More Taye Diggs Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Just a Kiss)Rising star Taye Diggs made his feature film debut starring opposite Angela Bassett in the romantic hit How Stella Got Her Groove Back and since then has turned heads in every role he has chosen. Forthcoming for the perpetually busy Diggs are such films as John McTiernan's Basic with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson; the futuristic thriller Equilibrium, directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Jan de Bont and Lucas Foster; the urban comedy Brown Sugar and Chicago: The Musical.
Most recently, Diggs starred in the college murder mystery New Best Friend with Dominique Swain and Mia Kirshner. Previously Diggs was seen in the hostage crisis thriller The Way of the Gun, directed and written by Chris McQuarrie and starring with Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillipe, James Caan and Benicio Del Toro.
Diggs also received much acclaim for his lead role in 1999's romantic comedy, The Best Man. The film, co-starring Nia Long, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau Jr., received rave reviews and has since gone on to become one of the top ten highest grossing African-American films in history. He also starred in the blockbuster thriller The House on Haunted Hill. Other credits include Rick Famuyiwa's The Wood with Omar Epps and Richard T. Jones; and Doug Liman's critically acclaimed Go.
On television this last season, Diggs also took a memorable starring role as Jackson Duper on David E. Kelly's hit Ally McBeal.
Last Spring, Diggs made his return to the stage in the Manhattan Theater Club's The Wild Party, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Diggs' talent was first recognized in Broadway's critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning play Rent, with his role as Benny the landlord. His first job out of college, in 1994, was a coveted role in the ensemble cast of the five-time Tony Award winning play Carousel, in which he also worked as an understudy.
Born in New Jersey, he grew up in Rochester, New York attending High School of the Arts. He received his BFA 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.
Bio courtesy Paramount Classics for "Just a Kiss" (05-Oct-2002)