Hollywood has lost a great star. Lou Myers, who was best known for his role as restaurant owner Mr. Gaines in A Different World , died on Tuesday night at the age of 77, the Associated Press reports (via Fox News).
According to Tonia McDonald of Myers’ not-for-profit organization, Global Business Incubation Inc., the actor passed away at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. After reportedly being in and out of the hospital since late last year, the actor recently collapsed, landing him back in medical care. An autopsy is planned to learn the official cause of Myers’ death.
Myers has a long résumé as an actor. He broke into the career in 1976 as an understudy for the Broadway play The First Breeze of Summer. In addition to A Different World, on which Myers starred from 1988-1993, his TV credits include NYPD Blue, All About the Andersons, ER, and My Parents, My Sister & Me. He also had roles in films like How Stella Got Her Groove Back and The Wedding Planner.
Myers was born in Chesapeake, W.Va. and was living near the state’s capital at the time of his death. He is survived by his mother and his son.
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