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Taye Diggs

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Actor who all appeared in Lease and exactly how Stella Got Her Groove Back again. His other significant works consist of Chicago, Cake, Times of Wrath, as well as the Timber. He once proved helpful being a dancer at Tokyo Disneyland. He produced his tv debut as Stephon within a 1996 bout of NY Undercover. He performed Dr. Sam Bennett on it show Personal Practice. He wedded Lease co-star Idina Menzel in 2003, the few later acquired a son called Walker. In 2013, the few split after getting married for a decade. He became well-known for his function within the Broadway musical, Lease, along with film celebrity Rosario Dawson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Taye Diggs
Date Of Birth January 2, 1971
Place Of Birth Newark, NJ
Height 1.78 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education School of the Arts, Syracuse University, Allendale Columbia School
Nationality American
Spouse Idina Menzel
Children Walker Nathaniel Diggs
Parents Marcia Berry, Andre Young
Siblings Gabriel Diggs, Shalom Diggs, Michael Diggs, Christian Diggs
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Obie Award for Special Citations
Nominations People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Movies The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Brown Sugar, Baggage Claim, Rent, The Wood, Chicago, Equilibrium, Malibu's Most Wanted, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, House on Haunted Hill, The Way of the Gun, New Best Friend, Slow Burn, My Little Pony: The Movie, Between Us, Opening Night, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, Cake, Basic, Days of Wrath, Drum, 30 Days, Go, Return to House on Haunted Hill, 'Til Death Do Us Part, Celebrity Mix, One Shot
TV Shows Murder in the First, Private Practice, Day Break, Kevin Hill, Grey's Anatomy
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 Starting December 25th, he will be appearing in the musical, Wicked, in New York. His appearance will run until mid January. [December 2003]
2 Starring in Charles Fuller's "A Soldier's Play", at Second Stage Theater in New York City. The play will run through November 13th. [October 2005]
3 He will play "Captain Richard Davenport" in the upcoming Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway season opener, Charles Fuller's "A Soldier's Play". The play will premiere September 20, 2005. [September 2005]
4 His wife Idina Menzel gave birth to their first child, a boy named Walker Nathaniel Diggs, on September 3, 2009.
5 Taye and his wife, Idina Menzel, are expecting their first child, due later this year [March 31, 2009].
6 Began career as a performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
7 Married Idina Menzel at the same Jamacian resort where How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) was filmed.
8 Appeared on stage with his wife Idina Menzel in the shows: "Rent," "The Wild Party," and "Wicked.".
9 Has two younger brothers and two younger sisters.
10 Was a cast member at Tokyo Disneyland before he got the job in "Rent".
11 Won the role of "Winston Shakespeare" in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), even though the casting directors were searching for a tall black man with dreads.
12 Was called "Scottaye" by friends, then shortened his name to "Taye".
13 As of April, 2002 Taye is engaged to Broadway actress and singer Idina Menzel.
14 Portrayed Benny, the landlord and former friend of the main characters in the Tony Award winning stage production of "Rent," and repeated his role in the movie version, Rent (2005).
15 Graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in musical theater.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
House on Haunted Hill 1999 Eddie Baker
The Best Man 1999 Harper Stewart
The Wood 1999 Roland
Go 1999 Marcus
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 Winston Shakespeare
101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997 TV Series Dre
Law & Order 1996 TV Series Sky Bell
New York Undercover 1996 TV Series Stephon
Guiding Light 1952 TV Series Adrian 'Sugar' Hill (1997)
My Little Pony: The Movie 2017 post-production voice
Empire 2016 TV Series Angelo Dubois
Murder in the First 2014-2016 TV Series Terry English
Opening Night 2016/II Malcolm
NCIS 2016 TV Series Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis
Rosewood 2015-2016 TV Series Dr. Mike Boyce
Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant 2015 Rasta Cab Driver
The Good Wife 2014 TV Series Dean Levine-Wilkins
The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 Austin Moseley (uncredited)
The Best Man Holiday 2013 Harper
New Girl 2013 TV Series Artie
Baggage Claim 2013 Langston
Private Practice 2007-2013 TV Series Dr. Sam Bennett
Between Us 2012 Carlo
The Daly Show 2011 TV Series
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night 2010 Vargas
Sesame Street 2010 TV Series Taye Diggs
Our Family Wedding 2010 Whipped Friend (uncredited)
Black Panther 2010 TV Mini-Series Historical Panther #2
Better Off Ted 2009 TV Series Greg
The Super Hero Squad Show 2009 TV Series Black Panther
Grey's Anatomy 2007-2009 TV Series Dr. Sam Bennett
Days of Wrath 2008 Steve Laredo
Day Break 2006-2007 TV Series Detective Brett Hopper
30 Days 2006/I Jamal Boy
Will & Grace 2006 TV Series James Hanson
Rent 2005 Benjamin Coffin III
Cake 2005/I Hemingway Jones
Slow Burn 2005 Jeffrey Sykes
Kevin Hill 2004-2005 TV Series Kevin Hill
Drum 2004 Henry Nxumalo
The West Wing 2003 TV Series Secret Service Agent Wesley
Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 Sean James
Basic 2003 Pike
Chicago 2002 Bandleader
Equilibrium 2002 Brandt
Brown Sugar 2002 Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
Just a Kiss 2002 Andre (uncredited)
New Best Friend 2002 Sheriff Artie Bonner
Ally McBeal 2001 TV Series Jackson Duper
The Way of the Gun 2000 Jeffers

