- Taye Diggs
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Idina Menzel(January 11, 2003 - present)
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Taye Diggs (born Scott L. Diggs;
January 2, 1971) is an American theatre, filmand television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Broadway musical "Rent", the motion picture " How Stella Got Her Groove Back", and the television series " Private Practice".
Diggs was born in
New Jersey, [ [http://abc.go.com/primetime/privatepractice/index?pn=bio&t=character&d=25009#t=actor&d=25013 Private Practice - Home - ABC.com ] ] the son of Marcia (née Berry), a teacher and actress, and Jeffries Diggs. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/75/Taye-Diggs.html Taye Diggs Biography (1972?-) ] ] He was raised in Rochester, New York, where he attended The School of The Arts. He is the oldest of five children; he has two brothers and two sisters. Diggs received a Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree in musical theaterfrom Syracuse University. He performed many times at the popular Lakes Region Summer Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire. Diggs's Broadway debut was in the ensemble cast of the 1994 Tony Award-winning revival of the musical "Carousel".
In 1996, he got his big break, originating the role of the nasty landlord Benny in
Jonathan Larson's Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rent". After "Rent" he appeared as Mr. Black alongside Idina Menzel's Kate in Andrew Lippa's off-Broadwayproduction of "The Wild Party". Diggs also played Billy Flynnin the long-running Broadway revival of "Chicago" and temporarily filled in for Norbert Leo Butz(an original "Rent" standby) as the love interest Fiyeroof Idina Menzel's Elphabacharacter in "Wicked".
Diggs then moved from stage to television, with a role on the
soap opera" Guiding Light". In 1998, he made his film debut in " How Stella Got Her Groove Back". This movie brought Diggs much acclaim and exposure. The following year he played a tantric sex god in Doug Liman's "Go", and an AWOL groomin the coming-of-age drama " The Wood". Malcolm D. Lee's "The Best Man" features Diggs as the titular character, an author and best friend of the groom (portrayed by Morris Chestnut). He also starred in the remake of William Castle's "The House on Haunted Hill". Taye Diggs was featured in an episode of " America's Next Top Model", to help the contestants through an acting challenge.
Diggs portrayed the title character on the short-lived
UPN television series" Kevin Hill". He reprised the role of Benny for the 2005 "Rent" film. Diggs is featured on the following cast recordings: "Carousel" 1994 revival cast; "Rent" 1996 original Broadway cast; "The Wild Party" original off-Broadway cast. He also sings on the "Rent" film soundtrack.
In 2003, Diggs was on "
Punk'd" after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher, while getting a check-up at a "Punk'd"-operated doctor's office. In early 2006, Diggs guest-starred for several episodes as Will Truman's love interest, James, on the final season of " Will & Grace". In May, ABC picked up his pilot, " Day Break", in which he portrayed a detective trapped in the same day and forced to relive it to clear his name of murder; the show debuted in mid-November 2006, but was abruptly canceled due to poor ratings. Although his film and television career continues to move forward, he still returns to the stage frequently. Most recently he was seen alongside James McDanielin Charles Fuller's "A Soldier's Play" at Second Stage Theatrein New York.
Diggs co-stars opposite Kate Walsh in "
Private Practice", the fall 2007 spin-off of " Grey's Anatomy". [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070222/tv_nm/taye_dc_1] ] Diggs had a guest role on "The West Wing" as a secret service agent in charge of the security detail for the president's daughter.
Diggs married his "Rent", "Wild Party", and "Wicked" Broadway co-star
Idina Menzelon January 11, 2003after dating for 7 years. They have a Yorkshire Terrier named Sammy Davis, Jr. and two cats named Ella and Coltrane, who they call their "jazz cats."
How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) .... Winston Shakespeare
*"Go" (1999) .... Marcus
The Wood" (1999) .... Roland
*"The Best Man" (1999/I) .... Harper Stewart
House on Haunted Hill" (1999) .... Eddie Baker
The Way of the Gun" (2000) .... Jeffers
New Best Friend" (2002) .... Artie Bonner
Just a Kiss" (2002) .... Andre
*"Brown Sugar" (2002) .... Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
*"Equilibrium" (2002) .... Andrew Brandt
*"Chicago" (2002) .... The Bandleader
*"Basic" (2003) .... Pike
Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003) .... Sean (aka Blood Bath)
*"Drum" (2004) ....
*"Rent" (2005) .... Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III
Slow Burn" (2007) ... Jeffrey Sykes
Days of Wrath" (2008) ... Steve Lerato
Ally McBeal" (1997) TV Series .... Jackson Duper (2001)
Punk'd" (2003) TV Series (one episode) .... Himself
*"The West Wing" (2003) TV Series (two episodes) .... Wesley Davis
Kevin Hill" (2004-2005) TV Series (lead role) .... Kevin Hill
America's Next Top Model" (2004) TV Series (one episode, season 3) .... Himself
*"Cake" (2006) (TV) .... Hemingway Jones
Will & Grace" (2006) TV Series (five episodes) .... James
Day Break" (2006-2007) TV Series (lead role) .... Detective Brett Hopper
Grey's Anatomy" (2007) TV Series (two episodes) ....Sam Bennet
Private Practice" (2007-present) TV Series ....Sam Bennet
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