Suzzanne Douglas

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Suzzanne Douglas
Born (1957-04-12) April 12, 1957 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Illinois State University
Manhattan School of Music
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Roy Jonathan Cobb (m. 1989)
Children 1

Suzzanne Douglas (born April 12, 1957) is an American actress.[1] She is best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on the WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood,[1] starring Robert Townsend which ran from 1995-1999. Douglas has starred in several motion pictures, among them Tap, where she co-starred with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr, How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett and Regina King, Jason's Lyric with Forest Whitakker, The Inkwell with Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as the Disney/ABC version of Sounder with Carl Lumbley.


Born in Chicago, Douglas has numerous television guest star appearances, most recently The Good Wife. Douglas has also appeared on The Parkers, The Cosby Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and Touched by an Angel. On stage, Douglas performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera starring Sting and Dr. Bearing in Wit, where she was the first African American to perform the role. Douglas is an Award winning actress: a two time Image Award winner, a Black Oscar, a Reel Award and the Mary Martin Award which was awarded to Douglas by Mary Martin. Douglas appears in the Rel Dowdell film, Changing the Game in 2011.

Personal and Community[edit]

Douglas is the daughter of Lois Mae and Donald Douglas, Sr. She is married to Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb, a radiologist, and has one daughter. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and a student in the Master’s Program in Jazz Vocals at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority where she serves as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Commission on Arts and Letters. In the community, she is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of America, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda (a national leadership and honors organization) and Jack and Jill.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Purlie Television film
1989 Tap Amy Simms
1990 The Knife and Gun Club Ginny Ducette Television film
1992 Chain of Desire Angie
1992 Condition: Critical Dr. Bailey Wallace Television film
1994 I'll Do Anything Rainbow House Star
1994 The Inkwell Brenda Tate
1994 Search for Grace Margaret / Melody Television film
1994 Jason's Lyric Gloria
1998 The Last Weekend Short film
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Angela
1998 Alyson's Closet Old Lady Short film
1999 Student Affairs Gretchin Television film
2003 Sounder The Mother Television film
2003 School of Rock Tomika's Mother
2004 Sunday on the Rocks Jessica
2012 Changing the Game Mrs. Davis
2015 Whitney Cissy Houston Television film
2015 Happy Yummy Chicken Sarah Del Casserole


Year Title Role Notes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Lorna Wells Episode: "Vendetta"
1990 The Cosby Show Rebecca Shorter Episode: "Live and Learn"
1990–1991 Against the Law Yvette Carruthers 17 episodes
1991 Great Performances Lady In Plaid / The Girl Episode: "The Colored Museum"
1991 ABC Afterschool Specials Sammy Episode: "In the Shadows of Love: A Teen AIDS Story"
1992 I'll Fly Away Ruth 3 episodes
1993 American Playhouse Eunice Perry Episode: "Hallelujah"
1995–1999 The Parent 'Hood Jerri Peterson 90 episodes
1996, 1999 Touched by an Angel Dr. Rebecca Dixon, Briana 2 episodes
1996 NYPD Blue Mrs. Torrence Episode: "Where's 'Swaldo"
1997–1998 Promised Land Dr. Rebecca Dixon 4 episodes
1999–2000 The Parkers Constance McFarland 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Principal Episode: "Secrets"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Karen Watkins Episode: "Mad Hops"
2010 The Good Wife Judge Keely Farmer Episode: "Infamy"
2011 Are We There Yet? Melissa Episode: "The Parent Teacher Trap Episode"


  1. ^ a b "Suzzanne Douglas". The New York Times. 
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