'Different World' actor Lou Myers dies
February 21st, 2013
10:31 AM ET

'Different World' actor Lou Myers dies

Lou Myers, a stage, film and TV actor who memorably portrayed Mr. Gaines on the comedy "A Different World," has died, CNN confirms.

Myers had been battling pneumonia for months at the time of his death, according to a statement from Global Business Incubation, a nonprofit of which he was chairman. He passed away in Charleston, West Virginia, on February 19 at the age of 75.

Although Myers is known for playing the lovably grumpy restaurant owner on Bill Cosby's "A Different World" a spinoff of "The Cosby Show" that followed a group of college students the actor held a variety of credits to his name.

He appeared in TV shows such as "NYPD Blue," "JAG" and "ER" in addition to movies like 2001's "The Wedding Planner" and 1998's "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

A West Virginia native and an alum of West Virginia State University, Myers also brought his talent to the stage. His first appearance on Broadway was with the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of "The First Breeze of Summer," and he went on to perform in "The Piano Lesson," "Oprah Winfrey's Color Purple" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

One of Myers' earliest credited appearances on television was on "The Cosby Show," and according to the statement, "Lou always remembered that he owes his introduction to Hollywood to Bill Cosby."

The actor is survived by his mother, who is 95, and his son.


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    RIP snookums...

    July 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. L.B.

    My girl Shaqueeta said he choked on some chicken. R.I.P.

    July 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 23, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  20. Lisa

    Mr. Gains will be missed a lot. Did know about his passing. He was a great actor. Loved him on T,V, He made you laugh on all shows he played on. Gone to Heaven to Rest. R.I.P

    May 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. Marta Pastor

    Claro y conciso. Muchas gracias. Besos!

    April 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Maria

    RIP Mr. Myers. You will always be Mr. Gaines to me.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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    March 11, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  24. MaryAnne

    RIP lou

    February 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rest in Peace

    Lou

    February 24, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  26. It's my birthday!!!! !!! !!!

    Wearing my new Crocs (thanks, Dad!) and dancing around listening to Ebn Ozn on my Zune!

    "A...E...I...O...U..."

    February 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. John Glenn

    What a queef

    February 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ronnie Stewart

    He was a great actor I will always remember him from the fighting temptations how Stella got her groove back different world and the Cosby show

    February 22, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  29. lady bam.

    R.I.P. MR LOU MYERS GOD BLESS YOU

    February 22, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  30. rip

    lou

    February 22, 2013 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  31. Sad

    Was he the dad in FRIDAY

    February 22, 2013 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Zoglet

      Im pretty certain he played Mr T in the A-team.
      Either than or he was the small one from Different Strokes.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jimmy Johnson

    He's in a different world now.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  33. mbt

    Unfortunatly people need to find the right place to vent their boredom rest in peace talented man thankfully im sure this nonsece does not exist where u r reat in peace all u others get some help

    February 22, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  34. DRlNKlN' M0M

    Who cares?

    February 22, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  35. shirley

    Rip.we.going.miss.your.show.it.was.real.good.show..god.blss.your.people

    February 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Zoglet

    I will miss his cheeky catch phrase "What you talking bout Willis"
    But at least he grew to a decent height before his end. RIP.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      WTH are you talking about? That is not Gary Coleman ~ Who by the way died a few years back.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Uhm, that was Gary Coleman and the show was "Different Strokes"....*sigh* -.- (the two don't even look alike)

      February 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tug Romney

      Gary Coleman was terrific in Office Space (Lumburgh), but I think I liked him better as Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie.

      February 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. R.L.Abrams

    You will be missed & we enjoyed your work may you R.I.P.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. momma

    Loved him as Mr. Gaines on "A Different World". Rest in Peace...

    February 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Margaret

    did not post those horrible posts......don't wish death on people you look like an idiot all day today as it is.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    M.

    L.B. – Do you really think that comment is funny??? If you do, you are nothing but a piece of garbage masquerading as a human. I hope you die a horribly painful death very soon so I do not have to read your incredibly ignorant posts. You are a POS !

    February 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    M.

    By the way.... it's "choked" not "chocked". If you want to post this garbage, at least learn how to spell you f*****g loser!

    February 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  41. somone just hacked into my phone

    -

    February 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ivotedforobamatoo

    rip

    February 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  43. IvotedforObama

    RIP Lou

    February 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  44. So Sorry That Sir

    your were well respected....rip my dear sir.

    February 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Paulette Jax

    we'll miss you....

    February 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  46. play me

    good bye kind soul

    February 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. paul

    rest sir in peace.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. american

    RIP MR. MYERS

    February 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  49. tool

    rip to that nice man.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. USA

    RIP MR MYERS.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Butch

    condolences from our family too yours

    February 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. RIP Lou

    Hope your in peace –

    February 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. PayneFamily

    Thank you for representing West Virginia well! Prayers to his family and close friends!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  54. ToolFake

    what do you expect?

