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'A Different World's' Lou Myers Passes Away At Age 76

by Sergio
February 20, 2013 10:11 PM
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Lou Myers

Actor/singer Lou Myers, best known as the restaurant owner Mr Gaines on A Different World, passed away today after a short illness at the age of 76.

A native of Chesapeake, West Virginia, Myers had returned to the state and lived in the Charleston, W. VA area.

Though, of course, best known for his role as Mr Gaines on World from 1988-1993, Myers appeared in some 44 film and TV roles. He also appeared on the stage in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and King Hedley IV, for which he won the NAACP Best Actor award in a stage production. Among his other stage roles were Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Color Purple on Broadway.

As a singer and performer he performed in his own cabaret show in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Myers was also chairman of Global Business Incubation that helped urban small businesses, and chairman of the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre.

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  • Paul | February 24, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    My condolences to the relatives, colleagues, and fans of Lou Myers.

  • am92 | February 23, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    Rest in peace sir I loved you on a different world. You will truly be missed

  • dee | February 21, 2013 3:08 PMReply

    Sad to hear this...Loved DW he was a big part of the show always looked forward to what he had to say next.

  • ALM | February 21, 2013 11:34 AMReply

    I truly hated to hear this. It was a pleasure to watch him dish out wisdom while simultaneously going toe to toe with everyone else (especially his hilarious wife Velma). RIP Mr. Gaines

  • FactChecker | February 21, 2013 2:01 AMReply

    RIP Mr. Gaines, We'll miss you SO much. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Meyers,
    outside the stage door during his run in 'Cat.' What a pleasant, kind man and a
    wonderful actor. Gone too Soon.

  • Ashley1 | February 20, 2013 11:35 PMReply

    Rest In Peace Mr. Myers. Job well done.

  • Bohemian princess | February 20, 2013 11:08 PMReply

    Sad news. May he rest in peace.

  • D.A. | February 20, 2013 11:01 PMReply

    He was an incredible talent and truly underrated performer. I remember watching the cafe scenes in 'A Different World' just to see what he would say. He will be missed.

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