Although Suzzanne Douglas briefly appeared on NYPD Blue as Mrs. Torrence in a season four episode titled “Where’s’ Swaldo,” the actor has had a prolific career in movies, television series, and made-for-TV films that extend into the going back to the early 80s. In 1989, Douglas received a NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Amy in “Tap,” which also starred Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. (via NBC News), before she got her first recurring role in Fox right-wing dramedy in 1991. ” Against the law.” From there, the Chicago native starred in the award-winning, civil rights-based NBC series “I’ll Fly Away” (via IMDb).
Douglas built on her success with recurring roles on the “Touched by an Angel” spin-off “Promised Land” and later on The WB’s popular sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood”. In 2004 Douglas was again nominated for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special at the NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the mother in “The Wonderful World of Disney” TV movie “Sounder” (via IMDb). Most recently, the actor played Tomika’s mother in School of Rock, played the mother of singer Whitney Houston in the Angela Bassett-directed television biopic “Whitney” and played Grace Cuffee, mother of the unjustly accused teenager Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk). , in Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” (via IMDb).
After creating unforgettable and moving characters on screen for over 40 years, the actor’s last appearance came in 2020 with Angel Kristi Williams’ “Really Love”. Douglas died on July 6, 2021, aged 64, at her home in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Her death was the result of complications from cancer (via The New York Times).