26 Facts About Taye Diggs


Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, New York.

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Taye Diggs's mother, Marcia, was a teacher and actress, and his father, Andre Young, is a visual artist.

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Taye Diggs has two brothers, Gabriel and Michael, and two sisters, Christian and Shalom.

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Taye Diggs attended Allendale Columbia School in Rochester and later transferred to School of the Arts.

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Taye Diggs received a BFA in musical theater in 1993 from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Taye Diggs performed many times at the popular Lakes Region Summer Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire.

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Taye Diggs spent the summer of 1992 at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire.

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In 1996, Taye Diggs originated the role of the landlord Benny in Jonathan Larson's Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, which starred his future wife, Idina Menzel.

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Taye Diggs played The Bandleader in the 2002 film version of the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago and filled in as Billy Flynn on Broadway.

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Taye Diggs temporarily filled in for Norbert Leo Butz as the love interest Fiyero of Menzel's Elphaba character in Wicked.

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Taye Diggs then moved from stage to television with a role on the soap opera Guiding Light.

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Taye Diggs starred in the 1999 remake of William Castle's House on Haunted Hill.

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Taye Diggs was featured in an episode of America's Next Top Model helping the contestants through an acting challenge.

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Taye Diggs portrayed the title character on the short-lived UPN television series Kevin Hill which despite critical acclaim was not renewed for a second season.

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Taye Diggs is featured on the following cast recordings: Carousel 1994 revival cast; Rent 1996 original Broadway cast; The Wild Party original off-Broadway cast.

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In 2003, Taye Diggs appeared on the TV show 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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Taye Diggs was seen opposite James McDaniel in Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play at Second Stage Theatre in New York.

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Taye Diggs co-starred as Sam Bennett opposite Kate Walsh in Private Practice, the spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, which ran for six seasons from 2007 until 2013.

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Taye 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.

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Taye Diggs had a major role in the live action adaptation of the comic Dylan Dog: Dead of Night .

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Taye Diggs narrated the ESPN Films documentary The Fab Five about University of Michigan basketball players Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson.

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Taye Diggs is one of the stars of the independent film drama Between Us that won the grand jury prize at the 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival among its other festival appearances.

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From 2014 until 2016, Taye Diggs starred in the TNT serial crime drama Murder in the First with Kathleen Robertson.

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In 2017, Taye Diggs appeared in the films 'Til Death Do Us Part and My Little Pony: The Movie, where he voices Capper the cat.

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Taye Diggs has twice appeared on Paramount Network's reality competition series Lip Sync Battle and is the show's only two-time winner.

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Taye Diggs hosted the game show Hypnotize Me with hypnotist Keith Barry, based on Barry's British program You're Back in the Room.

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