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Day Break 2006-2007 TV Series producer - 13 episodes
Kevin Hill 2004 TV Series producer - 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony 2012 TV Special performer: "Where or When"
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special performer: "Seasons of Love"
Will & Grace 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rent 2005 performer: "Seasons of Love", "Rent", "You'll See", "La Vie Boheme", "Goodbye Love", "Seasons of Love B Reprise", "La Vie Boheme B Reprise", "I'll Cover You Reprise/Seasons Of Love"
Chicago 2002 performer: "Overture/And All That Jazz" 1975

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The ABC Fall Preview Open House 2009 TV Movie special thanks
ABC Wednesday Night Starter Kit 2008 TV Movie special thanks
Straight Forward 2005/II Short special thanks
High Art 1998 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wendy Williams Show 2012-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Author, Mixed Me / Himself - Guest
Today 2005-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest 3rd Hour Co-Anchor / Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2016 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Name Game 2016 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Player
NCIS - Season 13: Heroes' Song 2016 Video short Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - The Good Wife / ...
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Himself
The Real 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Co-Host / Himself
The Talk 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Author, Mixed Me
Steve Harvey 2016 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Game Night 2016 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Player
Kocktails with Khloé 2016 TV Series Himself
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2015 TV Series Himself
The View 2004-2015 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter: The King and I
Repeat After Me 2015 TV Series Himself
The 8th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
From Broadway to Syracuse: The Journey of Arthur Storch 2014 Documentary short Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself - Unicef Imagine Campaign
Rachael Ray 2007-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host
CBS This Morning 2014 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 2014 TV Series Himself
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Conan 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself
Holiday Reunion: The Making of the Best Man Holiday Dvd-extra 2014 Video short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Katie 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Weekend Ticket 2013 TV Series short Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Insider 2013 TV Series Herself
Bethenny 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mommy Show 2013 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony 2012 TV Special Guest Performer
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Himself - At Elton John's Oscar Party
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter, Favorite TV Comedy Actor and Actress
When I Was 17 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Chelsea Lately 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
American Idol 2010 TV Series Himself - Audience Member
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series
11-04-08: The Day of Change 2009 TV Movie Himself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Performer
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
2007 American Music Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Score
Pepsi Smash Superbowl Bash 2007 TV Special Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series Himself
Starz on the Set: Rent 2006 TV Short Himself
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent' 2006 Video documentary Himself
36th NAACP Image Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter / Winner
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002-2005 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2003-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Early Show 2005 TV Series Himself
MADtv 2004 TV Series Himself
America's Next Top Model 2004 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Britney Spears: Greatest Hits - My Prerogative 2004 Video Himself (segment "Boys")
Hip-Hop Honors 2004 TV Special Himself
52 Most Irresistible Women 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2004 TV Series Himself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary, Best Cinematography
Essence Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
IFP Gotham Awards 2003 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Punk'd 2003 TV Series Himself
Abby Singer 2003 Himself
Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica 2003 TV Series Himself
ESPY Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Basic: A Director's Design 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Finding: 'Equilibrium' 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ed 2003 TV Series Himself
Media Whore 2002 Short Himself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
1999 MTV Movie Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The Chris Rock Show 1999 TV Series Himself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-1999 TV Series Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 TV Movie Himself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2007 TV Series Himself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Come Rain or Come Shine: From Grey's Anatomy to Private Practice 2007 TV Movie Dr. Sam Bennett
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies 2005 TV Movie Himself - Place #37

