Lou Meyers passed away last Tuesday (February 19) at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia, but while his cause of death hasnâ€™t been determined, the 77-yearâ€“old actor didnâ€™t move on to his next journey without leaving fans with a little something special behind.
As Meyers said goodbye to his NBC set in 1993, the West Virginia native didnâ€™t say goodbye to show biz as he continued to appear on televisions shows over the next 15 years including series such as Living Single (1995), The Jamie Foxx Show (1996), JAG (1998), The Famous Jett Jackson (1999) and NYPD Blue (2004 â€“ 2005). And while known for television, the man readily known as Vernon Gaines made a name for himself in Hollywood in movies like How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), The Wedding Planner (2001), The Fighting Temptations (2003), Lackawanna Blues (2005) and his most recent film, Dreams, which released February 1.
Meyersâ€™ love for acting was strong. In addition to his film and television roles, Lou made his way to Broadway where he acquired roles in Oprah Winfreyâ€™s The Color Purple, Maurice Hinesâ€™ Hot Feet and received an NAACP Image award for his performance in August Wilson's, King Hedley II. The West Virginia actor was a mainstay to his community and the entertainment industry as he also founded Global Business Incubation Inc., an organization focused on helping small urban businesses.
From Broadway to Hollywood, it really will be a different world without Lou Meyers in it.