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Taye Diggs

Real name: Scott Diggs
Birthdate: January 2, 1972
Status: Married
Partner: Idina Menzel

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Biography

Taye Diggs (born Scott Diggs on January 2, 1971 in Rochester, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor.

Diggs was born in Rochester, New York. In Rochester 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 Arts degree in musical theater from 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-Broadway production of The Wild Party. Diggs also had a stint as Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago and temporarily filled in for Norbert Leo Butz (an original Rent standby) as the love interest Fiyero of Idina Menzel's character, Elphaba, 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. The following year he accepted roles as a tantric sex god in Doug Liman's Go. Audiences could next see him as an AWOL groom in 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.

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 February 2007, it was announced that he would star opposite Kate Walsh in Private Practice, the Fall 2007 spin-off of Grey's Anatomy. Also, although he has turned down the offer twice to flaunt his dancing skills on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, Diggs confirmed he will appear as one of the male contestants in the upcoming 2008 season.

Diggs married his Rent and Wild Party co-star (who also starred in Wicked when he was in the play), Broadway star Idina Menzel on January 11, 2003. They have a pet dog named “Sammy Davis, Jr.” and two cats named “Ella” and “Coltrane.”

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.



 


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