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast The Best Man Holiday (2013) · Eddie Cibrian
· Morris Chestnut
· Terrence Howard
· Harold Perrineau
· Regina Hall
· Sanaa Lathan
· Melissa De Sousa
· Nia Long
· Monica Calhoun
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Private Practice (2007)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Hill (2004)
2003 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Chicago (2002) · Christine Baranski
· Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
· Denise Faye
· Colm Feore
· Richard Gere
· Deidre Goodwin
· Mya
· Lucy Liu
· Queen Latifah
· Susan Misner
· John C. Reilly
· Dominic West
· Renée Zellweger
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
2003 Excellence in Filmmaking Award Chicago International Film Festival
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Chicago (2002) · Christine Baranski
· Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
· Denise Faye
· Colm Feore
· Richard Gere
· Deidre Goodwin
· Mya
· Lucy Liu
· Queen Latifah
· Susan Misner
· John C. Reilly
· Dominic West
· Renée Zellweger
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Horror House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Murder in the First (2014)
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Baggage Claim (2013) · Djimon Hounsou
· Adam Brody
· Jill Scott
· Derek Luke
· Lauren London
· Jenifer Lewis
· Terrence Jenkins
· Trey Songz
· Tia Mowry-Hardrict
· Boris Kodjoe
· La La Anthony
· Christina Milian
· Affion Crockett
· Paula Patton
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Private Practice (2007)
2011 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Drama Actor
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Private Practice (2007)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Private Practice (2007)
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song Rent (2005) · Tracie Thoms
· Jesse L. Martin
· Wilson Jermaine Heredia
· Idina Menzel
· Rosario Dawson
· Anthony Rapp
· Adam Pascal
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Rent (2005) · Jesse L. Martin
· Tracie Thoms
· Rosario Dawson
· Idina Menzel
· Anthony Rapp
· Adam Pascal
· Wilson Jermaine Heredia
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Rent (2005) · Jonathan Larson (music and lyrics by)
· Rosario Dawson (performed by)
· Idina Menzel (performed by)
· Jesse L. Martin (performed by)
· Adam Pascal (performed by)
· Tracie Thoms (performed by)
· Wilson Jermaine Heredia (performed by)
· Anthony Rapp (performed by)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Chicago (2002) · Christine Baranski
· Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
· Denise Faye
· Colm Feore
· Richard Gere
· Deidre Goodwin
· Mya
· Queen Latifah
· Lucy Liu
· Susan Misner
· John C. Reilly
· Dominic West
· Renée Zellweger
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Brown Sugar (2002)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Chicago (2002) · Christine Baranski
· Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
· Denise Faye
· Colm Feore
· Richard Gere
· Deidre Goodwin
· Mya
· Queen Latifah
· Lucy Liu
· Susan Misner
· John C. Reilly
· Dominic West
· Renée Zellweger
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Brown Sugar (2002) · Sanaa Lathan
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry Brown Sugar (2002) · Sanaa Lathan
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Ally McBeal (1997)
2000 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor The Best Man (1999)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Best Man (1999)
1999 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Actor How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Chicago (2002) · Richard Gere
· Renée Zellweger
· Catherine Zeta-Jones
· John C. Reilly
· Queen Latifah
· Dominic West
· Mya
· Colm Feore
· Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
· Denise Faye
· Lucy Liu
· Christine Baranski
· Susan Misner
· Deidre Goodwin

TitleSalary
Private Practice (2007) $100,000 per episode
Kevin Hill (2004) $80,000 per episode

#Quote
1 The Wood was about young people and the other one is more of a grown up movie.
2 You just don't see the same type of all-purpose entertainers nowadays.
3 I complained to my mother about wanting to look less like myself and more like my friends. My mother then gave me a lesson in embracing my differences and loving them despite what others said.
4 Like I went out to a predominantly black club last night and nobody said anything and I was wishing somebody would so that someone would dance with me.
5 The large ensemble cast and the fact that it was being shot in New York, combined with a lot of strong positive images as far as African Americans are concerned, really turned me on to The Best Man.
6 On the set I never know what day of the week it is.
7 One of my favorite films is 'Pretty Woman.'
8 The only tough thing is admitting to my wife how much a certain article of clothing costs.
9 The whole issue is that everyone would love to do theater, but it doesn't pay enough, so to do music theater on TV, that's the ultimate dream.
10 I'm going through a stage where the dumbest things make me bawl. I feel like I need to see a shrink.
11 I'm living my life and I found a woman who I love.
12 Live theater is my favorite of all the mediums that I have worked in, so I have every intention on coming back to Broadway.
13 My wife never throws anything at me that I can't handle.
14 Not one role that I've played has been written specifically for me.
15 I would love for film to go back to those days where you had to be able to do everything just to get by.
16 I'm a choreographer and I love watching 'The Bachelorette.'
17 I'm always singing and dancing and getting up in people's faces.
18 I'm always up for going back to the stage.
19 I'm awful with directions, and I'm not very handy around the house.
20 I failed chemistry. I almost failed algebra.
21 I jump at any chance to go back into theater.
22 I keep all my clothes on in House on Haunted Hill, Mary Jane's Last Dance, and The Way of the Gun.
23 I love apple juice.
24 I think I am less of a prankster and more of a jokester.
25 I've always been attracted to women who are assertive and have confidence - qualities older women possess. They've been on the Earth a little longer. They're more seasoned. They don't play games. They know what they want, and they're not afraid to tell you.
26 All my friends from my past would know me as Scott Diggs. Taye Diggs comes from Scott-taye. When I went to college I liked it because it was so different and I have an infatuation with nicknames.
27 It's a trip but it hasn't crossed over to the point where women are throwing their panties at me.
28 But then all that died down and as far as casting was concerned it didn't really matter that I had been on Broadway.
29 Growing up, I was a nerd. With actual taped eyeglasses.


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