Dustin Diamond, best known for his portrayal of screech, the nerdy endearing “Saved By The Bell,” has completed his first round of chemotherapy for his stage 4 lung cancer, a representative for the actor said Thursday.
The Diamond director revealed the 44-year-old man’s cancer diagnosis last week, but said the former child star is waiting for test results to find out the exact location and nature of the cancer.
Diamond rep Roger Paul told NBC News on Thursday that he is battling stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
Diamond’s next round of chemotherapy is scheduled and he will begin physical therapy soon, Paul said.
“Dustin can’t wait to spend more time with his girlfriend, playing his bass / video games, as well as making videos for his fans on social media,” Paul said in a statement.
Diamond has received fan mail, Paul added, providing an Illinois address to an auto insurance bureau for additional fans who wish to express their support.
Diamond rose to fame in the 1990s with his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers on “Saved by the Bell. He played the role of best friend and sidekick of the show’s decidedly non-geeky main character, Zack Morris.
While most of the show’s original cast returned to a reboot of the sitcom on the Peacock streaming platform, Diamond did not reprise his role. Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.
Diamond wrote the 2009 book, “Behind the Bell,” which portrays the cast in a less than flattering light.
He also made enemies by appearing on the reality show “Celebrity Fit Club” in which he took on the role of the villain.
In 2001, Diamond filed for bankruptcy.
He was also arrested and convicted for his role in a 2014 Wisconsin bar brawl, in which Diamond stabbed another bar patron in the armpit with a switchblade. He was placed in a release program after starting his four-month sentence and was released a month earlier for good behavior.