Ah, high school. A place and era that didn’t seem so great at the time but is often looked back on fondly as we age. These years were the home to some of our greatest memories. A lot of us met our first significant other in high school; many had their first kiss in the halls of their high schools. Some of us learned to play an instrument there. Some of us earned scholarships in academics and sports that helped us through college and establishing an adult life. Who could forget the time you found all that money in the mall and your friend suggested using the money to buy and scalp U2 tickets for profit? Or that time they struck oil on the football field and the school had to figure out if they wanted the money or to protect the local wildlife? How about that time an ex-student left the school some money and a battle of the sexes was arranged to decide if the money would go to boys or girls athletics?
Okay. Some of these may or may not have happened on Saved by the Bell. Either way, memories of the much beloved series set at Bayside High School are just as good as actual high school memories, if not better.
In the years since the show left the airwaves, the cast has experienced a rather wide range between successes and sadness. Let’s take a look at how the cast is doing these days, and which members have maintained a fair degree of fame and financial success. The top one just might surprise you.
11. Dustin Diamond
Net Worth: $500 Thousand
It’s a little surprising that Dustin Diamond, the actor that played hapless nerd Samuel “Screech” Powers sits here at the top of the list. Over the last handful of years, Diamond has done a number of things that appear to be quick cash grabs resulting from his time on the series. He wrote a tell-all book about his time on the show and was the executive producer on a movie based on said book titled The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. The entirety of the cast claims the Lifetime movie and Diamond’s book aren’t even remotely true. Diamond himself claims a number of the events in the book were embellished or otherwise completely made up by a ghost writer. It seems strange to say this about the book and then still executive produce a film version of the book in question.
To date, Diamond’s cast members don’t have very nice things to say about him. In a recent “reunion” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Diamond was [not so] surprisingly absent.
10. Elizabeth Berkley
Net Worth: $3 Million
It’s not surprising to see that Berkley has still maintained a millionaire status. The actress has actually kept a very busy and consistent career in television since leaving Saved by the Bell. Things weren’t always so perfect though. Berkley tried to shed herself of her “good girl” image earned by playing the overachiever Jessie Spano on the series. Berkley accomplished this by tossing off her clothes in the very adult (but notoriously bad) film Showgirls. While the film definitely made headlines and garnered Berkley a lot of attention, the overall badness of the film overshadowed any solid acting talent the actress could have been exhibiting. As far as a career in film goes, it would seem the stigma of Showgirls still follows Berkley around to this day.
9. Patrick Fabian
Net Worth: $5 Million
You’re probably asking yourself, “Who in the heck is Patrick Fabian?” Well if you were a true Saved by the Bell fan, you probably stuck around for the sub-par yawn fest known as Saved by the Bell: The College Years. The show actually aired as prime time television, but it didn’t really “adult” anything up. The College Years was essentially the same exact show set in a college cafeteria and a dorm room.
In the spin-off series, Patrick Fabian played Professor Jeremiah Laskey, a professor to the gang that would become romantically involved with Kelly Kapowski, a character who had not been present during the last years of the original Saved by the Bell.
Fabian is one of those actors that appear to “play in everything.” He can currently be seen in the run-away hit Better Call Saul, a spin-off to Breaking Bad.
8. Hayley Mills
Net Worth: $5 Million
Hayley Mills is an actress many fans of Saved by the Bell are not familiar with. If you spent your time watching the reruns on other networks, or if you decided to binge watch the series on Netflix, you may have noticed that something was slightly off about the first season.
For starters, the show was set in Bayside, Indiana. Somehow the series magically teleported to California by the second season. You may also have noticed the only recognizable faces were Zach, Screech, and Lisa. The other members of the gang were completely different characters and actors. There’s also the fact that the show seemed to center around teacher Miss Bliss, played by actress Hayley Mills. The original conception for the show was initially titled, “Good Morning Miss Bliss.”
7. Dennis Haskins
Net Worth: $5.5 Million
It looks like Dennis Haskins has made some pretty decent financial decisions in the years since leaving Saved by the Bell. In fact, Haskins stuck with the show for a very long time, well past the departure of the original cast members, all the way up until the very last episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, a spin-off series that actually lasted almost twice as long as its predecessor.