    February 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  55. ohsnap

    RIP...funny man.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dizzyd

    So sad there are ppl who can't show decency even at something like this. RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. RIP my dear lou

    its a racist why is it commenting.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Chicken Tool

    Wonder why he got so sick...oh well...rip lou...your fans loved you

    February 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. phonetool

    i'm sorry he died. rip

    February 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  60. gahh

    He definately was a good actor. RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. different world..

    same old feelings....see u soon oh and RIP LOU

    February 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Andrew

    Thank you, Mr. Lou Myers, sir.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Its just amazing...

    How Lou died so quickly... he was a sweet man but now he's gone to heaven ... i hope he didn't suffer.
    rip

    February 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. SadNews

    I still feel sorry for lou for becoming so sick. He WAS a very funny comedian. unfortunatly the illness does control you and eventually you do no know what is going on anymore.

    i'm sorry he died...RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Lou lived a bitter life

    and a very closed one. I hope he realizes he could have lived much longer. rip

    February 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SandraDee

      You feel the need to talk badly about someone who just died? Your life must be very bitter and ugly indeed. How samll you are to speak ill of the recently dead. You better just hope someone cares enough when you die to even give a flip.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • don't look at me

      a tooled blogger said.... said if a black touches me i could get contaminated....go tool your self-

      love lou rest in peace.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • That is funny

      talk about a hippocrite blue blog name.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Lou has been sick for years...

    its clear it took a tole on him. i'm sorry he officially dead....rip

    February 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  67. lou's account has been closed for 2 weeks...

    RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tool Addiction

    if you want the other 7 names it will say the same thing–RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Tool

    call: i said battling a hacker for months not an illness...

    February 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  70. cp

    Battling pneumonia for months? Why wasn't he on antibiotics?

    February 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Perhaps it was viral or a fungal pneumonia neither respond to antibiotics. Not all pneumonia is bacterial and perhaps he had a strain that was resistant to most antibiotics (growing problem) or he may have had other medical problems that was causing his overall health to be worsened with the pneumonia. Or he simply could have died of something else but this was the "official" reason given.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tool

      that's right it was job illimination...

      February 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Antiobiotic resistant strains are becoming pretty common (like MRSA and DRSP). Aside from that, the viral form of pneumonia (for which antibiotics will do nothing) account for about a third of adult cases.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tool

      would you like the other 7 names too confirm also?.....

      February 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • the account's been closed for 2 wks

      what is Lou doing?

      February 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVFAN

      He was on antibiotics but just couldn't fight it. He has been sick since before Christmas. He has been in hospital for way over a month.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  71. ROCKWOOD

    R.I.P.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  72. everett

    RIP....... You were very funny and a very good actor.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  73. RIP LOU

    funny person!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  74. R.I.P LOU..You will be missed..

    My family and i enjoyed very much watching you on A Different Wold show and on the Wedding Planner movie with Jennifer Lopez.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I also enjoyed watching Lou on A Different World and The Color Purple. He was a great actor and comedian. So sad to hear he passed. RIP LOU

      February 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Tool

    i remember this actor he was very funny–

    February 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  76. RIP

    here we go with the teenage stuff....send me the tool report let me read it...thank you

    February 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  77. empresstrudy

    I blame the culture of guns.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Now we are afloat

    because its over...phat girl

    February 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  79. DBARD

    Lackawanna Blues.

    Why wasn't this part mentioned?

    Great movie.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  80. You preach politics

    yet you make fun of the blacks...just curious is it comedy or are you calling my friend black for kicks...
    your president is black

    February 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  81. WVFAN

    Sad to see you go Lou. You were a wonderful actor, talented singer, a loving friend, and a great neighbor. Chesapeake won't be the same without you. Thanks for all the wonderful New Years dinner parties. We will all keep an eye on your mom. RIP dear friend.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Hispanic Number 1

    your also a racist-she's white why do you call her black...she is not black

    February 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Lisette

    you can't see a dam thing....nobody blogs here because of all the comments.....you have no script but the one
    you make fun of....that's not original is it.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  84. diz aint her...

    personally whoever you are.....your politics sucks, your remarks suck and you appear too be a tooled teenager.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  85. nerp

    Rip..great show, how sad :(

    February 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  86. 1 is Zero

    we never poke fun of job loss....your so political on this blog....yet you make fun of job loss?

    February 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Barbara

    RIP Lou! I remember when you taught the Drama and Afarican Dancingclasses at the Marcus Garvey theather back in the 70's. Michelle, Nannette, and I will always keep you in our hearts!

    February 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  88. 1 is Zero

    if your beach that's sad making fun of people who lose their jobs.....

    February 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  89. icz;eivz

    Not sure who he is but at least he is at peace now.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. which communications are true and which are false

    the light is on...but who's here......rip

    February 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  91. UncleBaire

    R.I.P Lou...

