Dustin Diamond Was In a Pee-Wee Herman Movie — Actor Paul Reubens Shares Emotional Memories of ‘Saved By the Bell’ Star

Dustin Diamond died on Feb. 1 of cancer at age 44. Diamond is most famous for playing Screech on Saved By the Bell. His role over 13 seasons of various Saved TV series ensures the show will be his legacy. However, Dustin Diamond had a career over 30 years. Paul Reubens shared a post on his official Pee-Wee Herman Instagram remembering Diamond and the movie they made together.

Dustin Diamond was in a Pee-Wee Herman movie before ‘Saved By the Bell’

Diamond was a child actor from the age of 10. He was 11 when he joined the cast of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the series that became Saved By the Bell. When He was 10, Diamond appeared in Big Top Pee-Wee, the second Pee-Wee Herman movie after Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Saved By the Bell star Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond | Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank

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In this movie, Pee-Wee is a farmer. A circus comes to town and Pee-Wee gets the showbiz bug. A circus means many children being entertained and Diamond played one of those children, Deke.

Pee-Wee Herman’s memories of Dustin Diamond

At only 10, Diamond made a big impression on Reubens. The Pee-Wee Herman performer remembered he had some competition for making the crew laugh. 

Pee-wee Herman
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“I just saw the news that actor Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech from Saved by the Bell, passed away,” Reubens wrote. “Dustin acted in my movie Big Top Pee-wee when he was ten years old. It was his first featured role in a movie. I first met him at his audition. Even as a kid, he was charming as well as talented. I remember he had a very gentle spirit. He was very funny and loved to make people laugh.”

Pee-Wee Herman actor Paul Reubens tried to contact the ‘Saved By the Bell’ star

Diamond only received his cancer diagnosis three weeks prior to his death. Reubens had heard the news and took the opportunity to reach out. 

Somewhere, I saw an address to write him and did just that. I wanted him to know that I vividly remembered working with him all those years ago and he had stuck in my mind because he was so professional, happy and creative. And, that I thought his performance in the movie was wonderful. I told him I was joining with the tens of thousands of others who were wishing him well, praying for him and holding him in our thoughts. At the end of my note, I said for him to please get well and when he did, we¹d catch up on the last thirty years. 

Paul Reubens, Pee-wee Herman official Instagram, 2/1/21

Unfortunately, he may never know if he reached Diamond in time. 

Dustin Diamond age 11
Dustin Diamond | Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

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“I don¹t know if he saw my note or someone read it to him, but I hope so,” Reubens wrote. “Rest In Peace, Dustin. Sending you respect, admiration and love. ❤️ #❤️ #dustindiamond #gonetoosoon