Arguably his most memorable role, Taye Diggs played the traitorous landlord Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III both on Broadway and in the 2005 film adaptation of “Rent”.
The conflicted villain turns his back on his band of Bohemian friends struggling to make ends meet in an effort to please his father-in-law.
The musical was praised for its inventive rock score and the inclusion of the HIV/AIDS crisis that swept New York in the '90s.
His amazing solo during the number “You’ll See” almost makes up for his shady shenanigans with Mimi… almost.
Taye’s first recurring television role was on the popular legal dramedy “Ally McBeal”.
His character Jackson Duper was brought in by the firm Cage and Fish as a ‘rainmaker’ – a lawyer who’s tasked with bringing in a substantial amount of new clients in a short amount of time.
While Taye had great chemistry with his fellow co-stars, he was eventually written off at the end of Season 4, leaving fans with little to no explanation within the context of the show.
Taye won a Critics’ Choice and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble cast of the 2002 film adaptation of “Chicago”.
As the Bandleader, he shared the screen with Hollywood heavy-hitters Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
His brief appearances peppered throughout the movie musical always left us wanting more – forget master of ceremonies, let the man sing!
Taye only appeared in one episode of “New Girl”, but boy was it an incredible cameo.
In the Season 3 episode entitled “Coach”, the 47-year-old played Artie – an over-zealous coffee shop owner and eligible bachelor who meets Jess and Cece during a girls’ night out.
His smooth moves and ridiculous bedroom behaviour led to some of the most comical moments of the entire series.
“Grey’s Anatomy” fans fondly remember Taye as Doctor Sam Bennett, who also appeared in the Shondaland spin-off “Private Practice”.
His roller-coaster relationships with both Naomi and Addison definitely brought the drama.
Taye remained a series regular throughout all six seasons, until the show’s final episode aired in 2013.
Taye starred alongside Academy Award winner Christian Bale in the 2002 sci-fi flick "Equilibrium".
The dark, dystopian tale has a cult following, thanks in part to the cinematic creation of Gun kata - a method of gun fighting influenced by martial art principles.
It falls into our guilty pleasure category - so bad, it's good.
'The Best Man'
Taye served as the star of the 1999 NAACP award-winning movie “The Best Man”.
The rom-com follows his character Harper Stewart, whose debut novel threatens to derail his best friend's wedding.
Taye reprised his role in the film's sequel, 2013's "The Best Man Holiday".
You know you've done something right when Taraji P. Henson personally requests you to play her love interest.
Taye joined the cast of "Empire" in Season 3, taking on the role of Angelo Dubois - an affluent politician who falls for Queen Cookie Lyon.