Obituary: Lou Myers / Actor best known for 'A Different World'

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Lou Myers, versatile actor seen on 'A Different World'

Character actor Lou Myers, who gained his most fame from playing Mr. Gaines in the NBC sitcom "A Different World," has died.

A spokesman from Mr. Myers' nonprofit organization Global Business Incubation Inc. confirmed with The Associated Press that the 77-year-old actor died Tuesday at a hospital in Charleston, W.Va. Although no cause of death was given, he had been in and out of the hospital since Christmas and had recently collapsed.

Mr. Myers had a lengthy career on both stage and screen that spanned five decades, but his role on "The Cosby Show" spinoff "A Different World" was his best known. Mr. Myers had already appeared on two episodes of "The Cosby Show" as a different character before joining the cast of the spinoff starring Lisa Bonet in 1988.

Mr. Myers joined the cast in the show's second season, playing Mr. Gaines, owner and manager of the hangout The Pit. He stayed with it for the next five seasons, until the series ended in 1993.

Mr. Myers continued to act regularly after the end of the series, with supporting roles in such films as "Tin Cup," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "The Wedding Planner."

He also appeared on Broadway in Oprah Winfrey's production of "The Color Purple" and won an NAACP Image award for best actor for his role in August Wilson's play "King Hedley II."

In recent years, Mr. Myers also sang jazz and blues in a cabaret show titled "Negro Music in Revue," which toured around the world..

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