Throwback Thursday: Celebrate Mario Lopez's Birthday with These Classic Slater Saved By the Bell Moments

Mario Lopez Birthday: Throwback Thursday Saved by the Bell
Mario Lopez
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10/09/2014 AT 04:15 PM EDT

Mario Lopez has a lot to celebrate this month. The Extra host recently released his memoir, Just Between Us, and is ringing in his 41st birthday on Friday.

The fitness enthusiast and former Dancing with the Stars contestant has done a lot with his time in the spotlight, but many still remember Lopez as Saved By the Bell's friendly, flexing jock A.C. Slater. Since Slater was always a bit of party animal – he loved busting a move at The Max – we're taking a look back at some classic Saved by the Bell moments to honor Lopez's big day.

Throw on your neon windbreaker and add a little more volume to your hair, it's time to go back to Bayside High.

A.C. Slater: Beauty Queen





In season two, Slater and Screech decide to enter their school's Miss Bayside pageant. While Kelly Kapowski obviously kills it, Slater's beloved muscles turn out to be less of a crowd pleaser than he'd hoped. Try the Strongman competition next time, buddy.

Trouble in Paradise



In a season two episode aptly named "The Fight," viewers see one of TV's best bromances almost foiled by a female. After falling for the same girl, Zack and Slater exchange words and punches until they are pulled apart. Luckily, the split doesn't last for long and the guys are back on good terms by the next episode.

Slater Saves the Day



Slater may have meathead tendencies, but he also has a heart of gold. The Bayside wrestler took a stand against bullying – and helped Zack win an important bet – when he stepped in to stop a competitor from harassing Screech in the episode "Pinned to the Mat."

Happy Feet



While Lopez's Slater is a great hero, friend and fighter, the Saved by the Bell character is at his best on the dance floor. Hit it, A.C.!


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Mario Lopez in 1991 and 2014

Photo Illustration by Linzi Silverman; Photos Provided by Getty



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