Haskins seems to stay plenty busy in television, usually in bit parts rather than re-occurring roles. He also seems to never shy away from the chance to play Belding in other media or take a role that references the character.
6. Lark Voorhies
Net Worth: $6 Million
Things haven’t seemed to go so well for Lark Voorhies. Lark didn’t stay very busy after Saved by the Bell, but did manage to keep her finances in order. After the 1990s, the actress mainly seemed to take bit parts and do voice work. Lark has no credits post 2012, save for a series announced in 2014 that hasn’t seemed to get off the table.
After a number of very strange public interviews over the last few years, Lark’s mental stability has come into question. Lark, along with Dustin Diamond, was noticeably absent from the recent “mini-reunion” that most of the cast participated in on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
5. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Net Worth: $9 Million
Gosselaar seems to be one of the more active cast members since the original gang left Bayside High behind. Gosselaar has been in a number of popular television series, generally crime shows like NYPD Blue and CSI. He also starred alongside Breckin Meyer in the law/comedy series Franklin & Bash.
In an interview with Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, Gosselaar actually gave a pretty honest answer about his feelings towards co-star Dustin Diamond besmirching his and other cast member’s names to make a quick buck. Gosselaar tried to keep it clean and say that he only has positive memories about the show. Meyer said what we were all thinking:
“That guy is such a d**k.”
4. Mario Lopez
Net Worth: $9 Million
Like Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater on the series, seems to have been able to maintain a pretty solid career in television since his days on Saved by the Bell. Lopez was a regular cast member on a number of shows since, namely The Bold and the Beautiful and Nip/Tuck. In more recent years the actor plays in a veritable plethora of made-for-TV movies. He also seems to make appearances in a lot of shows as himself, generally hearkening back to his days on Saved by the Bell.
Lopez has also hosted a number of different shows since leaving Bayside, such as Extra and The Talk.
3. Tori Spelling
Net Worth: $15 Million
Even those who don’t remember cast members like Hayley Mills or Jeremiah Laskey, probably do remember Tori Spelling’s days on the show. Though she was only on the series for a short time, it seemed like she had been in a lot more episodes than she actually appeared in. This is probably due to the fact that her role was rather memorable.
Spelling played, Violet Bickerstaff, Screech’s only real girlfriend in the series. Screech had a few girlfriends throughout the show’s run, but there was usually a catch associated with a single episode’s plot, like someone using him for his money or an attempt to get closer to someone else. It’s quite possible that Violet was even stranger and more socially inept than Screech.
These days, Spelling earns money from reality shows and her own production company. She also gets a nice chunk of change from her father’s estate.
2. Tiffani Thiessen
Net Worth: $13 Million
It’s not very surprising Tiffani Thiessen (who went by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen during her Saved by the Bell days) is one of the richest cast members to come out of the series. She was easily the most popular cast member during her time on the show. Kelly Kapowski was the classic example of the girl that most guys wanted to be with and most girls wanted to be.
Tiffani also stays pretty busy. She has had a very large number of re-occurring roles in a slew of television shows. In addition to being in the popular Saved by the Bell series, she moved on to the original Beverly Hills, 90210. She may have left Saved by the Bell to do it, but at the time this was a very wise career move.
1. Leah Remini
Net Worth: $20 Million
This was probably the last name anyone expected to see on the list. Leah Remini is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens.
At one point during Saved by the Bell‘s run, it was decided that the cast would leave the halls of Bayside High and mix things up a bit. The show temporarily (roughly 6 episodes) followed the kids to the Malibu Sands Beach Resort where the gang had all gotten summer jobs. At the resort, Zack falls in love with his boss’s daughter, Stacey Carosi (played by Remini). Stacey leaves her long-term boyfriend for Zack and the last episode set at the resort ends with Zack and Stacey in love and sitting on the beach. By the next episode, Zack was back at Bayside and Stacey’s name was never mentioned again.
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