July 08,2021

By Betti Halsell

Contributing Writer


According to Deadline and several different sources, it has been confirmed Suzzane Douglas, from Robert Townsends 90’s sitcom, “The Parent Hood,” has passed away at the age of 64. Douglas’ death was announced on Facebook, by her cousin Angie Tee.

The NAACP Image Award-winning actress was best known for her role as the family matriarch, Jerri Peterson on “The Parent ‘Hood” (1995–1999). She was acknowledged for her role as Amy Simms in the 1989 film, “Tap” a dance/drama project.

Within the announcement, Douglas’ cousin wrote, “Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today,” She continued,  “She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world…The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever.”

Director, Ava DuVernay also reflected on the award-winning starlet, and described her as “a quiet, elegant force.” They worked together  recently on the Netflix featured project, “When They See Us.”

Revolt TV captured actor, Robert Townsend’s reaction to the news, “Her regal bright light will be missed,”  The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Douglas appeared on television throughout generations, sculpting American prime-time television. 


Her most recent noted work includes “Bones” and “The Good Wife.” Other series Douglas graced with her presence include “The Parkers,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Touched by an Angel.”

Douglas also performed live, she embodied the role of Jenny Diver in “The Threepenny Opera.” Noting she was the first African American to take on that role; Douglas is a two-time Image Award winner, a Reel Award, and a Mary Martin Award recipient.

Douglas married neuro-radiologist Roy Jonathan Cobb in February 1989 and together they have one daughter. The segment will be updated as more information continues to unfold.

Category: Arts & Culture