An established star of film, television and theater, TAYE DIGGS (Harper) made his feature film debut starring opposite Angela Bassett in the box-office hit How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
Diggs is currently starring in Baggage Claim, a comedy about a flight attendant determined to get engaged before her youngest sister's wedding, with only 30 days to find Mr. Right.
Earlier this year, Diggs wrapped production after a six-season run on the ABC series Private Practice, in which he played Dr. Sam Bennett. Diggs led a stellar ensemble cast that included Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Audra McDonald and Amy Brenneman. In 2009, he was honored for his role with the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
Diggs' first children's book "Chocolate Me!" was published in 2011 by Feiwel and Friends. The book, which tells the story of a relentlessly teased child who learns to appreciate what sets him apart from his neighbors, is illustrated by Diggs' longtime friend Shane W. Evans.
In 2006, Diggs starred in and produced the ABC drama Day Break. The previous year, Diggs, who was part of the original Broadway cast, joined Idina Menzel, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin and Adam Pascal in the feature film presentation of the hit Broadway musical Rent. The same year, Diggs received stellar reviews for his portrayal of Captain Davenport in the Second Stage Theatre production of A Soldier's Play in New York. His performance earned a nomination for the Distinguished Performance Award from The Drama League.
In 2005, Diggs starred in the television series Kevin Hill on UPN. Diggs, who also served as a producer on the show, received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Diggs has created memorable characters in multiple guest appearances on hit television shows including Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Ed, The West Wing, New York Undercover and Law & Order.
In 2002, Diggs returned to his musical theater roots in Rob Marshall's Academy Award-winning film Chicago, with Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The cast was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture. Diggs also starred in Brown Sugar, opposite Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def, as well as the futuristic thriller Equilibrium. The following year, he starred in John McTiernan's military thriller Basic, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.
In 2000, Diggs appeared in The Way of the Gun, opposite Benicio Del Toro and James Caan. Diggs had a prolific year in 1999. He starred in Rick Famuyiwa's The Wood, as well as the romantic comedy The Best Man, which co-starred Nia Long and Morris Chestnut. His performance in The Best Man garnered him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Diggs' other film roles include Just a Kiss, alongside Marisa Tomei and Kyra Sedgwick; House on Haunted Hill; Doug Liman's Go, opposite Katie Homes and Timothy Olyphant; Drum; Cake; and Malibu's Most Wanted.
Diggs appeared on Broadway from late 2003 to early 2004, filling in for Norbert Leo Butz in the role of Fiyero in the Tony Award-nominated musical Wicked, and he has also appeared as Billy Flynn in the hugely popular musical Chicago. Previously, he starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party, which was the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Diggs' musical talents were first recognized in Broadway's critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rent, with his role as Benny the landlord. In 1994, his first job out of college was a coveted role in the ensemble cast of the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Carousel.
Born in New Jersey, Diggs grew up in Rochester, New York, attending the School of the Arts. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, where he studied theater and was discovered by an agent while performing in a showcase during his senior year in college.
Diggs resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Menzel, and son Walker.