Anthony Ruivivar, Yvonne Jung and Michael Beach decided to stop following the crowd of whiny actors who complain about the lack of work in Hollywood and create their own "out of the box" material. Ingenuity, drive and today's film technology are what lead them to push the boundaries of Blaxsploitation films and smash it together with the outrageous modern day comedy. Diggs Booty is the result of that drive and imagination to create 2010's only street-breed badass Superhero.
The "Diggs Booty" project was born out of a desire to create original material, free of the distractions (and
limitations) of the "Studio" system. It's written, produced, directed, shot, scored, and performed all by the
main members and associates of the company. With the advent of HD cameras and Final Cut, the group
have managed to produce high quality content, in a grass roots environment. The combination of years
of professional experience and a need to explore different mediums provides a big package in a brick and mortar
Anthony Ruivivar, (Creator/Writer/Producer/Actor)
Though born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Anthony Ruivivar received his bachelor of fine arts degree 6,000 miles away at Boston University. After graduating he made Manhattan his home, setting roots in New York Theatre and film. In his first TV series, Ruivivar's portrayal of paramedic Carlos Nieto in John Wells' award winning "Third Watch," earned him an Image award nomination and high praise from critics and fans alike. Third Watch ran for an amazing six years. He next starred in the ABC drama "Traveler," playing FBI agent Gillermo Borjes who lead an investigation into the second largest terrorist attack on American soil.
Mr. Ruivivar's feature-film credits include the critically praised "High Art" as well as "In & Out," cult favorite "Starship Troopers," (directed by Paul Verhoven), "Simply Irresistible" (with Sarah Michelle Gellar), "Race the Sun" (with Halle Berry) and "White Fang II" (directed by Ken Olin). He's just finished the independent features "Saturn" (with Mia Kirshner,) "Swimming,"(with Lauren Ambrose,) "Cash Crop" with James Van Der Beek and "Play Dead" (with Chris Klein and Fred Durst). As of late, Anthony just completed "Tropic Thunder" (with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Jack Black) and "Perfect Getaway" with Milla Jojovich and Steve Zahn. He'll next be seen in "the Adjustment BureauMr. Ruivivar's feature-film credits include the critically praised "High Art" as well as "In & Out," cult favorite "Starship Troopers," (directed by Paul Verhoven), "Simply Irresistible" (with Sarah Michelle Gellar), "Race the Sun" (with Halle Berry) and "White Fang II" (directed by Ken Olin). He's just finished the independent features "Saturn" (with Mia Kirshner,) "Swimming,"(with Lauren Ambrose,) "Cash Crop" with James Van Der Beek and "Play Dead" (with Chris Klein and Fred Durst). As of late, Anthony just completed "Tropic Thunder" (with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Jack Black) and "Perfect Getaway" with Milla Jojovich and Steve Zahn. He'll next be seen in "the Adjustment Bureau opposite Matt Damon and Emily Blunt currently filming in NYC. opposite Matt Damon and Emily Blunt currently filming in NYC.
Early on the actor had a recurring role on the daytime drama "All My Children" and has guest-starred on "Law & Order," "Medical Investigation", "Numb3rs," "Criminal Minds", "Close to Home" and "Lie to Me." Ruivivar maintains his roots in New York Theater as a member of both the Imua! Theater Company and Circle East, formerly known as the Circle Repertory Theatre. Anthony recently directed and co-wrote his first play -- SAFE -- which played to sold out houses at the Jose Quintero Theatre in New York City, garnering him critical acclaim and a publishing deal with Samuel French.
Yvonne Jung, (Co-Creator/Producer/Actor)
Yvonne Jung is best known for playing the quirky paramedic Holly Levine on NBC's "Third Watch". Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ms. Jung grew up in Canada, Germany, England, and Boston. As a kid she attended more that 20 different schools and moved countless times. Although Jung excelled academically, she was in International Baccalaureate Program in high school; she chose to go into the arts. Ms. Jung did her first professional show at the age of ten, playing the title character in the critically acclaimed "Joe Egg". As a young teen she spent several years studying to be a professional ballerina at the world-renowned John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany. She is fluent in German.
Jung attended Boston University School for the Arts and earned a BFA in acting before moving to NYC. Some of her many New York theater credits include: Darlene in "Balm in Gilead", L'il Bit in "How I Learned to Drive", Sabina in "Safe", Lula in "The Dutchman" and Desdemona in "Goodnight Desdemona". She's a member of Imua! Theater Company and Circle East (formerly Circle Rep). Jung played Nicole in the award winning CBC pilot "When Your Parents Split". She's guest starred on "ER", "Sopranos", "Medical Investigation" "Law and Order" and "Criminal Minds".
MICHAEL BEACH, (Co-Creator/Writer/Producer/Title Character)
Michael Beach was trained for the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Two weeks after graduation, Beach played best friends with Wesley Snipes in "Streets of Gold", then best friends with Kevin Bacon in "End of The Line", also starring Holly Hunter. A string of films followed, including "Suspect" with Cher and Dennis Quaid, "Lean on Me" with Morgan Freeman, "Late For Dinner" with Peter Berg and "In A Shallow Grave" with Patrick Dempsey.
Beach has been killed with the best of them. In James Cameron's "The Abyss", he found a watery grave, then surrounded by feathers after being shot in Tony Scott's "True Romance", and shot again while Andy Garcia and Richard Gere used him, one against the other, in "Internal Affairs". Finally, after killing many himself, Bill Paxton gets the best of him in Carl Franklin's critical success, "One False Move".
Other film credits include "Bad Company" with Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin; "White Man's Burden" with John Travolta; "Waiting to Exhale", in which he played Angela Bassett's husband, "Soul Food" where he played Vanessa Williams' husband and "A Family Thing" where, believe it or not, Robert Duvall was Beach's uncle and James Earl Jones, his dad.
Most recent films include, "First Sunday" with Ice Cube, "Hell Ride" a throw back biker film produced by Quentin Tarantino and "Play Dead" with Fred Durst. In 2009, Michael will star in "Pastor Brown", a drama that deals with the inner workings of the black church and in 2010 will be in the feature "Red Dawn".
In addition to his work in film, Beach has numerous television credits, some of which include "Open Admissions" with Jane Alexander, "Shannon's Deal", a series created by John Sayles, "Rebound" an HBO film with Don Cheadle, Forrest Whitaker, James Earl Jones and directed and starring Eriq La Salle, "Gabriel's Fire", again with James Earl Jones and a CBS cop series called "Under Suspicion". Beach was a recurring starship captain in the Sci-Fi channels' "Stargate Atlantis" and had a major recurring role on NBC's "ER" for three years and was a regular for five years on NBC's "Third Watch". In 2009, Beach starred in the Hallmark Channel's "Relative Stranger" about a family's struggle to reconnect to each other after a tragedy. He shares the screen once again with Eriq La Salle and Cicely Tyson. He's guest starred on "Criminal Minds", "Law & Order", "Law & Order SVU", "Shark", "Numb3ers", "Without A Trace", "Quantum Leap" among others.