Lou Myers, an actor and entertainer who played a janitor on the Crosby Show spin-off about about life on a historically black college campus, died Tuesday night according to the Associated Press. Tonia McDonald, the president of Myers' non-profit Global Business Incubation Inc. confirmed the news to the news agency.
The West Virginia native known to many as Vernon Gaines on A Different World, acting in a number of Broadway shows, films and shows including the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Wedding Planner along side Jennifer Lopez and Touched By an Angel. He even won a NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of the Stool Pigeon in the play King Hedley II.
Myers was also a pianist and singer. He traveled the world singing jazz and blues with touring company "Negro Music in Vogue." Myers wrote and performed songs for children. In a video interview, Myers said his knack for entertaining children began in "Sunday school." It is unclear what his faith convictions were.
The 77-year-old also invested in his community, helping small businesses and aspiring actors flourish through his companies Global Business Incubation Inc. and the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre.
McDonald reported to the AP that Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and had even collapsed prior to his death.
Myers left behind his mother Dorothy Jeffries, 95, a son, Melvin Myers, and two grandsons, Brayden and Christian.