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Taye Diggs Biography:

This charismatic rising star made an auspicious film debut as Winston, the young Jamaican who falls for an older woman (Angela Bassett), in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998). Taye Diggs was born in New Jersey but raised in upstate New York. After earning a degree in musical theater at Syracuse University, he quickly landed his first professional job in Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed, non-traditionally cast revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" (1994). The striking Diggs followed with the featured role of the landlord Benny in Jonathan Larson's award-winning musical "Rent" (1995-96). While still appearing in the show, he found occasional TV roles including a 1996 episode of Fox's "New York Undercover" and a recurring part as a slick music producer on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light". Just about every young black actor wanted the role of Winston, but Diggs landed the part after a successful screen test. He went on to co-star in Doug Liman's "Go", alongside Sarah Polley and Katie Holmes, to play the reluctant groom in "The Wood", a comedy-drama about middle-class African-American youth and star in the titular role in the hit romantic comedy "The Best Man" (all 1999). He also raised his reconition quotient by appearing as attorney Jackson Duper--a love interest for Lucy Liu's character--in several episodes of "Ally McBeal" beginning in 2001

In 2002, Diggs portrayed Clerick Brandt in the sci-fi thriller "Equilibrium". He then puckered up for the comedy-romance feature "Just a Kiss," a film directed by Fisher Stevens; appeared with Sanaa Lathan as hip hop music producer Dre in the romantic comedy "Brown Sugar," for which he reunited with "The Wood" director Rick Famuiywa; and put his musical theater training to the test playing The Band Leader in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago."



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