Taye Diggs
Billy Baker

 

TAYE DIGGS

Billy Baker in “All American”

 

In The CW’s drama “All American,” Taye Diggs stars as Billy Baker, Crenshaw’s prodigal son and the new Head Football Coach at South Crenshaw High. A former NFL player who still struggles to reconcile his past and let go of his glory days, Billy is fighting to be a better man for his new team, his broken family and for himself. Returning home means facing the ghosts of his past if Billy wants to find success.

 

Diggs’ other television credits include “Empire,” “Murder In The First” (NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), “Private Practice” (NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor), “Rosewood,” “The Good Wife,” “Daybreak,” “Kevin Hill” (NAACP Image Award for Best Actor– Television), “Ally McBeal” (NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), “Will & Grace,” “Ed,” “The West Wing,” “New York Undercover” and “Law and Order.” Diggs also served as host of The CW’s summer series “Hypnotize Me,” and hosted the 23rd and 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards.

Diggs and collaborator Shane Evans recently released their third children’s book, “I Love You More Than.” The book follows up to his first two children’s books, “Chocolate Me” and “Mixed Me!,” through MacMillan Publishing. Their fourth children’s book collaboration titled “My Friend” is set to release in 2021.

An acclaimed stage actor, Diggs was the first Black man to star as the title role on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Additional theater credits include “A Soldier’s Play” (Second Stage Theatre), “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “The Wild Party” (Manhattan Theatre Club), “Rent” and “Carousel.”

Diggs made his feature film debut opposite Angela Bassett in the 1998 box office hit “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” His other film credits include “River Runs Red,” “Set It Up,” “The Best Man Wedding,” “One Shot,” “The Best Man Holiday,” “Baggage Claim,” “Rent,” “Chicago” (SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), “Brown Sugar” (NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture), “Equilibrium,” “Basic,” “The Way of the Gun,” “The Best Man” (NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture), “Just a Kiss,” “The House on Haunted Hill,” “Go,” “Drum,” “Cake” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted.”



 

January 2021