We are losing our favorite television father figures left and right this year! First, Mr. Drummond, played by Conrad Baines, passed away, and now we have learned that Lou Myers, known to most audiences as Mr. Vernon Gaines on ‘A Different World’, has passed away. He was 77.
Though he was was featured actor in several high profile movies (later after the television series) like ‘Volcano’, ‘Tin, Cup’, and ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’, Myers was undoubtedly best known to audiences from the late 80s through until the early 90s as one of the father figures on the spin-off show from ‘The Cosby Show’, ‘A Different World.’ In the show, he played a somewhat ornery, but always gentle older man to the college students on the campus. The show ran for six seasons and brought him into the homes of millions on a weekly basis.
Since last December, the actor had been suffering from a series of health ailments, being hospitalized at least twice. Lou Myers is survived by his mother and his son. Our condolences to the Myers family.