Dustin Diamond was born in segregated Alabama in 1954. His parents were both teachers. He has said that he always felt like a black child because he was so used to seeing people like black children who played sports.
After he was arrested for suspicion of selling drugs, a warrant was out for his arrest, but he ran away from the police. After he was recaptured, he started working with legendary writer Don Delillo who cast him in a TV series called “People Are Fine.” His breakout role was “The People’s Court,” which was also produced by People Are Fine. After the series ended, he moved on to star in Dumb and Dumber, Get Shorty, and Edward Scissorhands and became an even more popular actor in the process.
As an actor, Dustin Diamond has played many different characters. However, he is best known as the irrepressible “Dirty Harry” in the film adaptation of his best-known play Dirty Harry. In the movie, he plays Lloyd Christmas, a boy with a reputation for being mean and brutal. The character was intended to be something entirely different than what ended up on the screen. In an interview with Bill Finger, Diamond stated that he always intended his character to be mean and brutal, but that his childhood circumstances had kept him from fully developing that side of him.
When asked what may have been causing his transformation into the mean and brutal “Dirty Harry,” Diamond responded, “I was going through a tough time in my life, which is something that many actors go through when they’re growing up. I was just in a terrible place. I was going through an adamant time with my family. I was not living in a self-fulfilled dream at the time.”
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Dustin refers to his stage four cancer diagnosis, although he did not mention it during our interview. He went on to say, “Cancer changed my life… it changed my whole outlook on life. I wasn’t just scared anymore… I became very wise about living and the importance of loving myself and others. I started doing things that I never did before, and that allowed me to start having the life that I deserved and was looking for.”
Since our interview, Dustin has appeared on television shows hosted by two of America’s most popular talk show hosts. He was even asked to host his talk show, which he did for several months until he was diagnosed with cancer. His experiences while fighting for his life and beating the disease have influenced him to advocate for many fighting similar types of conditions and disorders.
During our interview, Dustin told me about his first American television experience when he was a guest on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His appearance on this popular comedy show brought about positive comments from viewers all over the world. After receiving so much positive feedback, Dustin decided to take his comedy career to the next level by creating a book and a new one, entitled The Big BANG! He revealed that he could write and star in his stand-up comedy series called Party Down, which will debut on October 1st.
Dustin Diamond‘s journey since being diagnosed with cancer has been a long and arduous road. He has experienced many ups and downs, including being divorced twice and being the subject of several paternity lawsuits. Despite all of these challenges, Dustin has remained cheerful and optimistic. He states, “I feel like I’ve gone from nothing to everything in a brief period. I try to take the bad with the good.”