Lou Myers (born September 26, 1935 – died February 19, 2013)[1] played the role of Pit Stop cafteria owner/proprietor Vernon Gaines in Seasons 2-6 of A Different World.

Life and careerEdit

Lou was born in Cabin Creek, West Virginia, the son of Dorothy Jeffries (née Brown).[2]

He was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he appeared in many movies, stage plays television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first break as an understudy in the Broadway play, The First Breeze of Summer as Reverend Mosley. He is perhaps best known as the feisty Mr. Vernon Gaines in the sitcom A Different World. Myers was also an accomplished pianist. Myers died at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months.[3]


Myers won an NAACP Image Award for his role as the Stool Pigeon in the August Wilson play, King Hedley II. He also won the Off-Broadway AUDELCO Award for his role in the play, Fat Tuesday.

In 2005 the Appalachian Education Initiative listed Myers as one of 50 "Outstanding Creative Artists" from the State of West Virginia and featured him in their coffeetable book Art & Soul.


  1. Lou Myers Dead - Mr. Vernon Gaines From 'A Different World' Dies at 77. (2013-02-20). Retrieved on 2013-02-28.
  2. Lou Myers profile,; accessed February 19, 2016.
  3. Lou Myers, A Different World Actor, Dies. People Magazine. Retrieved on February 21, 2013.

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