the Bell geeks -- Principal Belding is still holding out hope for a class reunion.
David Livingston/Getty ImagesGoofy and bespectacled, Ed Alonzo made a name for himself as Max, owner of the gang’s favorite hangout, The Max. And even though he’s kept up his eccentric appearance throughout the years, Alonzo did change one thing: Instead of pursuing a career in acting, he’s now touring the country as a magician.
Marcel Thomas/Getty Images; David Livingston/Getty ImagesHer stint on Saved By the Bell may only have lasted six episodes -- as Zack Morris’ short-lived love Stacey Carosi -- but Leah Remini has shown some serious longevity in the TV biz. Best known for her role as Carrie on The King of Queens, Remini has built quite the resume since her days in Malibu Sands. Her most recent project? Coming thisclose to a Dancing With the Stars victory, where she just claimed fifth place alongside pro dancer Tony Dovolani.
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We can’t think of many Saved By the Bell alumni who are as comfortable in front of the camera as one Tori Spelling, who practically grew up in the spotlight. After her short run on the ‘90s show, Spelling rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210… and hasn’t stopped since! In addition to being an actress, she is also an author of several books, as well as a mom of four with hubby Dean McDermott. Her website, ediTORIal, features recipes, tips for entertaining and plenty more, making her a true Renaissance woman.
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