|Born||September 28, 1962|
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||September 17, 2019 (aged 56)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, television host, comedian, radio host, author, minister, writer, producer, political activist|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Freed (divorced)|
(m. 2013; div. 2015)
Suzanne Whang (September 28, 1962 – September 17, 2019) was an American television host, comedian, radio host, author, minister, writer, producer, and political activist. She is best known for having been the host of the HGTV series House Hunters for nine years, and for her recurring role as manicurist Polly Chae on Las Vegas for four seasons. Suzanne also starred as Divina the maid / wannabe actress in the Here TV sitcom From Here on OUT.
Whang was Korean-American. Her parents were born in Seoul, South Korea. She was born in Arlington, Virginia. She held a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an M.Sc. degree in cognitive psychology from Brown University. As a graduate student, she conducted research with William H. Warren on visually guided action.
Whang completely recovered from stage 4 breast cancer, wrote and performed a solo show about her journey, and was writing a book about her experiences.
Whang died on September 17, 2019, in her Los Angeles home, after a 13-year battle with cancer.
Whang hosted House Hunters from 1999 to 2007 on Home and Garden Television and had a recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC's drama Las Vegas. She made her television debut as a "Road Warrior" (remote correspondent) on the FX network's two-hour morning show Breakfast Time in the 1990s, and later co-hosted the network's Pet Department.
In 2002, Whang won the Best Up & Coming Comedian Award at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, for her controversial alter ego character, Sung Hee Park.
She made a guest appearance on Criminal Minds in the episode "Poison" in a brief cameo as a local TV reporter.
- 1990: A Matter of Degrees as Student
- 1992: HouseSitter as Moseby's Secretary
- 1994: Personal fX: The Collectibles Show (TV Series) as Field Host
- 1994: Personal fX: Breakfast Time (TV Series) as Road Warrior
- 1996: Personal fX: The Pet Department (TV Series) as Co-Host
- 1996: Fox After Breakfast as Road Warrior
- 1999: V.I.P (TV Series) as Diana Lu
- 1998: New Attitudes as Co-Host
- 2000: 18 Wheels of Justice as N/A
- 2001: The Chronicle (TV Series) as Christy Kwan
- 2001: NYPD Blue (TV Series) as Dr. Kim
- 2001: Norm as Woman #3
- 2002: The Practice as Foreperson
- 2002: Robbery Homicide Division (TV Series) as Reporter
- 2002: Strong Medicine (TV Series) as Dr. Sporich
- 2002: Seoul Mates (short) as Sung Hee Park
- 2003: Melvin Goes to Dinner as Extra
- 2003: Date or Disaster as Sock Puppet Actor
- 2004: The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story as Second Reporter
- 2004 Still Standing (TV Series) as Patron
- 2004: Ring of Darkness as Television Reporter
- 2005-2008: Las Vegas (TV Series) as Polly Nguyen
- 2005: Nip/Tuck as Nurse Lee
- 2005: Edison as Medical Examiner
- 2005: Constantine as Mother
- 2005: Two and a Half Men as Anesthesiologist
- 2005: Now That's Funny (video)
- 2005: Traci Townsend as Rosa
- 2005: Fresh News (video short)
- 2006: Brothers & Sisters (TV Series) as Carly
- 2006: Material Girls as TV News Anchor
- 2006: Cold Case (TV Series) as Mrs. Lee
- 2006: Without a Trace as Linda Porter
- 2006: Boston Legal as Juror # 1
- 2006: Criminal Minds (TV Series) as Reporter
- 2009: Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money as Anchorwoman
- 2009: Twice as Dead as Courier Person
- 2010: The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Fern
- 2011: General Hospital as Carol Cheng
- 2013: Arrested Development (TV Series) as Olive Garden
- 2014: Anger Management (TV Series) as Bank Teller
- 2014: From Here on OUT as Divina Sung Hee (series regular)
- 2014: Hell's Kitchen as Herself (dining room guest)
- 2015: Kingdom (TV Series) as Dr. Lynn Bennett
- 2016: Angel from Hell as Woman
- 2017: The Mick (TV Series) as Dr. Frenkel / Female Doctor
- 2019: For the People (TV Series) as Lori Pak
- Warren, William H.; Whang, Suzanne (1987). "Visual guidance of walking through apertures: Body-scaled information for affordances". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 13 (3): 371–383. doi:10.1037/0096-15188.8.131.521. ISSN 1939-1277.
- "Suzanne Whang (1962-2019)". www.suzannewhang.com. Retrieved Sep 20, 2019.
- Julien, J. Gordon (Oct 25, 2013). "For Better and for Worse, Long Before the Wedding". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Television Host, Comedian Suzanne Whang Dies From Cancer At Age 56". September 20, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
- "So We Went to a Storytelling Event".[permanent dead link]
- "A Matter of Degrees (1990) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "New Attitudes". TV.com. Retrieved Sep 20, 2019.
- "Date or Disaster (2003) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Edison (2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Now That's Funny (Video 2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Fresh News (Video 2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money (TV Movie 2009) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Twice as Dead (2009) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.