Lou Myers (actor)

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Lou Myers
Born (1935-09-26)September 26, 1935
Chesapeake, West Virginia
Died February 19, 2013(2013-02-19) (aged 77)
Charleston, West Virginia

Lou Leabengula Myers (September 26, 1935 – February 19, 2013)[1] was an American actor. Myers was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first break as an understudy in the Broadway play, The First Breeze of Summer as Reverend Mosley. He is perhaps best known as the feisty Mr. Vernon Gaines in the sitcom A Different World. Myers was also an accomplished pianist.

Myers was born in Chesapeake, West Virginia, the son of Dorothy Jeffries (née Brown).[2] Myers died at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Missing Pieces Attendant
1994 Cobb Willie
1995 The Piano Lesson Wining Boy
1995 The Passion of Darkly Noon Quincy
1996 Tin Cup Clint
1997 Volcano Pastor Lake
1998 Goodbye Lover Police Captain
Bulworth Uncle Tyrone
Mama Flora's Family Albie
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Uncle Ollie
1999 The Big Confession Tommy
The Stand-In Half-Step Wilson
2000 Everything's Jake Abe
2001 All About You Toomie
The Wedding Planner Burt Weinberg
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Blue Smoke Jones
The Fighting Temptations Homer T.
2004 Team Player Coach Lou
2007 Kings of the Evening Counter Man
2013 DREAMS 2013" Mr. Harlan


Myers won an NAACP Image Award for his role as the Stool Pigeon in the August Wilson play, King Hedley II. He also won the Off-Broadway AUDELCO Award for his role in the play, Fat Tuesday.

In 2005 the Appalachian Education Initiative listed Myers as one of 50 "Outstanding Creative Artists" from the State of West Virginia and featured him in their coffeetable book "Art & Soul".


  1. ^ "Lou Myers Dead - Mr. Vernon Gaines From 'A Different World' Dies at 77". TMZ.com. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ Lou Myers Biography (1945-2013)
  3. ^ "Lou Myers, A Different World Actor, Dies". People Magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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