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article image'Saved By the Bell' actor ends 14-year marriage

By Lisa Angotti     Jun 4, 2010 in Entertainment
If someone had uttered the words "Zack Morris is single" in the early 90s, a teeny-bopper riot would have ensued. Mark-Paul Gosselaar's split from his wife of 14 years, Lisa Ann Russell, is already raising eyebrows and sparking a frenzy of rumors online.
"The reports saying that she’s out partying aren’t true," a source close to the family told "She’s a great mom. The two of them couldn’t be more hands on with the kids. Their number one focus is definitely their family."
Gosselaar and Russell were married in 1996 after meeting on the set of NBC's "Saved By the Bell" on which Gosselaar starred and Russell played a small role. According to, the former couple will remain committed to their two children: Michael Charles, 6, and Ava Lorenn, 4.
"Saved By the Bell," which aired from 1989 to 1993, was a sitcom remake of a previous show, "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," and revolved around the antics of a perky group of jocks, cheerleaders and nerds at Bayside High, along with their principal, Mr. Belding.
A brightly colored set, love triangles and life lessons defined the show and accelerated the careers of many young actors including Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, who were among the show's stars. Many other recognizable talents including Tori Spelling and Lisa Remini had reoccurring roles.
After "Saved By the Bell" (and it's spin-offs) ended, Gosselaar continued his acting career in roles including detective John Clark on "NYPD Blue" and Jerry Kellerman on TNT's "Raising the Bar." His next move is to TNT's new legal show, "Franklin and Bash."
Fellow alum of the show also continued to make names for themselves. Some found great success like TV's Extra host Mario Lopez (who played AC Slater on the show) and Tiffani Thiessen (aka Zack's love interest, Kelly Kapowski) who joined the cast on the original Beverly Hills 90210 show. Others have had a tougher road, like Elizabeth Berkeley, whose role in the 1995 movie Showgirls earned her less-than-positive reviews, and Dustin Diamond, whose financial woes drove him to sell T-shirts and porn online. Extra reports that Diamond continues to hone his entrepreneurial skills by working on a tell-all book called "Behind the Bell."
Today "Saved By the Bell," which still airs in reruns, has developed a cult-like following -- a following that comedian and TV host Jimmy Fallon lit a fire under when he started a petition to bring the gang back together to celebrate its 20-year reunion in 2009.
People Magazine celebrated the show's 20-year mark with a cover story and photo shoot featuring the cast then and now. Thanks to Fallon's efforts, it looks like fans will be seeing the Bayside gang back together on the big screen, as "Saved By the Bell" is listed as "in development" on the Internet Movie Database.
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