American actress, Suzzanne Douglas, known for her leading role in the sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood” has passed away at the age of 64.
Angie Tee, reported to be a cousin of the late actress, broke the news of Douglas’ death on Facebook July 6. In her post she wrote:
“Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin.
“I can remember growing up, there weren’t very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in “Tap” starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric and so much more the list goes on. The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane you will be missed RIP.“
Douglas was born in Chicago, the youngest of four children raised by a single mother on the South Side.
She became interested in acting at an early age, citing The Sound of Music as one of her earliest inspirations.
She started her career in the early 1980s with appearances on the soap opera “Guiding Light” before her feature debut as Amy Simms in the 1989 film “Tap”, alongside Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.
She won an NAACP Image Award for her performance, and she also starred on the TV show Against the Law and I’ll Fly Away.
Her other movie roles included “Jason’s Lyric”, “The Inkwell”, “I’ll Do Anything” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” before landing the role of Jerri Peterson in ‘The Parent ‘Hood’, which ran on The WB for four seasons from 1995 to 1999.
She also portrayed the mother of Maryam Hassan’s Tomika in “School of Rock” and most recently as Grace Cuffee in the Netflix series “When They See Us”.
Her final role was in the 2020 movie “Really Love” alongside Uzo Aduba, Michael Ealy and Naturi Naughton.
She is survived by her husband, neuro-radiologist Roy Jonathan Cobb, who she was married to since February 1989, and their daughter.