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Taye Diggs



As the dignified and relentlessly photogenic object of Angela Bassett's affections in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Taye Diggs made an immediate and unforgettable impression on legions of filmgoers. Diggs came to film by way of the theater. Born in 1971 in New Jersey, he was raised as the oldest of five children in Rochester, NY. After earning a B.F.A. in musical theater from Syracuse University, he made his way to Broadway, debuting in the Tony-winning production of Carousel.



In 1996, Diggs got his big break, originating the role of the nasty landlord, Benny, in Jonathan Larson's Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent. He then moved from stage to television, with a role on Guiding Light, and in 1998 he made his film debut in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The excitement surrounding Diggs' performance netted him both media exposure and more work, and the following year he could be seen in no less than four films. First up was his turn 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 featured Diggs as another member of the wedding, this time as the titular best man suffering from his own pre-wedding jitters; finally, he starred as a guest at Geoffrey Rush's allegedly haunted mansion in the remake of William Castle's The House on Haunted Hill.



In 2001, Diggs returned to the small-screen with a recurring role on Fox's Ally McBeal. And when subsequent film roles in such unsuccessful projects as Equilibrium, Basic, and Malibu's Most Wanted did his career no good, he decided to try on a full-time television gig with Kevin Hill. Premiering in 2004 on UPN, the primetime drama starred Diggs in the title role, a fast-living bachelor who finds his life turned upside down with the unexpected introduction of an infant. In 2006, after a stint as the title character's gay boyfriend on the final season of Will & Grace, Diggs gave TV stardom another shot as a cop trapped in a time loop in the high-concept, 24-esque Day Break, but the show was yanked after a handful of episodes. His TV career was finally resuscitated by the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice, in which he was cast in the role of Sam Bennett, an internist trying to survive the medical and romantic entanglements at the Oceanside Wellness Center. Later, the actor would play the role of Vargas in the live adaptation of the comic Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, and narrate The Fab Five, a documentary following five famous basketball players from the University of Michigan. In 2013, he reprised his role of Harper Stewart in The Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Diggs returned to television the next year, starring in Steven Bochco's Murder in the First, and booking a recurring role on The Good Wife.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Opening Night
  • Malcolm
2016
No Score Yet Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant
  • Rasta Cab Driver
2015
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Play All Day With Elmo
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3
  • Actor
2015
69% The Best Man Holiday
  • Harper Stewart
2013
14% Baggage Claim
  • Langston
2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall
  • Austin Moseley
2013
8% Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
  • Vargas
2011
13% Our Family Wedding
  • Brad's Friend
2010
No Score Yet 11.04.08: The Day Of Change
  • Actor
2008
12% Slow Burn
  • Jeffrey Sykes
2007
No Score Yet 30 Days
  • Jamal Boy
2006
No Score Yet Cake
  • Hemingway Jones
2006
46% Rent
  • Benjamin Coffin III
2005
86% Drum
  • Henry Nxumalo
2005
31% Malibu's Most Wanted
  • Sean
2003
21% Basic
  • Pike
2003
86% Chicago
  • Bandleader
2002
38% Equilibrium
  • Brandt
2002
66% Brown Sugar
  • Dre
2002
18% Just a Kiss
  • Andre
2002
5% New Best Friend
  • Artie Bonner
2002
48% The Way of the Gun
  • Jeffers
2000
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Eddie
1999
No Score Yet The Bestman
  • Actor
1999
72% The Best Man
  • Harper Stewart
1999
61% The Wood
  • Roland
1999
No Score Yet Celebrity Mix
  • Actor
1999
92% Go
  • Marcus
1999
48% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Winston Shakespeare
1998
No Score Yet Playa' Pack
  • Actor
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Sgt. Aaron Davis
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Jackson Duper
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Sky Bell
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2014-2016
  • Terry English
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
93% New Girl
2011
  • Artie
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Wesley Wesley Davis
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Repeat After Me
2015
  • Appearing
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Day Break
2006
  • Producer
  • Det. Brett Hopper
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Dean Levine-Wilkins
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
7% Rosewood
2015
  • Dr. Mike Boyce
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
88% Better Off Ted
2009-2010
  • Greg
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Sam Bennett Sam
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Sam Bennett
86% Empire
2015
  • Angelo Dubois Angelo DuBois
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • James

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