Taye Diggs (born Scott Diggs on January 2, 1971 in Rochester, N.Y.) is an accomplished stage, film and television actor.
Born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Rochester, where he attended The School of The Arts. Diggs received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater from Syracuse University.
He has performed many times at the popular Lakes Region Summer Theatre in Meredith, N.H. Diggs' debut was in the ensemble cast of the five-time Tony Award-winning 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 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 in Wicked.
Diggs then moved from stage to television, with a role on the soap opera Guiding Light. In 1998, his film debut came 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. 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 TV series Kevin Hill. He reprised the role of Benny for the 2005 Rent film. He is featured on the following cast recordings: Carousel 1994 revival cast; Rent 1996 original Broadway cast; The Wild Party (Lippa version) original off-Broadway cast. He also sings on the Rent film soundtrack.
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 2006, 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 cancelled due to poor ratings. Although his film and TV career continues to move forward, he still returns to the stage frequently.
In February 2007, it was announced that he would star opposite Kate Walsh in Private Practice, the spin-off of Grey's Anatomy.
Taye Diggs is the oldest of five children; he has two brothers and two sisters. Diggs is married to his Rent and Wild Party co-star (who also starred in Wicked when he was in the play), Idina Menzel. Married in 2003, they have a pet dog, Sammy Davis, Jr. and two cats named Ella and Coltrane.