Diggs at the White House in 2016
|Born||Daveed Daniele Diggs
January 24, 1982
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University (AB)|
|Occupation||Actor, rapper, singer|
Daveed Daniele Diggs (born January 24, 1982) is an American actor, rapper and singer. He is the vocalist of the experimental hip hop group Clipping and originated the role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the 2015 musical Hamilton, for which he won a Grammy Award and Tony Award.
Diggs was born in Oakland, California. He has described his mother as Jewish and his father as African-American. His parents named him "Daveed," the Hebrew pronunciation of David. Diggs has said, "'David' means beloved in Hebrew... They spelled it with two E's because my dad liked the look of it." His parents' ethnic/racial identities have contributed to his own self-identification: "The cultures never seemed separate--I had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad's side too."
Diggs is an alumnus of Berkeley High School and Brown University, where he graduated in 2004, with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts. An elite athlete, he was originally recruited for his track skills, and excelled in the sport at Brown, while earning a degree in theatre. Diggs broke the Brown Bears' school record in the 110 meter hurdles as a sophomore, when he finished with a time of 14.21 seconds.
Diggs performed in a lot of experimental theatre early on, most notably when he was on the national tour for Marc Bamuthi Joseph's choreopoem, Word Becomes Flesh, about a nine-month pregnancy, through the eyes of a young, single father. Aside from his experimental work, he frequently performed in regional Shakespeare productions.
Lin-Manuel Miranda later invited Diggs to read and hear early versions of Hamilton. Diggs was impressed by Miranda's demos and obvious passion for the project, and saw that the concept was a perceptive use of the rap-musical medium. He became part of the musical and played the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette off-Broadway in 2015, continuing with the roles when the show was moved to Broadway later in the year. For his performance, Diggs won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, as well as a 2016 Grammy Award for the cast album.
Diggs played his final performance in the show on July 15, 2016.
Diggs is the vocalist of and writer for the experimental hip-hop and rap group clipping. The group was founded by William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes in 2009, with Diggs joining in 2010. The trio ultimately self-released their first mixtape album midcity in 2013 to fairly positive reviews, leading them to be signed to Sub Pop. They released their album CLPPNG in 2014, which was promoted with their CLPPNG Tour. In 2016, they released an EP titled Wriggle, followed by the album Splendor & Misery.
He is also a member of True Neutral Crew, alongside Brian Kinsman, Margot Padilla and Signor Benedick the Moor. The group have released two EPs, #MONSANTO (2013)[better source needed] and 2014's #POPPUNK, as well as Live, a 20-minute short film of a live performance. They released their debut album soft rules in 2016.
In 2010 he made a duo album with Rafael Casal titled The BAY BOY Mixtape. Two years later, in 2012, he released his first solo rap album, Small Things to a Giant, composed of entirely original music he had written. As of 2016, Diggs has been working on a new solo rap release, set for release toward the end of 2016 or early in 2017.
Diggs served as an executive producer of the ABC series The Mayor. In addition, he wrote original music for it, as well as guest starring on it. He will also star in the upcoming television adaption of Snowpiercer.
|2005||Temptation||Dr. Henry Foustka||Custom Made Theatre Company|
|2006||Two Rooms||Walker Harris||Custom Made Theatre Company|
|2006||The Tempest||Ferdinand / Caliban||San Francisco Shakespeare Festival|
|2007||Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train||Angel Cruz||San Francisco Playhouse|
|2007||Six Degrees of Separation||Paul||San Francisco Playhouse|
|2008||Troilus and Cressida||Troilus||Pacific Repertory Theatre|
|2010||Red Light Winter||Matt||Custom Made Theatre Company|
|2010||Mirrors in Every Corner||Watts||Intersection for the Arts|
|2010||In the Red and Brown Water||The Egungun||Marin Theatre Company|
|2011||Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine||Flow Barnes Calles||The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre|
|2012||A Behanding in Spokane||Toby||San Francisco Playhouse|
|2015||Hamilton||Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson||The Public Theater|
|2015-2016||Richard Rodgers Theatre|
|2010||Rock Hard: The Rise and Fall of Sexual Detergent||Neil Davis||Short film|
|2012||Yoga Boner||Daveed||Short film|
|2016||Zootopia||N/A||Writer and performer: "Parlez-Vous Rap"|
|2017||Wonder||Mr. Thomas Browne|
|2018||Blindspotting||Collin||Post-production; also writer|
|2014||Hobbes and Me||Hobbes||8 episodes; web series|
|2015-2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Counselor Henderson||2 episodes|
|2016-2017||The Get Down||Adult Ezekiel Figuero||10 episodes|
|2016-2017||Black-ish||Johan Johnson||9 episodes|
|2017||Sesame Street||Mr. Noodle's Brother||Episode: "Elmo Comes Clean"|
|2017||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Perry||3 episodes|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Slim Robinson||Television film|
|2017||The Mayor||Mac Etcetera||Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer|
|2018||Snowpiercer||Layton Well||Upcoming series|
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|2015||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Hamilton||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Outstanding Debut Performance||Won|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|Fred and Adele Astaire Award||Best Male Dancer||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Favorite Funny Performance||Nominated|
|Favorite Breakthrough Performance (male)||Won|