Lou Myers (September 16, 1935 – February 19, 2013)
Lou Leabengula Myers was born in Chesapeake, West Virginia. His first big break came as an understudy in the Broadway play, The First Breeze of Summer. He has appeared in 20 films and was often cast as a grumpy old man.
Myers is best known as Mr. Gaines from the sitcom, A Different World.
Over his career, Myers won an NAACP Image award for playing Stool Pigeon in the play King Hedley II. He won an Off-Broadway AUDELCO award for the play Fat Tuesday.
In February 2013, Myers died in Charleston, West Virginia after battling pneumonia for the last few months of his life. He was 77.