Name at birth: Scott DiggsTaye Diggs made his film debut as the pretty Jamaican stud who pursues Angela Bassett in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998, with Whoopi Goldberg). Taye Diggs was a Broadway song and dance man before he was a movie star, having appeared in a revival of Carousel (1994-95) and the original production of Rent (1996-97). Then came TV soap operas and his big splash opposite star Bassett. Diggs began a leading man type on TV and in films, all the while maintaining a New York stage career. On the big screen, he is known for House on Haunted Hill (1999, with Ali Larter); The Way of the Gun (2000, with Benicio Del Toro); Chicago (2002, starring Renee Zellweger); Equilibrium (2002, starring Christian Bale); and the 2005 film version of Rent. On television he had recurring guest roles in Ally McBeal (in 2001) and Will and Grace (in 2006), and starred in a number of series, including the medical drama Private Practice (2007-13), a spin-off of the TV series Grey's Anatomy.
Taye Diggs was once married to actress Idina Menzel, his co-star in Rent (2003-14). Their son, Walker Diggs, was born on 2 September 2009… Taye is a nickname, the short form of “Scott-TAY”… Taye Diggs is the co-founder of dre.dance, a non-profit dance theater group in New York… Some sources list Brooklyn or Rochester, New York as his birthplace, but his official biography from ABC television says he was born in New Jersey and raised in Rochester, New York.
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