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Lou Myers
Born September 26, 1945 (1945-09-26) (age 64)
Charleston, West Virginia

Lou Leabengula Myers (born September 26, 1945) is an American actor. Myers is typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has 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 probably best known as the feisty Mr. Vernon Gaines in the sitcom A Different World. Myers is also an accomplished pianist.

Myers was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Dorothy Jeffries (née Brown).[1]



Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Missing Pieces Attendant
1994 Cobb Willie
1995 The Passion of Darkly Noon Quincy
1996 Tin Cup Clint
1997 Volcano Pastor Lake
1998 Goodbye Lover Police Captain
Bulworth Uncle Tyrone
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Uncle Ollie
1999 The Big Confession Tommy
The Stand-In Half-Step Wilson
2000 Everything's Jake Abe
2001 All About You Toomie
The Wedding Planner Burt Weinberg
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Blue Smoke Jones
The Fighting Temptations Homer T.
2004 Team Player Coach Lou
2007 Kings of the Evening Counter Man


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".


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