Taye Diggs Biography
Scott Leo ”Taye” Diggs is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the Broadway musicals Rent and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the TV series Private Practice and All American, the films How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Brown sugar, The Best Man and its sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Between 2014 and 2016 he starred as Inspector Terry English in Murder in the First.
How old is Taye Diggs? – Age
The American actor is 50 years old as of 2nd January 2021. He was born in 1971 in Newwark, New Jersey, United States.
Who are Taye Diggs Parents? – Father and mother
The American actor was raised and grew up in Rochester, New York. He is the son to, Marcia, who was a teacher and actress, and his father, Andre Young, is a visual artist. When he was a child, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, whose surname Taye took. His nickname, Taye, comes from the playful pronunciation of Scotty as “Scottay”.
Taye Diggs Siblings
The actor is not the only child in the family. He has five siblings and he is the oldest of five children. He has two brothers, Gabriel and Michael, and two sisters, Christian and Shalom. They were all raised together by his parents with love and support.
Taye Diggs Education
The actor attended Allendale Columbia school in Rochester and later transferred to school of Arts. He received a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. He performed many times at the popular Lakes Region Summer Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire.
Is Taye Diggs in a relationship? Spouse
No, the American actor is currently single. He was once a married man. He married actress Idina Menzel, his Rent co-star, on January 11, 2003. Diggs and Menzel separated after ten years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized on December 3, 2014. Latest, he was dating Selling Sunset cast member Amanza Smith for five years and separated in 2018.
Taye Diggs Child
The actor when in love with his wife, Idina they were blessed with a baby. His wife gave birth to a baby boy. Their son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, was born on September 2, 2009. In 2013, the couple separated after ten years of marriage.
Taye Diggs Career
The American actor originated the role of the landlord Benny in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, which also starred his future wife, Idina Menzel in 1996. He also played The Bandleader in the 2002 film version of the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago and filled in as Billy Flynn on Broadway. He also temporarily filled in for Norbert Leo Butz as the love interest Fiyero of Menzel’s Elphaba character in Wicked.
In 1998, the actor made his film debut in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, which brought Diggs much acclaim and exposure. He also starred in the 1999 remark of William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill. The actor was featured in an episode of America’s Next Top Model helping the contestants through an acting challenge. Another notable role of his was on the comedy-drama Ally McBeal as a lawyer named Jackson Duper who was the love interest of the character Renee Raddick and the possible love interest of the Ling Woo character.
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. In 2003, he 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.
In early 2006, the actor guest-starred for several episodes as Will Truman’s love interest, James, on the eighth season of Will & Grace. In May, 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 abruptly canceled due to poor ratings.
The actor 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. He had a guest role on The West Wing as a Secret Service agent in charge of the security detail for the President’s daughter. He then guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy again in the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice Crossover Event.
Diggs is the author of four children’s books, Mixed Me! (2015), Chocolate Me (2015), I Love You More Than… (2018), and My Friend! (2021), all illustrated by Shane Evans. The actor performed the role of the titular character Hedwig in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre from July 22, 2015 until the production’s closing on September 13, 2015.
In 2017, the actor appeared in the films ‘Til Death Do Us Part and My Little Pony: The Movie, where he voices Capper the cat. He has twice appeared on paramount Network’s reality competition series Lip Sync Battle and is the show’s only two-time winner.
He hosted the game show Hypnotize Me with hypnotist Keith Barry, based on Barry’s British program You’re Back in the Room. Hypnotize Me was originally shot for broadcast on FOX in 2016, but never aired on the network. The eight-episode series was eventually broadcast on The CW, in the summer of 2019.
Taye Diggs Net worth
The American actor has an estimated net worth of around $14 million as of 2021.