TV, film and stage actor Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Gaines on the sitcom A Different World in the ’80s and early ’90s, has died at 77. Myers passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center in his native state of West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months, TMZ.com reported.
On television, he had roles on ER, JAG and NYPD Blue, but is best remembered for playing Vernon Gaines on A Different World, which was a spin-off from The Cosby Show. On Broadway, Myers appeared in productions including Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He won an NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of the Stool Pigeon in the play King Hedley II.
Lou is survived by his mother Dorothy, 95, a son, and two grandsons. We’ll all remember Vernon as that fast talking, fast witted cook who instilled knowledge in the students he was serving. Myers will be missed and our condolences go out to his family.