    In your acting career, you have turned in many great performances. However, the one performance that will forever have me doubled over in laughter, is the one you did in the movie Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones.
    The way you told Cobb where to get off was absolutely priceless.

    Another great soldier have fallen...

    February 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  92. AddectTules

    daz all you got....

    February 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. onewave4u

    I liked 'different world' funny as hell. I'll have to find a dvd or maybe itunes and see Lou Myers in action to fully remember. He will be missed.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  94. I mean

    I live in a house.....

    February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  95. AddectTule

    I love in a house -

    February 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Et

    Et you must have no life beyond the computer in your moms basement so sad

    February 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Heart2

    have a great afternoon and evening boo.....

    February 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mary

    not it was 76 plus bonus of 40-so from them 20 from elvis hair do

    February 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Larry

    I think dies at the age of 75 means he was 75

    February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Cher

    not at 25 every 3 mo while in aruba is hardly a tin cup

    February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Smyrna

    So sad t hear that he's passed on. He will be greatly missed.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Nope Not In Tin Cup

    Rest in Peace

    February 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Southern70

    Wasn't he in Tin Cup?

    February 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mandy

    rip

    February 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  105. LinLin

    RIP Mr. Myers. Thank you for years of entertainment.

    The article had his mother's age but not his? Come on, let's step it up here. You know an article is incomplete when it makes you search the internet for more information.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Balser

      Second paragraph, last sentence: He passed away in Charleston, West Virginia, on February 19 at the age of 75.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heart2

      sad news...rip

      February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      Clearly you need to brush up on your reading skills. Read, don't scan.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TerryO1

      Actually, the article had his age listed as 75 in about the first paragraph.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Mandy

    same schtick different day

    February 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  107. donnadiva

    Thank you for your talents and RIP.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Lunchroom

    i love you boo...the t. was not mean't for you....i want too be your friend.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Poking fun of people who lose lives and jobs?

    wow that is hatred.....

    February 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  110. lean6

    That Cosby Show episode was so funny that I still remember it to this day. The guy just had natural presence.
    Gaines: "Go down there and tell 'em about me!"
    Cosby: "They still let Mrs. x go."
    Gaines: "Say What?!"
    Cosby: "They still let her go."
    Gaines: "Oh...well, then don't say nothing about me then...cuz you the wrong man!" (exits grumbling inaudibly)

    February 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  111. T.

    i find it amazing how one stays this way and how hatred can be so bad toward someone with all of its own problems there is still time for such hatred.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mean't for the tools not you

      you looked cute this morning...see u soon!

      February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Rhonda

    How sad. He was great at what he did. At least he had loved a great life.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • no reason to make fun of someone losing their life

      or their job fatso supreme

      February 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  113. LiquidV

    Yeah, let's take a sad note about a beloved actor and turn it into a political commentary.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • And you're surprised???

      As if this thread should be any different than the billions of other threads that get hijacked by numbnuts who need to sound off about their politics and/or their religion.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. It's right

    and it always will be. rip mr. myers.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  115. SWITCHBESTILLON

    RIP Dear

    February 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  116. bye

    rip

    February 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Kelly ATL

    You were such a funny character and great actor on A Different World. May you live on in syndication.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  118. me too

    rest in peace mr. myers

    February 21, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  119. sassysticks53

    Rest in peace Mr. Myers.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  120. Peace

    His Mom is 95 & has to bury her son...what's wrong w/that pic? RIP

    February 21, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      No kidding. Just that fact alone is very sad. He had quite an acting career. Sorry to hear about his passing. rip..

      February 21, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      It's just wrong. A person should never out live their children. My great grandmother out lived all her children. It was a heartbreak she had to live with for years.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Computer Bones

    You bang people don't you?....

    February 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  122. M.

    L.B. – Do you really think that comment is funny??? If you do, you are nothing but a piece of garbage masquerading as a human. I hope you die a horribly painful death very soon so I do not have to read your incredibly ignorant posts. You are a POS !

    February 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  123. M.

    By the way.... it's "choked" not "chocked". If you want to post this garbage, at least learn how to spell you f*****g loser!

    February 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  124. someone just phone hacked.

    -

    February 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  125. someone just phone hacked

    -

    February 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Jacob

    Jowl,
    You sir, are an idiot. This article is about a accomplished actor that has a body of work that many appreciate. Just because his career meant nothing to you does not mean he should not be written about. I personally know very little about the symphony or artistic community in Russia, but when I read about the horrific attack on the new ballet director I showed respect for their community.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
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    @Jowl,
    Whether you've heard of his name or not, I'm sure you reconize his body of work which is fairly impressive. You give me the sense that you're an ignorant, contained white person, probably in a small community you've rarely ventured away from. Please crawl back into your dumb hole.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
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    You are a bigot!!!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
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    I agree! We white people get such a raw deal in this world. Poor poor pitiful us!

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