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Lou Myers (born on September 26, 1935 – died February 19, 2013)[1] was an American actor.

Lou Myers
Lewis Eddy Myers

(1935-09-26)September 26, 1935
Cabin Creek, West Virginia, US
DiedFebruary 19, 2013(2013-02-19) (aged 77)
Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Known forrole as Vernon Gaines on the NBC-TV series A Different World

Myers was born in Cabin Creek, West Virginia, the son of Dorothy Jeffries (née Brown).[2]

He was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he 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.[citation needed]

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 TV Movie
1995 The Passion of Darkly Noon Quincy
1996 Tin Cup Clint
1997 Volcano Pastor Lake
1998 Mama Flora's Family Albie TV Mini-Series
Goodbye Lover Police Captain
Bulworth Uncle Tyrone
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Uncle Ollie
1999 The Big Confession Tommy
The Stand-In Half-Step Wilson
2001 The Wedding Planner Burt Weinberg
All About You Toomie
2003 The Fighting Temptations Homer T.
Nobody Knows Anything! Blue Smoke Jones
2004 Team Player Coach Lou
2007 Kings of the Evening Counter Man
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Jimmy
2013 Dreams Mr. Harlan (final film role)


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Lou Myers Dead – Mr. Vernon Gaines From 'A Different World' Dies at 77". February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Lou Myers profile,; accessed February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lou Myers, A Different World Actor, Dies". People Magazine. Retrieved February 21, 2013.

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