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OTRC: Lou Myers dies at 76: He played Mr. Gaines on 'A Different World'

Lou Myers appears in a promotional photo for the 2013 film 'Dreams.' ( Dreams on Screen Productions)

Lou Myers, an actor likely best known for his role as Mr. Gaines on the television series "A Different World," died at age 76 on Tuesday, February 19, The Associated Press reports.

Myers died at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. The actor, who was a West Virginia native, had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently, according to the wire service. An autopsy was planned.

His TV credits included "NYPD Blue," ''E.R.," ''The Cosby Show" and ''Touched by an Angel." He also appeared in several films, including "Tin Cup," ''How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Wedding Planner" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story." His last role was in the 2013 film "Dreams" with Angie Stone.

"A Different World," which was a spin-off of "The Cosby Show," ran from 1987-93 and originally starred Lisa Bonet. Myers also appeared on Broadway including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple."

Myers was a chairman of Global Business Incubation, which helps urban small businesses, and chairman of the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre.

He won a NAACP "Best Actor" award for playing the Stool Pigeon in "King Hedley II," a play by August Wilson.