Who is Dennis Haskins?
Dennis Haskins was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee USA, on 18 November 1950 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor who’s been credited with appearing in close to 100 movies and TV series, while he’s probably still known best for his portrayal of Mr. Richard Belding in the romantic family comedy series “Saved by the Bell”. It was created by Sam Bobrick, starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Dustin Diamond, and follows the lives of six teenagers who are attending Bayside High School; the series aired from 1989 to 1992, and won six of the 32 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Dennis was raised in Chattanooga by his parents, about whom nothing’s known as he respects their privacy; it’s said that his father was a businessman, and that his mother was a housewife. Because Dennis hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, his fans believe him to be an only child.
He studied at Notre Dame High School, at which he was mostly interested in basketball; he was on his school’s team, and was apparently amongst the best players. Upon matriculating in 1968, he enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at which he also played for the university’s team. Dennis was a member of the fraternity Kappa Sigma, and during his four years of college didn’t plan on becoming an actor.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972, and spent the following nine years working various jobs, prior to launching his career on TV; he competed in the game-shows “Scrabble” and “Press Your Luck” in 1980, which is how he was scouted.
Roles in TV series
Dennis made his debut TV series appearance in the 1981 episode “Growing Up Is Hard to Do: Part 1” of the comedy “Archie Bunker’s Place”, and the remainder of the ‘80s saw him make a guest appearance in an episode or two of numerous series, including the action crime drama “Simon & Simon”, the drama “Cutter to Houston” and the comedy drama “Frank’s Place”.
Between 1993 and 2000, he reprised his role as Mr. Richard Belding in the family comedy “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, created by Sam Bobrick and Bennett Tramer, and which also starred Samantha Esteban and Dustin Diamond.
The series follows new students at Bayside High School, and it won three of the 14 awards for which it was nominated. Dennis then returned to guest starring, appearing in an episode of the mystery crime drama “The Practice”, the drama “The West Wing” and the family comedy “The Rerun Show”.
In 2009, he was cast to star as Martin Dewitt in the comedy “Acting School Academy”, and in 2011, Dennis appeared in three episodes of the comedy “Can’t Get Arrested”.
Three of his most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2016 episode “Sweet Valley Hell” of the comedy “This Isn’t Working”, the 2017 pilot episode of the comedy drama “I’m Dying Up Here” and the 2017 episode “Indian Food” of the comedy “Keys”.
Roles in movies
Dennis made his debut film appearance with his portrayal of Airline Attendant in the 1985 crime thriller drama “Deadly Intentions”, while a couple of his following roles were in the 1989 thriller “Eyewitness to Murder”, the 1990 drama “The Image”, and the 1992 comedy “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style”.
The year 1999 saw Dennis play one of the lead characters, Boyd Russell, in the adventure family comedy “The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes”, written and directed by Jeff Burr, and which also starred Bryan Neal and Dara Hollingsworth. It follows a boy who has been given powerful glasses by aliens, so that he could help them find an item hidden on Earth, which might destroy the planet if not found in time.
A couple of Dennis’ most notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2001 family crime comedy “Max Keeble’s Big Move”, the 2003 adventure fantasy comedy “Tangy Guacamole” and the 2008 comedy “Private High Musical”.
In 2011, he was cast to play Priest in the action comedy “The Legend of Awesomest Maximus”, directed by Jeff Kanew, and which starred Will Sasso, Kristanna Loken and Sophie Monk; it follows a Trojan general who has to fight a Greek warrior who has never been beaten before.
Three of Dennis’ most recent film roles have been in the crime horror drama “Enigma”, the action crime thriller “Abstruse” (lead role) both in 2019, and the 2020 family comedy “A Bennett Song Holiday”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming romantic drama “18”.
Dennis sang six songs in six episodes of the series “Saved by the Bell” between 1989 and 1992.
He could have been seen featured in various documentaries, most recently in the 2013 series “Total Divas”, the 2016 film “Gong, But Not Forgotten: The Original Johnny Blaze Story” and the 2018 movie “Tasteless”.
Dennis has made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, such as “Saturday Morning: From Tons to Teens”, “Hello Ross!” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
Awards and nominations
Dennis has been nominated for eight awards. In 2018, he was nominated for two Warsaw Independent Film Festival Prizes and two Sofia Independent Film Festival Low and No Budget Worldwide Cinema Awards, all for his performance in the action crime thriller “Abstruse”.
In 2020, he was nominated for two Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival Jury Awards and two Top Indie Film Summer Awards, all for his performance in “A Bennett Song Holiday”.
Love life and wife
Dennis prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but it’s still widely known that he was a married man. He was married to Sarah Dianne Goins, an American non-celebrity woman who prefers to stay away from media, which is why nothing about her is known; it’s said that she today has her own hair salon. The two haven’t shared any details concerning their marriage, but it’s believed that they married in the ‘80s, and spent close to 10 years together; Dennis and Sarah have a child together, whom they are keeping away from the media’s attention.
There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Dennis is bisexual, and that he has been in several relationship with men, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
As of November 2021, he seems to be single, was once married, and has a child.
Hobbies and other interests
Dennis is a huge fan of bowling, and is said to be quite good at the sport. Dennis is flattered to have a bowling tournament at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga named after him, and sends autographed material to the university each year, to be given to the tournament winners.
Travelling is his main hobby, and his acting career has taken him all around the world.
Dennis has been to more than 20 US states, several South American countries, as well as to various European and Asian countries; his dream travel destination is London in England.
He’s a lover of animals, and has had several pet dogs and cats.
Dennis has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne and Meryl Streep, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Catch Me If You Can”, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.
Age, height and net worth
Dennis’ age is 71. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.9m) and he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).
As of November 2021, Dennis’ net worth has been estimated at close to $1 million.